More than 1.6 million titles, including 80,000 titles, will be exhibited by 1,874 publishing houses from 77 countries at the 37th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), which is scheduled to take place from October 31 to November 10, 2018.
Held under the theme “Tale of Letters”, the 11-day literary extravaganza will see 1,800 cultural, entertainment and artistic events featuring 472 guests from across the world.
Guest of honour at the launch event HE Dr Akima Umezawa, Consul-General of Japan explained his pride to be the guest of Honour at SIBF, which is one of the world’s largest book fairs.
He pointed out that Japan’s pavilion will host an elite group of Japanese novelists and will curate classical music concerts and other traditional music concerts, in addition to the array of Japanese food and traditional garments on display. It was announced 13 Japanese writers and creative artists will be engaging in a variety of events, spanning across classical music concerts, popular music and book signing ceremonies
SIBF’s Cultural Programme will host 154 guests from 25 countries that are taking part in 272 events, while its Children’s Programme will see 950 events featuring 45 guests from 12 countries.
The SIBF 2018 will see a distinguished list of renowned personalities and writers from around the world, including James Montgomery, who specialises in translating Arabic poetry into English; Dr Leonard Mlodinow, an American theoretical physicist, screenwriter and author; Emma Gannon, a Sunday Times Bestselling business author, podcaster and broadcaster from the UK; James Parkinson, American writer; Lebanese -Canadian Najwa Zeiban; Egyptian-British Hannah Fielding; Indonesian author, poet, and architect Avianti Armand, among others.
The 8th edition of the SIBF Publishers Conference will be held for three days, from 28-30 October, with the participation of 460 international publishing rights professionals who have a catalogue of translation rights to buy or sell, with an interest in doing business and striking rights deals in the Arab market.