I hope publishers in the five test countries—Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria—are seeing this. The “Reading Here, There, and Everywhere” award is nowhere near as large as the 1 million dirham Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature, but this… Read More ›
other literary prizes
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.
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.
Palestinian-French-American poet Nathalie Handal‘s latest collection, Love and Strange Horses, won an honorable mention at the recent San Francisco Book Festival. You can read a review of Love and Strange Horses, which was written in English, at Avatar. It’s also… Read More ›
The Literary Saloon announced today that Adina Hoffman has won the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize for her My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness. Hoffman’s book—which I haven’t read—tells the story of poet Taha Muhammad Ali, who was born in… Read More ›
The UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) has gotten a new assignment, the Emirates News Agency reports. It’s to take over the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature, and to dig up a 2010 winner. The prize is… Read More ›
Francophone Lebanese author Amin Maalouf has won Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias literature award, the Asturias foundation announced. Maalouf, the 61-year-old author of Samarkand and The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, beat 26 other contenders that included Portugal’s Nobel-winning author Jose… Read More ›
I just heard about the Arab American Book Awards yesterday, via Asia Writes. I guess I missed the announcement in Publishing Perspectives, and anywhere else it might’ve run. Perhaps the winners were announced in late May? That would be fitting,… Read More ›
They’ve announced the shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing (sometimes called the “African Booker,” even though it’s a short-story prize, not for a novel). The shortlistees were selected from 115 entries from 13 African countries. (This compelled me… Read More ›
At some point in the controversy-riddled process of selecting this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF for short, or Arabic Booker), I sent an email to a fellow blogger-critic, M.A. Orthofer, whining about the whole she-bang. I sum up… Read More ›
Well, that’s wrong. I can’t comment on the whole list, as I was only really familiar with the Arab lit on the longlist (Madman of Freedom Square (Hassan Blasim), Sunset Oasis (Bahaa Taher), Yalo (Elias Khoury), and—written in German by… Read More ›