Thursday 20 October 2022 – 17:38
Frankfurt, October 20/WAM/ The Sharjah Book Authority discussed the prospects for collaboration and collaborative work with a group of major publishing institutions in Europe and the world, and discussed areas for publishers’ participation and expanding their presence in the upcoming sessions of the Sharjah International Book Fair based on the opportunities and facilities that Sharjah offers to advance the industry.
This happened during a series of meetings held by the authority as part of its participation in the 74th edition of the Frankfurt International Book Fair, to be held from October 19 to 23, with the presence and participation of publishers from 95 countries from the whole world. world.
The Sharjah Pavilion that participated in the exhibition witnessed a large turnout during the first and second days of the exhibition, which saw a strong return to life after overcoming the effects of the Corona crisis. The participating delegation ranged from those interested in participating in the Sharjah International Book Fair and Publishers Conference, and others interested in the services provided by the Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone and the privileges and facilities afforded by these publishing houses and institutions. offers to enable them to reach new markets.
During the participation, the authority revealed that new collaborations will soon be announced with senior employees in the publishing sector worldwide, which will strengthen the position of the Emirate of Sharjah internationally in this sector and the “Sharjah International Book Fair” among the largest exhibitions in the world.
His Excellency Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, and Mansour Al Hassani, Director of the Publishers Services Department, and the delegation attending the Authority’s Pavilion at the fair held two meetings with the Mexico Book Fair and the South Korean Fair to follow up on joint preparations to host the Emirate of Sharjah as the guest of honor at the two fairs.
In separate meetings, the Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority met John Ingram, Chairman of the Ingram Content Group, as well as Marcus Dooley, CEO of Penguin Random House, and Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonner Books in the UK, and discussed with them ways to develop joint business.
His Excellency Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri said: Participation in international exhibitions such as the (Frankfurt International Book Fair) is one of Sharjah’s efforts within its vision to support the publishing industry in the UAE and the region and enhance the Arab presence in global knowledge forums, based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and within the context framing the Emirate’s civilized project based on building man and upgrading the book industry and knowledge in the UAE and the Arab world.
He added that these participations provide a platform for dialogue with the creative industry’s pioneers and are part of a series of meetings related to the preparations for the upcoming sessions of the Sharjah International Book Fair and Publishers Conference, as Sharjah is a has become the world leader in cultural work, and many publishers, writers and creators are looking forward to participating in the agenda, and this is what we saw from the intensity of the visits to the pavilion that Sharjah participates in the exhibition, especially those making their presence in the Asian and African publishing markets.
Mansour Al-Hassani, in turn, spoke about the interest of international publishers in Sharjah’s participation in the exhibition, explaining that the inclusion by the Sharjah International Book Fair of the history of the world’s largest fair in the previous fortieth session emirate in a central global position among publishing industry workers and opened new doors for the Arab publishing industry to interact with its international counterpart, pointing out that publishers, writers, illustrators and translators look forward to the next steps of Sharjah’s efforts, and seek to and beneficiaries thereof.
The delegation of the authority also held many meetings and gatherings in the emirate’s pavilion, the most prominent of which was the meeting with the Union of Booksellers in Europe, in addition to meetings where many publishers participated in the exhibition, such as Simon & Schuster of Canada, Harper Collins’ books for American children’s books, the American Chronicle and Litera Publishing, from Romania and many more.
The Sharjah Book Authority participates in the Frankfurt International Book Fair sessions annually and highlights Sharjah’s publishing and translation efforts, discussing with major publishing institutions and book fair managers the authority’s programs and the opportunities it offers for publishers and those seeking are interested in exchanging the purchase of publishing and translation rights, in particular through the Sharjah International Agency for Literary Rights.
Muhammad Nabil Abu Taha / Batoul Kashwani / Zakaria Mohieldin