Embrace at the Brooklyn Bridge, a novel by former Egyptian diplomat (and current novelist-professor-commentator) Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, is the second of Fishere’s novels to be longlisted for the prize popularly known as the “Arabic Booker.” The first was Intensive Care… Read More ›
International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)
International Prize for Arabic Fiction organizers announced today that: Given the current turmoil in Cairo and our awareness of, and respect for, the suffering and anxieties of many of those involved, it has been decided that the announcement of the… Read More ›
I’m as yet only half-way through Sarmada, but yalla, we’ll never get through the longlist by Dec. 7 at this snail’s pace. The shortlist was originally scheduled to be announced in Cairo on the 7th, although I imagine the location… Read More ›
Yesterday, I noted that the big controversy (so far) in the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF, “Arabic Booker”) longlist is its surfeit of women. I quoted Susannah Tarbush: “Complaints about the low representation of women in a literary… Read More ›
The big controversy (so far) in the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF or “Arabic Booker”) longlist is its near-lack of women: Just one female name, that of Hawra al-Nadawi, graces the list of thirteen. You can read commentary… Read More ›
Yesterday marked the opening of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-sponsored Nadwa, an eight-writer, eight-day workshop held this year in Abu Dhabi. The eight authors were chosen by IPAF judges from among those who submitted work to the… Read More ›
Fleur Montanaro, who took over administration of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction last September, is currently visiting Cairo. Montanaro was born in Malta and grew up in Malta, Nigeria and London; her MA is in English literature, and she later studied Arabic at SOAS.
Hassan Daoud, the Lebanese novelist and journalist, delivered an engrossing talk in London last week as part of the capital’s ongoing Shubbak festival.
Submissions for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) have closed. And so begins speculation as to who will be longlisted for the 2012 IPAF, popularly known as the “Arabic Booker.”
By Zuberino, Guest Author Yesterday afternoon, London played host to the winners of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (popularly known as the “Arabic Booker”): Morocco’s Mohammed Achaari and the Saudi author Raja Alem. Their first ever joint reading… Read More ›
The season of the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF, or, if you must, “Arabic Booker”) has begun.
New & Forthcoming: Fiction from IPAF Shortlister Bensalem Himmich, Acclaimed Fadhil al-Azzawi and Mahmoud Saeed
International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlister Bensalem Himmich and 2011 IPAF judging chair Fadhil al-Azzawi both have new works of fiction coming soon in English.