The winner of the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature will be announced on 11 December in a ceremony at the Oriental Hall at the American University in Cairo's Tahrir campus.
The event coincides with the anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate’s birth in 1911.
Since 1996, the Mahfouz Medal has been awarded every year by a distinguished panel of judges. It consists of a silver medal, a cash prize of $1,000 and an English translation and publication of the winning novel by the AUC Press in Cairo and worldwide.
The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature is sponsored by the AUC Press, which is the publisher of over 50 English-language editions of Naguib Mahfouz's works, and has contracted more than 600 other foreign-language editions in 40 languages.
As the region’s leading English-language publisher, the AUC Press issues up to 50 new books annually and carries around 800 titles in print, including some 200 works of translated Arabic literature.
The panel of judges for this year’s Medal includes Tahiya Abdel-Nasser, assistant professor of English and comparative literature, AUC; Shereen Aboulnaga, professor of English literature, Cairo University; Mona Tolba, associate professor of Arabic literature, Ain Shams University; Humphrey Davies, renowned translator of Arabic fiction, historical and classical texts; and Rasheed El-Enany, emeritus professor of modern Arabic literature, University of Exeter.