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This week, at the 2019 Society of Authors’ Awards in London, The Watermelon Boys by Ruqaya Izzidien (Hoopoe, 2018) was one of the six winners of the 2019 Betty Trask Awards, bestowed annually by the prestigious Society of Authors’ Awards …

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In January of this year, when Omani author Jokha Alharthi’s novel Celestial Bodies, translated into English by Marilyn Booth, was longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, the veteran translator told the committee, “I appreciate very much …

The post Translator Marilyn Booth shares 2019 Man Booker Prize with Omani writer Jokha Alharthi appeared first on Hoopoe.

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This month Ruqaya Izzidien’s The Watermelon Boys (Hoopoe, 2018) was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards. When the news reached her, the young Iraqi-Welsh writer tweeted: “Dizzy, tearful, dumbstruck . . . . Such a huge honor and …

The post “I treat my writing time as a job” appeared first on Hoopoe.

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Bothayna Al-Essa is the author of All That I Want To Forget, translated by Michele Henjum (Hoopoe, 2019), described as  “lyrical and poetic” by Arab News in a recent review.  Al-Essa’s novel Aisha Descends to the Underworld was …

The post “I don’t do secrets. I do symbols.” appeared first on Hoopoe.

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Kuwaiti-born Bothayna Al-Essa, author of the forthcoming Hoopoe novel All That I Want To Forget, translated by Michele Henjum, is giving two workshops and participating in two discussions at the upcoming Emirates LitFest, held in Dubai from March …

The post Bothayna Al-Essa’s discussions and workshops at the Emirates LitFest in March appeared first on Hoopoe.

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Veteran translator of Arabic fiction Nancy Roberts shared first prize of the 2018 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding, in the category of translation from Arabic into English, for her renderings of Ibrahim Nasrallah’s Gaza Weddings (Hoopoe, 2017),  …

The post Hoopoe translator Nancy Roberts wins 2018 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation prize appeared first on Hoopoe.

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Seven Hoopoe novels are among the twenty entries competing for this year’s Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize For Arabic Literary Translation.

“We are truly delighted that so many of our titles are among the selection,” said Hoopoe commissioning editor, Nadine …

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Stunning in its simplicity, Cigarette Number Seven is a deeply intimate novel about family and relationship in turbulent times, translated by Nariman Youssef.

Donia Kamal‘s succinct, candid prose draws us into Nadia’s world, her main character: from the private …

The post Donia Kamal reads from her novel appeared first on Hoopoe.

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Earlier this year, ArabLit launched a short-story contest, officially calling it “the arablit story prize.”  Eligible entries are short-stories under 1500 words, translated from Arabic into English. “The 2018 submissions—which were read blind, without knowledge of the identity of either …

The post And the winner of the 2018 ArabLit Story Prize is…. appeared first on Hoopoe.

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Her sixth novel, Of Sea and Sand, is set against the stunning landscapes of Oman, the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, and war-time Baghdad. “It is a story of remorse, exile, love and the unseen,” explains Denyse Woods.

The …

The post “Sometimes I see the end of a story before I can see the beginning.” appeared first on Hoopoe.

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