Sharjah International Book Fair to Feature 1.5 million Titles and 2,600 Events

Sharjah International Book Fair 2017
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Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will run from November 1-11 at the  Expo Centre, Sharjah

-1.5 million titles on display
-Participation of 1,650 publishing houses from  over 60 countries
-Special pavilion ‘The Future Zone’ by leading companies specialized in digital books

Sharjah International Book Fair 2017

If you are a book lover and hoarder, for you folks, the much awaited time of the year is back, bigger and better. Avid readers and bibliophiles, it is time for the third biggest book fair of the world, the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017.

The 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will see the participation of 1,650 publishing houses from  over 60 countries.The fair attracts new countries every year, with South Korea, Bangladesh and Denmark being the first-time participants this year.

More than 1.5 million titles is said to be on display throughout the 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture. The SIBF will run from November 1-11 at the  Expo Centre, Sharjah.

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Like every year, SIBF has an innovative theme. This year the theme  ‘‘A World inside My Book’ exemplifies the  value of a book as the core source of knowledge that has the power to open windows into new worlds. For SIBF, book is knowledge and knowledge is power.

The details of SIBF 2017 were disclosed during a press conference held on Wednesday at Sharjah Public Library by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), organisers of the annual event.

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Ahmed Al Ameri, the chairman of SBA highlighted that “SIBF has turned into an all-inclusive cultural project, SIBF serves as a beacon of knowledge that brings together publishers, authors, book enthusiasts and internationally-acclaimed guests in a shared passion for literature and culture,” he said.

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Revealing the new initiatives during SIBF this year,  SIBF is said to be allocating a special pavilion titled ‘The Future Zone’ in Hall 1 that will bring together 10 leading companies specialized in digital books to showcase their experiences and latest publications.

The most extensive of the programmes on offer at this year’s edition is the Kids’ Programme, which will see 1,632 activities presented by 44 guests from 20 countries; including UK, Kuwait, Poland, Jordan, Australia, Moldova, Russia, India, Bahrain, Iceland, Mongolia, Syria, Italy and Ukraine.

There will also be an enthusiastic set of prominent Arab literati’s who will be enlightening SIBF 2017 with their input. They include Syrian artist Ghassan Masoud, Algerian novelist Waciny Laredj, Palestinian poet and novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah, Saudi writer Abdo Khal and Jordanian novelist Jamal Naji.

Among the international celebrity attendees include, former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram,; Indian writer Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin, British writer and historian Peter Frankopan, Indian writer Vikas Swarup, Pakistani author and journalist Mohammed Hanif, American scientist and author Lisa Genova and Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison,American writer and novelist Victoria Christopher etc

The UK  is said to be the inaugural Guest of Honour at the Sharjah International Book Fair.The UK Guest of Honour programme epitomizes the UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration – a year-long bilateral celebration of the UK and UAE’s longstanding relationship, contemporary culture and innovation.

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