FRANKFURT: Four Malaysian books made it to the final list for the Beauty and the Book Award 2017 at the ongoing Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) 2017.
Malaysian delegation to FBF 2017 head Abdul Wahab Ibrahim said that despite failing to emerge as winners, the four Malaysian book covers were listed among the 10 best designs.
He said this year’s success would serve as a platform for Malaysian book industry players in the future.
“Perhaps next year, we will organise a selection process at the national level and we will nominate one or two books that have the potential to win,” he said when met after the plaque presentation to the winners’ ceremony on Sunday.
The four Malaysian books which made it to the final list were Modern Mosques in Malaysia Between Regionalism and Eclectism by Wael A Yousef Mousa published by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM); Alegori Rumah Api by Mat Luthfi (PTS); Kias Tersirat: Perantauan Bertemu Melayu dan Islam di Dunia Melayu Benua, penned by Herman Abdullah (Institute of Translation and Books Malaysia) as well as Tulis! Jangan Takut-takut by Zamri Mohamad (Legacy Publishing).
Meanwhile, Edition Monhardt representative Stefan Monhardt thanked the audience for giving him an opportunity to win the competition in conjunction with FBF 2017.
“The idea is very interesting, as we received votes from the audience and not from the agencies. Hence, they give an authentic opinion, which I think is a great idea,” he said.
The FBF 2017 was jointly officiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron with France as the FBF guest country for this year’s edition.
The five-day book fair, that ends on Monday (Oct 16), provides a platform for the sale of literature copyrights for approximately 300,000 book publishers from around the world. – Bernama