"The three final finalists are set to be announced in early March 2018."
"The Queue is a slow but powerful burn of a novel. It is set in an unnamed country after the 'disgraceful events', as the authorities – known as the Gate – have euphemistically dubbed the Arab spring. ... Elisabeth Jaquette's translation steadily allows the pressure to build."
On Monday night, one of the glitteriest and most well-respected awards of the Egyptian literature season announced its winners. Among the Sawiris Cultural Prize awardees are Youssef Rakha's Paulo and Mohammad Abdelnaby's In the Spider's Room, which is set to appear this fall in Jonathan Wright's translation.
"[I]n recognition of the exquisite narrative techniques they employ in their creative texts and their ability to create narratives that are responsive to the changes of reality and which reflect the deepest thoughts and feelings of the human self."
The winning book, according to the prize guidelines, must be "new and unique in its field" and not have won a previous literary award.
"Bin Shatwan is scheduled to arrive in Durham to begin her residency in January 2018. During her three-month residency, she's meant to engage in monthly literary activities with writers and readers in Durham, the northeast of England, and in London -- in addition to pursuing her work-in-progress."
The jury also awarded two special mentions to Moroccan novelist Yasmine Chami for her novel "Mourir est un enchantement" and to author Khaled Khalifa and translator Rania Samara for "No Knives in the Kitchens of This City." Both authors will receive a €4,000 prize.
"...with the most longlistings to Algerian author Kaouther Adimi's 'Nos richesses'."
The other winners were Martin Pousson, for Black Sheep Boy, in fiction; Paul Kalanithi, for When Breath Becomes Air, in creative nonfiction; Elizabeth Letts, for The Perfect Horse, in research nonfiction; Solmaz Sharif, for Look, in poetry; Stacey Lee, for Outrun the Moon, in young adult; Eli Saslow, for "The White Flight of Derek Black," in journalism; and Lisa Loomer, for Roe, in drama.
"Of the 37 countries where EBRD operates, four are Arab-majority: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia."
"It is Jaber's Confessions, which is in sensuous, tactile translation by Abu-Zeid."
"The winner will be announced on the eve of the FNAC Books Forum, which will take place from September 15 to 17."