Winner of 2016 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature Set to be Announced Today

"The year's judges are Tahia Abdel Nasser, Shereen Abouelnaga, Humphrey Davies, Rasheed El-Enany, and Mona Tolba."

Ezzat El Kamhawi’s ‘House of al-Deeb’ Wins 2012 Naguib Mahfouz Medal

Today, on the 101st anniversary of Naguib Mahfouz's birth, Egyptian author Ezzat El Kamhawi's novel بيت الديب (House of al-Deeb) won the 2012 medal given in the Mahfouz's name. El Kamhawi, who was born in Sharqiya and currently lives in Qatar, has published several short-story collections and four novels, including City of Delight (1997), A Room Overlooking the Nile (2004), … Continue reading Ezzat El Kamhawi’s ‘House of al-Deeb’ Wins 2012 Naguib Mahfouz Medal

Khalil Sweileh’s ‘Writing Love’

Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh's Writing Love (2008) was the surprise winner of the 2009 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.   The book, trans. Alexa Firat, is out in English as of this summer. In it, Sweileh attempts to say something new about love by constructing a circular book-about-writing-a-book that examines the nature of literature and passion. … Continue reading Khalil Sweileh’s ‘Writing Love’