Literary awards

The short list for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (commonly known as the Arab Booker) has been announced, and it comprises: MUHAMMAD AL-MANSI QINDEEL, (Egyptian); MANSOURA EZ ELDIN, (Egyptian); RABEE JABIR, (Lebanese); ABDO KHAL, (Saudi Arabian); RABA’I MADHOUN, (Palestinian) and JAMAL NAJI, (Jordanian).

Also, on December 11 AUC Press announced the winner of this year's Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature (part of the award is that the winning book is translated into English): it's Syrian author Khalil Sweileh, for his book وراق الحب ("The Scribe of Love").