2016 Sharjah Book Fair Opens to Children’s and YA Awards, Buzz About New Reading Law

"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)."

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."

Emirates LitFest Lineup Revealed

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, now in its fifth year, released its schedule yesterday for the March 5-9 event, set to be held at the InterContinental in Dubai Festival City. Tickets are now on sale to "Festival Friends." Headline authors include UK poet Simon Armitage, British thriller-writer Jeffrey Archer, British-Indian author William Dalrymple, Algerian novelist … Continue reading Emirates LitFest Lineup Revealed