Tonight at 6 p.m. Cairo time, we’ll know the winner of the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Arabic Literature:
As usual, the American University in Cairo Press will announce the winner on Mahfouz’s birthday in AUC’s Oriental Hall. The Egyptian Nobel literature laureate was born on this day in 1911.
Since 1996, the Mahfouz Medal has been awarded annually to a single novel or co-winning novels, except in 2011, when it went to the “revolutionary creativity of the Egyptian people.” It consists of a silver medal, a cash prize of $1,000, and a publication deal with AUC Press.
This year’s judges are Tahia Abdel Nasser, Shereen Abouelnaga, Mona Tolba, Humphrey Davies, and Rasheed El-Enany. According to Al Ahram, Mahfouz’s living daughter, Um Kulthoum, is not planning to attend the ceremony, citing rights disagreements over the sale of Mahfouz’s work.
On last year’s winner:
A few previous winners:
2011: The Revolutionary Literary Creativity of the Egyptian People