French Institute in Lebanon offering new literary prize
Publish Date : Sunday 12 August 2012 - 16:52
The new literary prize of Institut de France in Lebanon will award its winners in the coming October and November in line with a French book exhibition there.
According to L'Orient Le Jour, the present year's French book exhibition (18ème Salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth) is going to be held for ten days from October 26 to November 4, 2012 in Lebanon. Eminent members of Goncourt Literary Academy will also attend the exhibition as special guests.
In the meantime the French Institute in Lebanon will also award the winners of its new literary prize 'Goncourt: Orient Selection' on October 31 in cooperation with a regional academic French agency.
The jury of this prize is composed of Lebanese students who are to choose the finalist out of eight shortlisted nominees of Goncourt Prize for Novel (whose names will be announced on October 3rd). Finally the best work will be translated to Arabic.
The main goal of this prize, according to the French Institute, is emphasis on varsity cooperation and promotion of a reading network in the Middle East, especially in the field of French Literature via establishment of a literary prize.
The jury is headed by Lebanese writer Hyam Yared assisted by Eskander Habash, poet translator and reporter of a newspaper in Beirut.