11-day Sharjah International Book Fair to open on October 30

11-day, Sharjah International Book Fair, October 30, Steve Harvey; Orhan Pamuk, SIBF, 2019
ENDLESS EDUTAINMENT: This year's SIBF will have over 400 activities dedicated to kids, led by 28 experts from 13 countries.

Sharjah - In celebration of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 title, the book fair has assumed its theme, 'Open Books. Open Minds'.


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Published: Mon 28 Oct 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 29 Oct 2019, 12:39 AM

America's most-loved host, Steve Harvey; Orhan Pamuk the first Turkish novelist to win the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature; and the leadership guru, Robin Sharma, are some of the celebrities on the guest list of the 38th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2019, which will begin tomorrow. Republic of Mexico will be the Guest of Honour for this year's fair.
Bringing together 173 authors from 68 Arab and foreign countries who will lead 987 activities presenting scientific, knowledge and literary themes, the fair will continue until November 9, according to the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).
In celebration of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 title, the book fair has assumed its theme, 'Open Books. Open Minds'.
The international guest list include Elisabetta Dami, a bestselling children's author from Italy; Bernice L. McFadden, the American author of 10 critically acclaimed novels including the award-winning The Book of Harlan. From India, Poet and bestselling author Anita Nair; actor Gulshan Grover, and Jeet Thayil, an award-winning poet, novelist and musician whose first novel Narcopolis was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Arab guest list includes Wasini Al Araj; Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Ahmed Murad; and Omani author Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to win the prestigious Booker International Prize, to name a few.
The 11-day SIBF 2019 cultural programme will feature 987 events ranging from book discussions and signings, theatre, social media events, kids and cookery activities, and more, in addition to plays, magic shows, and comics-based activities.
This year, SIBF broadens its cultural offerings with plays, magic shows, theatre performances, including: Wakanda, a black light theatre spectacle starring Hanadi Al Kandari, Tariq Al Harbi.  In addition to the series of entertaining events, sessions presented for the first time will include 3D printing, Mechatronics Laboratory, and conceptual photography.

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