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Beirut is the 2009 global publication Capital, as distinct via UNESCO, and on the middle of the festivities, in collaboration with the world-renowned Hay pageant, is a contest to spot the thirty-nine so much promising younger skills in Arab literature. the choice of the "Beirut 39" follows the luck of the same pageant within the 2007 global publication Capital, Bogotá, celebrating achievements in Latin American literature.

This 12 months, for the 1st time, the winners―nominated via publishers, literary critics, and readers around the Arab global and across the world, and chosen through a panel of eminent Arab writers, lecturers, and journalists―will be released jointly in a different anthology. Edited by way of Samuel Shimon of Banipal magazine, the gathering might be released at the same time in Arabic and English in the course of the international through Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Qatar starting place Publishing.

Beirut 39 provides a big examine the Arab-speaking global this day, in the course of the eyes of thirty-nine of its brightest younger literary stars.

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