“This award reminds Fayadh, his family, his supporters, and most importantly, his jailers, that his colleagues will continue advocate for his right to freedom of expression until he is released.”
Previous winners of the Khayrallah Prize include Lebanese-Australian playwright David Joseph and Lebanese-American author Joseph Geha.
“El-Wardany refuses those depictions of sleeping as a passive act. Also, interestingly, he observes the moment of getting to sleep and builds his ideas on it, away from the usual talk about the dreams.”
The novel, according to The Nation, was “a sensation of the 2016 Algiers International Book Fair,” and it also won the Prix de l’Association France-Algérie earlier this year.
“Boxing, perhaps more than any other sport, is made for the modern novel.”
“You cross the bridge suspended over the canal. Colored ships slowly glide across the surface of blue waters below. Now and then, from beyond the hills of fine sand, a date palm emerges, a village, some people. Fish dart across the lake and a swarthy, dusty child poses for the camera, stick in hand.”
The prize has six categories: Young Adult Book of the Year, Best Text, Best Illustrations, Best Production, and Digital Book App of the Year. There is also a “Children’s Book of the Year” award, a top prize worth 300,000 AED, that additionally goes to a book in any of the categories.
Shaykha Aida scolded her sister. “Must you really?”
“The mute knocked into me.”
“I’ll give you a knock!”
“There are codes that you have no access to — and therefore you, like my traveler, are blind.”
Like the anger of the waves.
I broken my silence,
Only for bitterness to build a settlement in my heart!
The grant has allowed Smokestack to pay a small contributors’ fee of £10 a page, but the crowdfunding campaign seeks to “increase this fee to a more professional rate; to cover design and printing costs for the book; and to raise money toward the legal fees of Ashraf Fayadh and Dareen Tatour, both currently imprisoned, respectively in Saudi Arabia and Israel, on charges related to their poetry.”