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Winners of Golden Pen Awards announced
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Author Mohammad-Kazem Mazinani leaves the stage after receiving a Golden Pen for his political novel “The Ah with a Sheen” in the fiction category during the Golden Pen Awards ceremony in Tehran on July 5, 2014. (Mehr/Saeid Faramarzi)
Author Mohammad-Kazem Mazinani leaves the stage after receiving a Golden Pen for his political novel “The Ah with a Sheen” in the fiction category during the Golden Pen Awards ceremony in Tehran on July 5, 2014. (Mehr/Saeid Faramarzi)
TEHRAN – Winners of the 12th edition of the Golden Pen Awards organized by Iran’s Pen Association were announced Saturday during a ceremony held at the Art Bureau.
 
Author Mohammad-Kazem Mazinani received the award in the fiction category for his book “The Ah with a Sheen”, a second part of a trilogy about the political life of Iran’s last monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Persian media reported on Sunday.
 
“The Shah without a Sheen”, the first part of the trilogy, is based on the life story of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
 
The title of “The Shah without a Sheen” is a play on words. Sheen is a letter of the Persian alphabet that represents the sound of “sh” in English. Only “ah” remains if the “sh” is dropped from the word “shah”. “Ah” means sorrow in Persian. “Ah” with a “sheen” makes the Persian word “shah”. 
 
The award of the poetry category went to Fazel Nazari for his collection of poetry named “Against”.
 
Several other writers and poets were also honored at the ceremony.
 
Iran’s Deputy Culture Minister for Cultural Affairs Seyyed Abbas Salehi and Academy of Persian Language and Literature Director Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel made short speeches at the award-giving ceremony.
 
“Today, information and knowledge are transferred easily due to recent developments in technology, giving the authors an opportunity for increased collaboration,” Salehi said at the ceremony.
 
Writers and publishers have more opportunities to easily interact, he said, adding “Today we can easily find out what the readers want, and there is a good chance to be in closer contact with the readers.”
 
Haddad-Adel also emphasized that the more the writers are respected, the more art and culture are reinforced.
 
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