Sharjah’s global efforts to encourage literary movements and the richness of Emirati and Arab cultures will be under the spotlight at Latin America’s largest book fair next year.
The gesture reflects the Sharjah Ruler’s keenness to promote locally-produced literature within the UAE’s book industry by supporting Emirati writers and intellectuals, and ultimately enhancing their presence in libraries.
After five days of showcasing the Emirati culture to Russians at the 32nd Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF 2019), Sharjah – the World Book Capital 2019 – has wrapped up its ‘Guest City’ participation at the fair, going down the pages of history as the first Arab city to be offered this honour by Russia’s largest book fair.
The Sharjah-based non-profit, Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment, KF, has contributed a diverse collection of Arabic books to the Russian State Children’s Library, to offer children of Arab origin in Russia quality literature in their mother tongue.
Social media outlets were now doubling up as a platform for aspiring writers to present their works and get feedback and interaction from the public, according to Emirati writer Salha Obaid.
The 11th edition of Al Ain Book Fair (AABF), which will take place at Al Ain Convention Centre from Sept.24 to Oct.3, will bring local publishing into the spotlight once again.
Sharjah Ruler also announces a cooperation agreement with UNESCO for the translation of various literary works from Arabic into other languages and vice versa.
Nigerian novelist and poet Lola Shoneyin was at #BookTalks at Al Rawi Café in Sharjah discussing her multiple award-winning debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, which explores the structure and effects of polygamy in Nigeria.
Sharjah takes centre stage at The London Book Fair 2020, from March 10 – 12, at Olympia, with the leading publishing event’s ‘Market Focus’ title, to be held.
Offering more than three million books at heavily discounted prices of 50-80 per cent off recommended retail price, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is free and open to all for 24 hours a day, giving Dubai communities an unparalleled opportunity to engage with booksellers and purchase their favourite books at affordable prices.