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Beirut is the 2009 international booklet Capital, as specific by means of UNESCO, and on the middle of the festivities, in collaboration with the world-renowned Hay pageant, is a contest to spot the thirty-nine such a lot promising younger abilities in Arab literature. the choice of the "Beirut 39" follows the luck of an identical festival within the 2007 global booklet Capital, Bogotá, celebrating achievements in Latin American literature.

This yr, for the 1st time, the winners―nominated via publishers, literary critics, and readers around the Arab international and the world over, and chosen by means of a panel of eminent Arab writers, teachers, and journalists―will be released jointly in a different anthology. Edited by means of Samuel Shimon of Banipal magazine, the gathering can be released concurrently in Arabic and English through the international by means of Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Qatar origin Publishing.

Beirut 39 provides a major examine the Arab-speaking international this day, during the eyes of thirty-nine of its brightest younger literary stars.

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