Ibrahim al-Koni, the highly acclaimed Libyan novelist and finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, was named the Cultural Personality of the Year for the 42nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2023. This acknowledgment emphasizes al-Koni’s exceptional contributions to the world of literature, which have enriched readers’ understanding of culture and heritage. Al-Koni is the author of A Sleepless Eye: Aphorisms from the Sahara.