At a time when literary fiction has a chance to illuminate the struggles and needs of many, the leading Arabic fiction prize’s shortlist makes the point.
At the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, world-renowned novelist Amin Maalouf was awarded as Cultural Personality of the Year by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
‘With piracy, we cannot pay for either rights or good translations,’ says publisher Hassan Yaghi. His Dar al-Tanweer has offices in three nations and sees the Arabic publishing world’s challenges well.
‘The increasing globalization of information has made people aware that they have their own indigenous culture and literature,’ says Mark Camilleri of Malta’s National Book Council.
At the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Nigeria’s Richard Ali talks about the multilingual hurdles faced by those working in publishing in Africa.
Estimated at a value of €250 million, the UAE’s book industry is among the world’s most intriguing emerging stories, a fast-gainer in the lineup of The Markets: Global Publishing Summit in October at Frankfurt.
Publishing is returning to its pre-industrial models when everyone was a creator, transforming into a network where emotions matter most, says Richard Nash.
The UK PA is ‘not taking lessons from any freedom foundation people who say publishers are locking stuff up in this digital age,’ says CEO Richard Mollet.
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
Sheikha Bodour, founder of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), discusses initiatives aimed at professionalizing publishing in the Arab world.