x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Sharjah seeks closer ties with international publishers

Representatives from the Sharjah International Book Fair attend the three-day BookExpo America.

Representatives from the Sharjah International Book Fair are taking part in a global literary event in New York.

Delegations from 80 countries and 939 publishing houses are attending the three-day BookExpo America, which began yesterday.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, the director of the Sharjah fair, is leading the UAE delegation.

He said his team would be using the New York event, now in its sixth year, to forge closer ties with the international community.

The delegation would invite publishers, authors and other book industry workers to attend the Sharjah International Book Fair's professional programme, which aims to bring literary figures from around the world together to exchange ideas through workshops, symposiums, lectures and discussions.

Mr Al Ameri said his delegation would outline the programme to interested publishers and that he expected it to be a "highly successful event".

He said there would be a programme of events for Arab publishers to discuss the translation-rights industry and how locally written books could be taken to a multinational audience.

The 32nd Sharjah International Book Fair will run from November 6 to 16 at the Expo Centre Sharjah.