And the winners of Sharjah book fair awards are ...
Sewa conducted inspections in various areas of the - Sharjah International Book Fair 2015 will take place from November 4 to 14 at the Expo Centre, Sharjah
Palestine-based Dar Al Jundi has bagged the Best Arab Publisher Award at the 34th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The Best International Publisher Award went to India's National Book Trust.
Emirati writer Hareb Al Dhaheri won the Best Emirati Book by an Emirati Creative Writer award for his novel "Ascension to Heaven" released by the Emirati Writers Union. Dr Ibrahim Abdullah Ghuloom won the Best Emirati Academic Book Award for his book "The Theatre of the Original Issue: Intellectual Structure in the Theatre of Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi", released by Lebanon-based Al Intishar Al Arabi Foundation.
"Art in the UAE", prepared and written by the Abu Dhabi Culture and Art Group, and released by Motivate Publishing in Dubai, won the Best Emirati Translated Book Award. Author Ali Abu Al Rish won the Best Emirati Printed Book about the UAE Award for his book "Western Bird with Eight Wings", released by Hamalil Publishing House in Abu Dhabi.
The Sharjah Award for the Best Arabic Novel went to Zeyad Ahmed Mahafza for his novel "Prisoners of Darkness", published by Dar Fadaat Publishing House in Jordan. Writer Soraya Khan won the Best international Fiction Book Award for her novel "City of Spies", published by Aleph Book Publishing.
Author Glenn Greenwald won the Best International Non-Fiction Book Award for his book "No Place To Hide", published by Macmillan Publishers.
The annual prestigious awards are bestowed by the SIBF in recognition of creative individuals and groups who enriched culture and the book industry with their outstanding work and provided book lovers with literary works that help expand their knowledge and strengthen their intellect.
Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), and Director of SIBF, said, "The SBA has always been eager to honour creative writers and outstanding publishing houses that enrich libraries with best titles in the UAE and beyond. This annual tradition is in line with the vision of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who inspires all creative individuals to give more and help make a positive impact on their society."
Al Ameri said the SIBF awards are an acknowledgement of individual talent and an appreciation of sincere efforts made by those who work with dedication to make books a prominent feature in people's lives. Communities that are well read "evolve faster and better than those who are deprived of reading and have no access to books and sources of knowledge", he said.
The winners of the SIBF 2015 awards will be honoured during the opening ceremony of the SIBF on November 4.