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The Atlas is proud to be partnering with the Hay Festival's Beirut39 contest, celebrating Beirut's year as UNESCO World Book Capital, to find the hottest authors under 40 of Arabic origin. Nominations are open until August 24th, 2009.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Al Amajidi Ibn Dhaher Blue Metropolis Arab Literary Prize 2009

Literary Saloon (always first with the global lit stories!) reports that Zakaria Tamer won the Blue Metropolis Arab Literary Prize for 2009, awarded at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montréal. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi, the prize "seeks to increase global awareness of Arab writers and literature, and strengthen the role of the UAE in supporting interaction among cultures and civilizations."

Tamer's short stories, Breaking Knees, are available in English from Garnet and The Hedgehog, a novel, is due shortly from AUC.

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