It’s been embarrassingly long since I’ve updated this blog — and the longer one goes without updating a blog the harder it gets to come back to it — but I couldn’t stay silent today.
I am first tremendously proud of the authors on the 2012 shortlist for the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature. There is not nearly the fanfare for this award that there is, for instance, for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, although of course award-winning children’s book authors are (at least) as deserving of applause.
I am second so happy that this award is doing itself justice by celebrating excellent authors and strong books. Congratulations to everyone, and thank you for carrying the torch for good children’s literature.
The shortlist was announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair: