Yesterday, organizers of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) announced the shortlisted entries in its three categories: literature, emerging author, and children’s literature.Continue Reading

Yesterday, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced the longlist for the prize’s 2021-22 “literature” category. The 15-book longlist is made up of thirteen prose works and two poetry collections written by authors from nine countries: Iraq, Egypt, Oman, Morocco, Mauritania, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait.Continue Reading

“I was immediately absorbed by the description of the Egyptian village, which I knew I would never experience so intimately as a visitor. The opening scene with its image of the novel’s 5-year old protagonist Medhat, racing across the canal that divides his village from the village of the Upper Egyptians had me hooked.”Continue Reading