All roads lead to Shar­jah Book Fair

80,000 NEW TI­TLES IN A TO­TAL OF 1.6M ON OF­FER FOR VISI­TORS AT 11-DAY FAIR AT EXPO CEN­TRE

Gulf News - - Front Page - Staff Re­port

The big­gest edi­tion of the Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair (SIBF) is open­ing to­day with 1.6 mil­lion ti­tles — 80,000 of them new — on of­fer for visi­tors.

The 37th edi­tion of SIBF will be inau­gu­rated by His High­ness Dr Shaikh Sul­tan Bin Mo­ham­mad Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil and Ruler of Shar­jah, at the Expo Cen­tre Shar­jah.

SIBF 2018, held un­der the theme ‘Tale of Let­ters’, is the big­gest edi­tion so far in terms of the num­ber of pub­lish­ers (1,874) and the vol­ume of books (20 mil­lion) this year.

The 11-day SIBF, or­gan­ised by Shar­jah Book Au­thor­ity (SBA), is run­ning from Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 10.

The open­ing cer­e­mony will see the hon­our­ing of Azzel­dine Mi­houbi, Al­ge­ria’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, who was se­lected as the Cul­tural Per­son­al­ity of the Year. Win­ners of the SIBF Awards, Tur­ju­man (Trans­la­tion) Award, and Eti­salat Award for Ara­bic Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture will also be hon­oured at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Ja­pan is the Guest of Hon­our at this SIBF in cel­e­bra­tion of its cul­tural and cre­ative achieve­ments. SIBF will be or­gan­is­ing more than 100 ac­tiv­i­ties com­pris­ing 13 Ja­panese authors and cre­ative artists at the spe­cial­ly­de­signed Ja­panese pavil­ion.

SBA has al­ways said SIBF is not just a book fair, but a cul­tural event as well, filled with free-to-at­tend lec­tures, ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily.

Ah­mad Al Amiri, chair­man of SBA, said: “Back in 1982, the first edi­tion of SIBF started with six pub­lish­ers. Thanks to the vi­sion of [Dr Shaikh Sul­tan] whose fo­cus on the cul­tural fu­ture of the emi­rate has led Shar­jah to its sev­eral ac­com­plish­ments and col­lab­o­ra­tions with other en­ti­ties. SIBF is a re­flec­tion of our suc­ceed­ing ef­forts, which stands to­day as the re­gion’s largest and the world’s third largest book fair.”

Through­out its run, SIBG will be cu­rat­ing 1,800 events and fea­tur­ing 472 guests from around the world, with 200 book-sign­ing cer­e­monies for authors from 19 coun­tries.

Se­lec­tion of authors

A wide-ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional authors, in­tel­lec­tu­als, bloggers, and YouTu­bers will also be at­tend­ing the event, in­clud­ing award-win­ning Bri­tish author Emma Gan­non and physi­cist Dr Leonard Mlodi­now from the US.

The So­cial Me­dia Sta­tion at SIBF has cu­rated many ac­tiv­i­ties, start­ing with an­i­mated pho­tos, to me­dia cam­paigns, and end­ing with the method­ol­ogy of con­tent cre­ation at so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

The Chil­dren’s Pro­gramme of­fers young visi­tors sev­eral en­gag­ing events, the­atri­cal per­for­mances, shows and work­shops, such as Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, the King of Lions which is in­spired by Dis­ney’s The Lion King.

The Cook­ery Cor­ner Pro­gramme has cu­rated 60 events with 16 guests from 11 coun­tries such as France, In­dia, Aus­tralia, Ire­land and Morocco.

Atiq Ur Rehman/Gulf News

■ Prepa­ra­tions un­der way for the open­ing of the Shar­jah Book fair at Expo Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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