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International Prize for Arabic Winner Announcement

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The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019 will be announced at a ceremony at the Fairmount Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 23 April 2019, from 7pm (GST). The ceremony will be followed by a press conference with the 2019 winner from 8.30pm (GST) at the same venue.

The 2019 shortlist, with author names in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Author Title Country of origin Publisher
Hoda Barakat The Night Mail Lebanon Dar al-Adab
Adel Esmat The Commandments Egypt Kotob Khan
Inaam Kachachi  The Outcast Iraq Dar al-Jadid
Mohammed Al-Maazuz What Sin Caused her to Die? Morocco Cultural Book Centre
Shahla Ujayli  Summer with the Enemy Syria Difaf Publishing and Al-Ikhtilef
Kafa Al-Zou’bi Cold White Sun Jordan Dar al-Adab

Events

To celebrate the six authors and novels shortlisted for the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, there will be a special series of events taking place in Abu Dhabi before and after the winner announcement.

Before the winner announcement

  • Monday 22 April, Emirates Writers’ Union, Abu Dhabi National Theatre, 10am
    An event hosted by Emirates Writers’ Union, will see former IPAF judge Parween Habib chair a panel discussion with the shortlisted authors

Following the announcement of the winning novel on the evening of Tuesday 23 April, the winner and shortlisted authors will participate in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair as follows:

  • Wednesday 24 April, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, 2-6pm, Al Multaqa Book Club
    The winner and shortlisted authors will take part in a salon event
  • Wednesday 24 April, 6pm, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Abu Dhabi Book Fair Winner Event
    The winner of the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction will join writer, broadcaster and IPAF trustee Yassin Adnan for a discussion about their novel in their first solo public event after the announcement
  • Wednesday 24 April, 7pm, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Sea of Culture Foundation Literary Salon
    The winner and shortlisted authors will take part in a salon event hosted by HH Sheikha Rowda bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Founder and Chair of Sea of Culture
  • Thursday 25 April, 4pm, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Panel

         A panel discussion moderated by Yassin Adnan with shortlisted authors Kafa Al-Zou’bi and               Mohammed Al-Maazuz

  • Friday 26 April, 8.30pm, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Panel

        A panel discussion moderated by Yassin Adnan with shortlisted authors Shahla Ujayli, Adel              Esmat and Inaam Kachachi

For more information, please visit: http://adbookfair.com/en/

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is recognised as the leading literary prize in the Arab world. It is awarded for prose fiction in Arabic and each of the six shortlisted finalists receives $10,000, with a further $50,000 going to the winner. Last year’s winner of the prize was The Second War of the Dog by Ibrahim Nasrallah.

The prize is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and is run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.

Please get in touch for more information, or to arrange the following:

 

  • To attend the ceremony or shortlist events if you are going to be in Abu Dhabi
  • Access to film footage of interviews with all shortlisted authors ahead of the ceremony for use on social media or online channels
  • Interviews with the shortlisted authors
  • An interview with the winner following the press conference on Tuesday 23 April or on Wednesday 24 April

For further information about the prize, please visit:

Website www.arabicfiction.org 
Facebook 
@InternationalPrizeforArabicFiction

Instagram @arabicfictionprize
Twitter @FictionArabic

 

For more information or to attend the event, please contact:

 

Hannah Davies and Laura Steele at Four Culture

hannah.davies@fourcommunications.com  / +44 (0) 20 3697 4251

laura.steele@fourcommunications.com  / +44 (0) 20 3697 4241

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