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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sheikh Zayed Book Awards: Find Out More

From Atlas user KA:

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s renovated website was launched last week in its Arabic and English versions. The website has been renovated in response to the growing interest in Sheikh Zayed Book Award during the past two years on both regional and international levels. The award "is presented every year to outstanding Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life.
The award was established under the patronage and support of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage." Previous winners include Libyan novelist Ibrahim al-Koni (2008). The judging process for the 2009 nominations is currently in progress. The winners will be announced early February while the Award Ceremony will be held during Abu Dhabi International Book Award (17-22 February 2009).
New sections were added to the website of the Award which include a Calendar that lists the cultural and literary events -- including several on translation and multilingual publishing -- around the world that the Award has hosted and participated in. “The Award is making use of technology to reach out for its audience in the region and the rest of the world. The new website opens a channel for the Award to communicate and interact with the reader, the scholar, the literary and the public in the easiest and simplest way possible” the Secretary General of the Award, Mr. Rashed Al Oraimi, commented.

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