Strong list of nom­i­nees for Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Three longlisted nov­els have won the Naguib Mah­fouz Medal for Lit­er­a­ture, writes Saeed Saeed

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Arange of award-win­ning writ­ers are in the run­ning for the 12th edi­tion of Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

Among the 13 nov­els listed for the Lit­er­a­ture prize, three have won the pres­ti­gious Naguib Mah­fouz Medal for Lit­er­a­ture, while an­other three were nom­i­nated for the In­ter­na­tional Prize for Ara­bic Fic­tion.

The list con­tains three Egyp­tian au­thors, two from Saudi Ara­bia, Iraq and Syria re­spec­tively, and writ­ers from Le­banon, Mauritania, Tu­nisia and Jor­dan.

It is the sec­ond time Maysa­loon Hadi has been nom­i­nated for the award, this time for her new work Jano, ante hekay­ati (Jano, You are My Story). The Iraqi au­thor was shortlisted in 2012 for The Tea of the Bride, al­though the award was with­held by or­gan­is­ers that year, cit­ing a lack of works war­rant­ing the pres­ti­gious prize.

Le­banese au­thor Has­san Daoud con­tin­ues a ca­reer pur­ple patch. The longlisted

Fi ‘ithr ghayamah (Trac­ing A Cloud) comes on the back of his ac­claimed and English trans­lated novel No Road to

Par­adise, which won the Naguib Mah­fouz Medal in 2015.

Other medal win­ners longlisted for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in­clude Syr­ian Khalil Sweileh for Re­morse Test and Egypt’s Ez­zat El Kamhawi for At Least We’re To­gether.

When it comes to for­mer IPAF nom­i­nees in­cluded in the Sheikh Zayed Book Award longlist, Syr­ian-French nov­el­ist Maha Has­san with Metro

Ha­lab (Aleppo Metro) is joined by Saudi Ara­bia’s Maqbul Al Alawi for Al Badawi Al Sagheer (The Young Be­douin) and Egypt’s Ibrahim Eissa for Rehlat Al Damm (The Blood Jour­ney).

The ti­tles were cho­sen from 337 nom­i­na­tions across the Mena re­gion. In to­tal, the award’s read­ing panel has as­sessed 1,250 nom­i­nated works across nine cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing Young Au­thor, Trans­la­tion, Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture and Ara­bic Cul­ture in Other Languages.

The short­list will be an­nounced around March next year and will be handed out at a cer­e­mony to co­in­cide with the 2018 Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Book Fair, which will run from April 25 to May 1 at the Abu Dhabi Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The win­ner of Cul­tural Per­son­al­ity of the Year, for con­tri­bu­tions to the ad­vance­ment of Ara­bic cul­ture, will re­ceive Dh1 mil­lion, a gold medal bear­ing the Sheikh Zayed Book Award logo, and a cer­tifi­cate of merit. Each of the win­ners in the other eight cat­e­gories will re­ceive Dh750,000, a gold medal and a cer­tifi­cate of merit.

The Na­tional

Writ­ers in the run­ning for the award orig­i­nate from Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, Iraq, Syria, Le­banon, Mauritania, Tu­nisia and Jor­dan

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