At Sharjah’s Booksellers Conference: The ‘PublisHer Lounge’

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The PublisHer program for women in the book business presents events for women at Sharjah’s upcoming Booksellers Conference.

The PublisHer stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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‘Peer Guidance and Support’
During the upcoming Sharjah Booksellers Conference in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday and Sunday (April 28 and 29), the PublisHer program will introduce a new “PublisHer Lounge” series of events exclusively for women in publishing.

Women who will be at the conference can now learn more about these events at the PublisHer site. Advance registration for the sessions is here.

PublisHer founder  Bodour Al Qasimi, the chair of the Sharjah Book Authority, which is staging the Booksellers Conference’s third year, tells Publishing Perspectives, “PublisHer has always sought to help women pursuing careers in publishing by building our international network and creating access to peer guidance and support.

“We’ve created the first PublisHer Lounge as a space where women can still meet and network, but they also access hands-on advice and assistance, such as professional headshots, tips on building your personal brand, and optimizing your LinkedIn profile. We’re also offering a program of thematic sessions by experienced industry experts, who will impart frontline knowledge that participants can take away and put to use as soon as they’re back at work.

 “The concept of the PublisHer Lounge signals a new approach marked by our intention to bring immediate, practical value to bookwomen, in addition to the overarching network building.”

Sessions in the PublisHer Lounge

April 27 PublisHer Lounge Events

11:30 a.m.: Book signing session with Raja Al Gurg; this PublisHer Lounge session follows the 11 a.m. Main Stage conversation with author Raja Al Gurg, chair and managing director of the Easa Sale Al Gurg Group, with moderator, Iman Ben Cheibah, founder of Sail Publishing

12 p.m.: Career Lab Workshop: How To Take Your LinkedIn Profile to the Next Level with Diala Jarrar, UAE government sector director

1 p.m.: Professional Photo Shoot

1:30 p.m.: What Not To Wear

2 p.m.: Meet a Mentor with:

  • Nadia Wassef, Diwan co-founder
  • Sara Arbuthnot, Supadu chief commercial and operations director
  • Sandra Tamele, Editora Trinta Zero Nove and PublisHer board member

3:30 p.m.: Career Lab Workshop: Build Your Personal Brand and Networking Strategies with Eleni Papailia, Career Design Lab senior manager

April  28 PublisHer Lounge Events

11:30 a.m.: Career Lab Workshop: How To Take Your LinkedIn Profile to the Next Level with Diala Jarrar, UAE government sector director

12:30 p.m.: Professional Photo Shoot

1 p.m.: What Not To Wear

1:45 p.m. on the Main Stage: Breaking Barriers in Publishing with Kritee Sharrma, partnerships manager at the SheTrades Initiative, International Trade Center

2:15 p.m.Meet a Mentor with:

  • Nadia Wassef, Diwan co-founder
  • Sara Arbuthnot, Supadu chief commercial and operations director
  • Sandra Tamele, Editora Trinta Zero Nove and PublisHer board member

3:45 p.m.: Making Your Mark as a Woman in Publishing with Kritee Sharrma, partnerships manager at the SheTrades Initiative, International Trade Center


More from Publishing Perspectives about the Sharjah Booksellers Conference is here, more on PublisHer is here, and more on Sharjah and its market is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.