The Ara program from the Kalimat Foundation in the United Arab Emirates is working to make reading accessible to sight-impaired children in the Gulf region.
Calling for ‘a more open dialogue regionally and internationally,’ Bodour Al Qasimi accepts UNESCO’s designation of Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019.
New recognition for efforts that Sharjah’s royal family and civic leadership have made, Sharjah follows Athens 2018 in the “World Book Capital” designation.
‘To create a reading culture on the way to a knowledge-based economy,’ as Seth Russo puts it, Ahmed Al Ameri’s Sharjah Publishing City will soon be open for business.
In one of her books, Fauzia Minallah says, ‘the sky is filled with so much light that the people are able to see their own mistakes.’
Citing robust international publishing output and efforts to tackle problems, Bloomsbury’s Richard Charkin gives an overview at Abu Dhabi.
From Gulf News: Aimed at cross-promotion of each other’s cultural initiatives, the new Serbia-Sharjah agreement will come into play at book fairs.
From Gulf News: ‘There’s a need to bring children back to books,’ says one author, while another points to publishers’ reticence to promote area folktales.
‘Writing and art are the kind of thing that’s going to bring us together,’ says Mohammed Hasan Alwan, on winning the Arab world’s biggest literary award.
At Tuesday’s ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Hasan Alwan, the Riyadh-born author of five novels, is honored with the Arab world’s top award.