Video: Sheikh Sultan inaugurates 38th Sharjah International Book Fair

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SIBF is also going to be home for 173 authors from 68 Arab and foreign countries across the globe.

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


Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Tue 29 Oct 2019, 4:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 31 Oct 2019, 8:35 AM

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

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