SHARJAH (Staff Report) -It is a record breaking year for the 34th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) with 1.5 million on display and 1,502 publishing houses from 64 countries. Taking part for the first time Poland, Peru and Ghana, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Magnolia, and Serbia.
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The internationally renowned book fair, taking place between the 4-14 November at Sharjah Expo Centre, is breaking the record for the number of books displayed with 1.5 million titles. The books are available in 210 languages.
The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) Chairman, and Director of the Sharjah International book fair, HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, said, “The Sharjah International Book Fair continues to gain in popularity and play a role in enriching cultural communication, inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
This year the 2015 SIBF will include 890 local and Arab publishing houses, and see the participation of 433 by foreign publishing houses. The fair will also see the participation of 13 exhibitors in the joint conference with the American Library Association (ALA).”
Speaking about SIBF’s parallel events, Al Ameri said that the 2015 SIBF will see more than 900 events, including an Intellectual Programme featuring a poetry evening by five internationally acclaimed poets and a seminar called “Voice from Around the World” in which four Arab and foreign novelists will discuss the importance of place and culture in their novels.