Taleb Alrefai is a novelist and short story writer. He is the author of a number of works, including The Shade of the Sun, Petty Thefts and The Dress. In 2002, he won the Kuwaiti State Prize for Literature for his novel Scent of the Sea. He has worked for the Kuwaiti National Council of Culture, Arts and Literature and edited the monthly arts review, Jaridat Al Fonoon, between 2003 and 2008. In addition to writing fiction, he has published several literary and historical studies.