Authors shine at Sharjah International Book Fair

International authors shine at Sharjah International Book Fair 

SIBF, which finished on Saturday 10 November, has had a very successful fair welcoming international authors from across the world.

International authors attending this year included Dr Leonard Mlodinow, an American theoretical physicist, screenwriter and author; Emma Gannon, a Sunday Times Bestselling business author, podcaster and broadcaster from the UK; Lebanese -Canadian Najwa Zeiban; Egyptian-British Hannah Fielding; US-Sudanese poet Emi Mahmoud; Indonesian author, poet, and architect Avianti Armand; US thriller writer KJ Howe among others.

Held under the theme “Tale of Letters”, the 11-day literary extravaganza has seen 1,800 cultural, entertainment and artistic events featuring 472 guests from across the world.

More than 1.6 million titles, including 80,000 titles, have been exhibited by 1,874 publishing houses from 77 countries at the 37th edition of SIBF.

SIBF 2018 Opening ceremony short clip

HE Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said at the opening: “The 37th edition of SIBF underscores the centricity of the Emirate of Sharjah and its inclusive cultural project on the map of global cultural events. This year’s edition is seeing a remarkable increase in numbers of publishing houses as well as many countries that are participating in the event for the first time. There is exceptional diversity in terms of the activities and titles on display. This underlines the pillars upon which the fair is based, under the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Since its inception, the fair represented a cultural platform, where civilizations and cultures can meet, knowledge is shared via humane dialogue, and cross-cultural communication is enhanced through books.”

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