other literary prizes

The Trouble with Tareq Imam

Last week, there was quite a flap in the Egyptian literary world as the country’s State Incentive Award went to Tareq Imam’s The Serenity of Killers (Dar Merit)—but then was snatched back on the pretext that Imam had already won a (Sawiris, second-place) award for the book.

Arab Writers, Publishers: Don’t Forget That We, Too, Are Africa

The shortlist is out for the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing. While the press release says that submissions came from “all over Africa”—and an earlier blog post cites entries from Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa—the thirteen shortlistees are from three countries: Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.