Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces 2017 Longlist, Features Work by a Mauritanian Novelist for the First Time

“One longlisted work, Dunya Mikhail’s Fi Souq al-Sabaya, is already set to appear in English translation in March 2018 from New Directions, as The Beekeeper.”


Meet Mekkawi Said: The Cairene Fairy King of Antiheroes

He’s an architect who lost his faith in art and himself after the 1992 earthquake, which sparked a crisis on both personal and professional levels. This may explain the novel’s loose and fragile structure, parallel to the loose and fragile buildings destroyed by the quake.

Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature Withheld Again This Year

For the second year in a row, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) judges have declined to grant a literature prize, stating that this year’s “nominations did not meet the Award’s standards and criteria for winning.” This despite a 14-strong literature longlist that included Mohamed al-Bisatie’s 2011 novel “And Their Bed is Green” and Ibrahim Nasrallah’s poetry collection “A Ray of Light Between Two Nights.”