Video: Sheikh Sultan inaugurates 38th Sharjah International Book Fair

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Sharjah Filed on October 30, 2019 | Last updated on October 30, 2019 at 11.37 am
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SIBF is also going to be home for 173 authors from 68 Arab and foreign countries across the globe.


The fair will showcase 987 activities presenting scientific, knowledge and literary themes.

His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the much-anticipated 38th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) at the Sharjah Expo Centre on Wednesday.

With participation from 2,000 publishers across 81 countries, the SIBF is also going to be home for 173 authors from 68 Arab and foreign countries across the globe.

The fair will showcase 987 activities presenting scientific, knowledge and literary themes.

However, the sale of top-rated books from across titles and interaction with authors are not the only reason SIBF is one of the most sought-after book expos in the world.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, the Sharjah government body that organises the fair every year, this year's book fair will be carrying the theme of the Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC), 'Open Books Open Minds', to promote books and reading across age groups and communities.

Here are the top ten Khaleej Times recommended activities to look out for at SIBF this year:

1-Meet the 2006 Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk

The Turkish author will discuss his novels, his work and his life in Turkey. One of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three languages, making him the country's best-selling writer.

>Location: Ball Room

>Time: 7 pm to 8.30 pm

>Date: October 30

2-The return of poetry

Mutaz Quttainah, Ali AlShaali, and Khaled Al Nasiri discuss the return of poetry to the cultural scene alongside other popular literary genres today. It also looks into the role of specialized publishing houses in supporting and accelerating this return

>Location: Room 1

>Time: 6 pm to 7 pm

>Date: October 30

3-Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature

An open discussion with panel members of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature to highlighting the importance of the award and explore the selection of winners.

>Location: Room 2

>Time: 6 pm to 7 pm

>Date: October 30

4-Meet Jeet Thayil

In-conversation with Indian writer Jeet Thayil, the author of 'Narcopolis'.

>Location: Intellectual Hall

>Time: 9.30 am - 11 am

>Date: October 31

5-Student interaction with Steve Harvey

"You have to jump and take a leap of faith to soar," said Steve Harvey, acclaimed American TV personality. He will share his life experiences with students and will teach them how to achieve success.

>Location: Ball Room

>Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

>Date October 31

6-In- conversation with Kerala's nightingale KS Chithra

An interactive session with playback singer and Carnatic musician KS Chithra.

>Location: Ball Room

>Time: 6 pm to 7 pm

>Date: November 1

7-Student interactive session with Mark Manson

Students meet Mark Manson, the number-one New York Times Bestselling author, a blogger and internet entrepreneur, for an interactive session of Q&A.

>Location: Ball Room

>Time: 9 am to 11 am

>Date: November 2

8-From the bat, to book, to Bollywood

Moderated by Kris Fade, and as part of the #ReadtheMovie campaign, Sharjah World Book Capital is bringing together author of the best-selling book "The Zoya Factor" with a movie star of the same-titled film, Sonam Kapoor, to discuss books, movies and how real-life stories inspire creativity.

Location: Ball Room

Time:2 pm - 4 pm

Date: November 2

9-Design workshop

An interactive workshop will highlight various mechanisms for solving problems and understanding what customers need to achieve maximum success. This workspace will take visitors through a creative journey to come up with innovative solutions.

Guest: Fun Robotics

Location: Discussion Forum 1

Time: 6 pm - 7 pm

Date November 2

10-Meet Tovino Thomas

Meet Tovino Thomas, ranked first in the list of most desirable men published by Kochi Times, Kerala.

Location: Ball Room

Time: 9 pm to 10 pm

Date: November 3


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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