Organizers for the Emirati Sheikh Zayed Book Award today announced shortlists in their literature, young author, and children’s-literature categories:
Tunisian poet Moncef Ouhaïbi’s The Penultimate Cup; a collection of poems (2019)
Meanwhile, the “young author” category was made up of a novel and two academic stories: Kuwaiti novelist Bothayna al-Essa’s All Things(2017), as well as studies in Islamic theology and the literature of Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi.
The children’s-literature shortlist was made up of works by two Emirati writers (Nadia AlNajjar and Maryam Saqer Al Qasim) and the well-known Palestinian author Ibtisam Barakat. The three books were: My Wondrous Outing with Uncle Salem (2019) by AlNajjar, The Lilac Girl (2019) by Barakat, and The Water Seller (2019) by Al Qasimi.
According to organizers, a total of 1900 entries were subbed this year; 438 for the literature category, 498 for the young-author category, and 205 in children’s literature.
Also read, Ez Eldin:
Also read, Ouhaïbi:
Moncef Ouahibi’s “If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler,” trans. Sinan Antoon
Also read, Azzam: