Congratulations to Etisalat Prize-shortlisted Authors, Illustrators, and Publishers!

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:

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5 Responses to Congratulations to Etisalat Prize-shortlisted Authors, Illustrators, and Publishers!

  1. Sophie says:

    Glad you’re back, dear Marcia!! We’re now waiting for the winner…when will he be announced?

  2. Elisabet Risberg says:

    I’m so pleased and proud that two of the authors (Fatima Sharafeddine and Taghreed Najjar) have both visited Sweden during The International Library’s Children’s Books Week. Hundreds of arabic speaking children in Sweden have met them during “book-talks” in different libraries and schools. Also, both of them have written books that are in the process of beeing translated into Swedish. To see their names on Etisalat short list makes really happy! /Elisabet

  3. Thank you Elisabet and Marcia. I have great memories of my visit to Sweden and am looking forward to see my book in Swedish.
    It is great to have Marcia back on her blog. Please Marcia keep this blog going. It is like a breath of fresh air 🙂 You are sorely missed .

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