No thanks

Al Akhbar Al Adab is reporting that Baha' Taher, the winner of the recently established Arabic Booker Prize for his novel واحة الغروب  ("Sunset Oasis"), has declined to be among the candidates for the annual Mubarak Literature Prize, an official literary prize that comes with some serious cash. I think this may the same prize that novelist Sonallah Ibrahim famously rejected in 2003, with a dramatic speech from the podium. 
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.