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World’s largest translation award goes to Italian institute

 Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, honoured winners of the 41st edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2022) awards during the activities of the book fair organised by the Sharjah Book Authority, as well as winners of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature 14 and Sharjah Translation Award ‘Turjuman’.

 The Istituto Per l’Oriente C.A. Nallino won the AED 1.3 million Sharjah Translation Award ‘Turjuman’ for translating Suleyman Al Boustani’s foreword into Italian. The award was received by Claudio Lo Lacono, Director of the institute.

 A list of the SIBF winners included Dr. Mashael Al Naboodah, winner of the Best Emirati Novel Book award for her novel ‘Jerah Mozmena’; Abdallah Sulaiman Al Mughani, winner of the Best Emirati Academic Book for his book ‘Features of UAE’s History through the Writings of Western Travelers and Politicians’; and author Shaikha Saif Al Nakhi, winner of the Best Emirati Creative Literature Book award.

 Muna Al Shimari, a Kuwaiti author, won the Best Arabic Novel award for her book Khademat Al Maqam; Angelika Dunsmore, Head of Sales at Penguin Group, representing Penguin Random House, the winner of the Best International Fiction Book award for Micro Life: Miracles in the miniature world revealed; and Futhi Nsthinglia, a South African author whose book They Got You Too won the Best International Non-Fiction Book award.

 As for the Sharjah Publisher Recognition Award, Rewayat, an imprint of Kalimat, won the Best Local Publisher award. Arab Diffusion Company from Lebanon won the Best Arab Publisher award, while International Islamic Publishing House won Best International Publisher.

 For the 14th edition of the AED 1.2 million Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, The Early Reader award went to How do You Feel Today? by Massara Touqan, illustrated by Haya Halaw, and published by Kalila Wa Dimna Publishing House, Jordan; The Picture Book award was won by Kingdom of Antiquity by Manar Haza, illustrated by Basema Husam, and published by Alia publishing, Egypt; Whispers of Trees by Fay Mousa, illustrated by Fatima Madi, and published by Dar Asfar Publishing, Saudi Arabia won the Chapter Book award; The Young Adult Books award went to I’ll start now, do you hear me? by Anas Abu Rahma, illustrated by Lubna Taha, and published by Dinosaun Publishing, Palestine; while the Comics category was closed by Jurors for this edition.