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The Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize 2010 goes to Lebanese poet


WAM Montreal, 17th Feb. 2010 (WAM) - Blue Metropolis Foundation will be awarding the 2010 Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize to Lebanese poet Joumana Haddad.

The prize, which was established in 2007, is designed to honour a leading Arab writer working in Arabic or another language. Joumana Haddad will accept the Prize during the 12th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, which will take place at the Delta Hotel Centre-Ville, in downtown Montreal, April 21st to 25th 2010. The prize has a value of $5,000.

Joumana Haddad's recent books include Invitation to a Secret Feast published in Arabic in 1998 and in English in YEAR (Tupelo Press) and The Return of Lilith published in Arabic in 2004 and in French in 2007 (L'Inventaire). She is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Born in 1970 in Beirut, Joumana Haddad is a poet, literary translator, magazine publisher and journalist who speaks seven languages. She is working on a Ph.D. on poetic translation. She was awarded the North-South International Prize for her poetry by the Italian Pescarabruzz Foundation in November 1999. She has also been chosen to participate in the Beirut 39 Festival in March 2010; this is a project conceived as part of Beirut UNESCO World Book Capital in 2009 to celebrate thirty nine Arabic authors under the age of 39. The famous French-Moroccan writer Taher Ben Jalloun describes her as "a unique voice in the Arabic literary world." WAM/ES/TF