Yesterday at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), the UAEBBY announced the launch of the third annual Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature.
Organizers are now officially on the lookout for 2011’s best children’s book, which will be announced at the 30th Sharjah International Book Fair this November. The 2010 prize went to Walid Taher’s النقطة السوداء.
In a prepared release, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, president of the Emirates Publishing Association, said: “We are proud of the remarkable development the Eitsalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature has undergone over the past couple of years, and we pledge to ensure that it continues to develop over the years to come until Arabic children’s literature enjoys the status it deserves.”
Other announcements from the fair:
- English-language rights to كم تحبينني, by Fatima Sharafeddine, have been sold to a U.S. publisher.
- Yasmina Jraisatti and Kalimat announced that Raya now represents Kalimat.
- Bloomsbury-Qatar tweeted from the fair that, “It’s official: The Gruffalo’s Child is the first book sold at the BQFP #ADIBF booth! Visit our stand to get YOUR copy.” Note that الغرفولة الصغيرة is the lovely sequel to الغرفول.
Children’s book tweeters to follow at the fair:
- Noura al-Noman, who is attending the writing workshops.
- Kalimat; they’re tweeting photos and updates.
- Bodour, who’s also sharing photos and news.