As the 2018 Sharjah International Book Fair has its ceremonial opening, the emirate’s royal family reaffirms its commitment to literature and a knowledge economy.
International officials and media gather on World Book Day to open the 18th UNESCO World Book Capital program in Athens, celebrating what Greece’s Prokopis Pavlopoulos calls ‘the powerful potential of books.’
Book fairs can find themselves in the middle of shifting geopolitics. At the just-closed Salon du Livre in Paris, the French president sidestepped a visit to Russia’s Country of Honor stand.
UNESCO’s World Arabic Day focuses on the world’s 5th most-spoken language with a number of high-profile speakers, including the ruler of Sharjah.
As the 11-day Sharjah International Book Fair is formally opened to the public, its chief patron warns of the importance of the ‘light’ of literature.
Together with an invited audience of hundreds of international publishing industry representatives, the emirate’s ruler opens Sharjah Publishing City.
In opening the Sharjah International Book Fair professional program, IPA president Michiel Kolman cites freedom of expression in ‘a world of fake news.’
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.