The meeting of these 39 authors is the result of a widespread call to readers, publishers, literary agents and authors all over the Arab speaking world to put forward their own candidates. The event is also a perfect occasion to read and debate over contemporary narrative in the Arab world.
The ‘39 authors under 39’ were chosen by a jury of four well-known and respected Arab writers, academics and journalists: Abdo Wazen, Saif al-Rahbi, Alawiya Sobh and Dr Gaber Asfour.
The 39 writers selected to participate in Beirut39 are invited to Beirut for four days, and around 50 events are organized all over the city, in libraries, bookshops, cafés, universities and schools etc. The events are structured around literary topics and take the form of panel debates between three and five writers with a chairperson. All events are followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The events are free and entry is open to the general public; the Festival hopes to attract a diverse audience, reflecting the power of writing to stimulate social cohesion and cultural understanding.
The 39 writers are: Abdullah Thabit, Abdelaziz Errachidi, Abdelkader Benali, Abdellah Taia, Abderrahim Elkhassar, Abderrazak Boukebba, Adania Shibli, Ahmad Saadawi, Ahmad Yamani, Ala Hlehel, Bassim al Ansar, Dima Wannous, Faiza Guene, Hala Kawtharani, Hamdy el Gazzar, Hussein al Abri, Hussein Jelaad, Hyam Yared, Islam Samhan, Joumana Haddad, Kamel Riahi, Mansour El Souwaim, Mansoura Ez Eldin, Mohammad Hassan Alwan, Mohammad Salah al Azab, Nagat Ali, Najwa Binshatwan, Najwan Darwish, Nazem El Sayed, Rabee Jaber, Randa Jarrar, Rosa Yassin Hassan, Samar Yezbek, Samer Abou Hawwash, Wajdi al Ahdal, Yahya Amqassim, Yassin Adnan, Youssef Rakha, and Zaki Baydoun.
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