“If there is a community large enough to be served by a library,” Alanood said, “then that library should be open through the week.”
United Arab Emirates
“The Young Adult Book of the Year went to veteran Egyptian children’s-book author Rania Hussein Amin, author of the popular Farhana series, for her Sorakh Khalf Al Abwab (Scream Behind the Doors).”
“The partnership will see both publishing companies exchange the same number of books to be published in translation each year.”
“The festival is now set for March 1 to 12.”
When Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi declared that the saying should no longer be “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes, and Baghdad reads,” but instead some combination of Qatari and Emirati cities, many observers scoffed. Yet the Emirates is not just investing in big book fairs and big literary prizes, but also in individual writers.
After two weeks detained in Abu Dhabi following this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, German author Jörg Albrecht has been granted passage home. According to his publisher, he arrived in Berlin this morning.
Isabelle Mayault is editor-at-large for Uncommon Guidebooks, which has just come out with an Uncommon Dubai and has an Uncommon Cairo in production. What makes these guidebooks less-than-common is that they take a more literary, anecdotal eye on their city-subjects.
I’m late to this, but the first ever Emirates Novel Award (@UAENovelAward) announced three finalists for its Best Short Novel (17,000 – 40,000 words) category last Thursday.
The UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) is now open for submissions to the 5th Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature — the first time there will be an award especially for YA.
A piece by Ayesha Almazroui in The National says “The UAE is a young country and so it has yet to develop a rich literary heritage to compare with…other countries in the region.” So, she asks: How can it be jump-started? Can it be jump-started?
A trio of new literary prizes, announced yesterday by sponsor twofour54, will reward books by Emiratis in three categories: Best Novel, Best Short Novel (Novella), and “Special Writer.”
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.”