Mahmoud Shukair is a Palestinian writer, born in Jabal al-Mukabbar, Jerusalem, in 1941. He writes short stories and novels for adults and teenagers. He is the author of fifty-four books, six television series, and four plays. His stories have been translated into several languages, including English, Italian, Romanian, French, German, Chinese, Mongolian and Czech. He has occupied leadership positions within the Jordanian Writers' Union and the Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists. In 2011, he was awarded the Mahmoud Darwish Prize for Freedom of Expression and he also won the 2015 Jerusalem Prize for Culture and Creativity. His novel Praise for the Women of the Family reached the shortlist of the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. He has spent his life between Beirut, Amman and Prague and now lives in Jerusalem.