Awards: Polari First Book Winner

Saleem Haddad has won the Polari First Book Prize for his novel, Guapa (Europa Editions), the Bookseller reported. The prize is awarded to "a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or nonfiction."

Chair of judges Paul Burston said: "Guapa offers an intimate, complex portrait of gay life in the Arab world--a subject rarely explored in fiction. It's poetic, politically daring, beautifully written and marks the arrival of an exciting new voice."

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