Zayed Book Award shortlist announced

The books shortlisted for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award have been revealed. Following a series of meetings by the Scientific Committee, three titles have been shortlisted in each of the Literature and Children's Literature categories. The Literature shortlist includes works from Yemen, Iraq and Egypt. They are: Bakhur 'Adani (Incense from Aden) by Yemeni novelist Ali Al Muqri; Thi'bat al hob wal kutub (The She-wolf of Love and Books) by Muhsin Al Ramli from Iraq; and Ma Wara'a al Kitaba (Beyond Writing) by Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdelmeguid. In the Children's Literature category, the competing titles are: Ta'er al warwar (The Bee-eater) by Lebanese author Hassan Abdallah; Al Bahth 'An al Saqr Ghannam (Looking for Ghannam, the Falcon) by Lina Al Hassan Hawyan from Syria; and Eed fi Ibreeq (Feast in a Jug) by Saudi writer Nouf Alosaim. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award will announce the shortlists in the coming days. The awards ceremony will be held during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which runs from April 27 to May 3. – The National staff

Boney M to play at Taste of Dubai

Veteran Eurodisco act Boney M will perform at Taste of Dubai next week. The current incarnation of the German group, led by founding member Liz Mitchell, will perform on the opening night on March 10. The three-day culinary celebration at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre features pop-up outlets from 19 fine-dining restaurants, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, market stalls and more. Boney M formed in 1976 and found global chart success with smash hits including Daddy Cool, Ma Baker and Rivers of Babylon. Visit tasteofdubaifestival.com for timings and tickets. – The National staff

SRK mourns death of his father-in-law

Shah Rukh Khan's father-in-law, Colonel Ramesh Chandra Chibber, died at Escorts hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately revealed. Khan and his wife, Gauri, left for Delhi immediately. The funeral took place at 10am yesterday at Lodhi Crematorium. Colonel Chibber, a retired army officer, moved to Delhi in 1970. He is survived by his wife, Savita Chibber, and two children, Gauri Khan and Vikrant Chibber. – Sonali Kokra

Oscar-winning documentary Amy ‘misleading’, says singer’s dad

A documentary about singer Amy Winehouse won an Academy Award on Sunday but her father isn't celebrating. Mitch Winehouse said it is "fantastic" that people still love his daughter, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27. But he says Asif Kapadia's film Amy, which won Best Documentary Feature Oscar, "has no bearing on her life, apart from the fact she was born and unfortunately she passed away – everything in between is basically fabricated". Mitch Winehouse has been a vocal critic of the film since its debut at Cannes in May. He said he "went mad – I was throwing things at the screen" when he saw the documentary, which includes interviews with friends, family members and musicians. – AP

Nervous Adele kicks off world tour

Adele kicked off her first world tour in four years with a concert in Belfast that received overwhelmingly positive reviews, despite the best-selling singer admitting to a bout of pre-gig nerves. The show in Northern Ireland on Monday sold out months in advance and fans came from as far as Japan and South Africa to catch a first glimpse of the British singer. The 100-stop tour includes dates in London in March, Paris in June, as well as New York's Madison Square Garden and the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, culminating with two dates in Mexico City in November. "I know some of you have been dragged along but I'm going to win you over," Adele joked with the 11,000 fans gathered in Belfast. The 27-year-old singer, who has been frank about her stage fright, also informed fans that she had been suffering "bowel movements" because of nerves. Dressed in a long black dress with golden threads, she performed 18 hits, including Hello, Rolling in The Deep and Skyfall, the theme song to the James Bond film of the same name. – AFP

$25,000 award for author Toni Morrison

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has received an honorary prize named for another Nobel winner, the late Saul Bellow. Morrison has been given the $25,000 (Dh92,000) Pen / Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American fiction. Morrison, 85, is known for such novels as Beloved, Song of Solomon and Jazz. "Revelatory, intelligent, bold, her fiction is invested in the black experience, in black lives and in black consciousness, material from which she has forged a singular American aesthetic," said awards judge Louise Erdrich, herself a prize-winning novelist. "Toni Morrison not only opened doors to others when she began to publish, she has also stayed grounded in the issues of her time." - AP

Jay-Z’s Tidal sued for US$5million

Rapper Jay-Z’s subscription-based music streaming service Tidal is being sued for $5 million (Dh18m) for reportedly not paying independent artistes the correct royalties and for violating copyright. John Emanuele, from the music group American Dollar and its indie label Yesh Music Publishing, filed the lawsuit against Tidal and Hov’s Shawn Carter Enterprises over the weekend, according to aceshowbiz.com. They said that the streaming service had licensed at least 118 of American Dollar’s songs without permission and had not paid the group any royalties for streaming them. “Different owner, same game,” read the lawsuit filed in New York federal court. Tidal has responded to the claims by Emanuele and Yesh Music Publishing. On Monday, it said it was “up to date on all royalties” owed to Yesh Music. – AFP

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