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*+-Roger Tagholm shares a few of the faces and places he experienced during a visit to the Riyadh International Book Fair (RIBF).
*+-The discussion of the murders in Paris includes those who disagree with Charlie Hebdo’s agenda even as they respect the cartoonists right to expression.
*+-A vigorous program is in place to enhance the literary life of Qatar, including strong investment in the National Library and support for publishers.
*+-Though the Doha International Book Fair opened under the cloud of the killings in France, it proved interest in reading is growing in the oil rich country.
*+-The Sharjah International Book Fair is focused on forging cultural connections and fighting Muslim extremism through books.
*+-Dan Brown’s talk at the Sharjah Book Fair, his first fair appearance outside the US, will be televised throughout the Arab world.
*+-In 2015 the Cairo International Book Fair will launch its first-ever professional program, which will run from January 29 through 31.
*+-In a region that is not lacking in dark humor, the first Palestine Comics festival kicks off today in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank.
*+-Salman Rushdie and Lebanon’s Joumana Haddad are two of the provocative authors featured at this year’s Hay Festival in the Mexican city of Xalapa.