IPAF Shortlisted authors Lined Up For Series of Abu Dhabi Appearances Ahead of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Next Week
The six shortlisted International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) authors will soon arrive in Abu Dhabi to take part in a number of events prior to the announcement of the winner on May 6th; the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair which will open its doors to the public from 7-13 May.
Atef Abu Saif, Ahmed Madeeni, Jana Elhassan, Lina Hawyan Elhassan, Shurki Mabkhout and Hammour Ziada will take part in a panel discussion entitled: Arabic Fiction Now: A Conversation with the IPAF 2015 Shortlisted Authors at 6:30 pm on May 4th at New York University Abu Dhabi. The authors will discuss the status of the novel in the Arab World, as well as the relationship between fiction and politics. They will examine the question of fiction as an alternate window into the state of society in this dynamic, restless region. The panel discussion will be moderated by Marilyn Booth, Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary World, University of Oxford.
Emirates Writers Union Event:
On May 5th at 8 pm, the authors will take part in an open seminar organized by the Emirates Writers Union at the National Theatre. During the session, the authors will discuss their shortlisted novels as well as Arabic literature in general.
Eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2015:
The six authors, as well as the 2014 judges, trustees and guests of the Prize, will attend the winner announcement ceremony on May 6, the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.