Can Book Fairs and Cultural Institutions Change International Perceptions?

In Discussion by Olivia Snaije

The UAE is spending billions on culture, book fairs and building museums, including a new Louvre. French architecture expert Philip Jodidio talks about why. By Olivia Snaije and Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at four book festivals that have sprung up in cities that are more closely associated with business than culture. Among them is Abu Dhabi. What’s interesting …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …

Is the Gulf Becoming Too Westernized?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Ali Alsaloom The United Arab Emirates has moved from the camel to the Cadillac in a very short amount of time. Where our Bedouin forefathers once lived just to survive another day in the punishing desert climes, we drive air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned malls. So it might seem strange to suggest a return to the camel, yet that is …

Austin and Abu Dhabi Face Down Digitization, Scantily Clad Women

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka SXSW: As I wrote last month, the book conferences are coming fast and furious. Though I’m still suffering from jet lag from my recent trip to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), I’m already at another conference, SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. What’s noticeably different this year at SXSW are the number of panels –- …

Abu Dhabi Launches Pan-Arab Book Distribution Company

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka ABU DHABI: On the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), the organization responsible for the event, has launched Abu Dhabi Distribution (ADD), a new private company to facilitate book distribution to the GCC countries, the Maghreb and the Levant, as well as servicing Arab communities …

Strengthening Copyright Protections in the Middle East

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka ABU DHABI: “Copyright is the legal principle that expresses society’s respect for authors and publishers, and protects the commercial interest in their creation,” said, Herman P. Spruijt, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), at the IPA Copyright Symposium which took place this past Sunday and Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. “It is at the …

So Many Book Conferences, So Little Time

In Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This week, while my colleagues were at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York, I was doing something more prosaic: serving jury duty in Houston. As it turns out, you’re not allowed to drive a drag racer on US federal highways. Who knew? The one thing about jury duty is that even though you …

Going to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Over the past four years the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has become the premier publishing trade show in the Middle East and a place to meet-and-greet movers and shakers in publishing in the region.  As discussed in our lead article, this year’s fair appears to be the best yet, and includes for the first time the …

Krauss Leads Abu Dhabi Book Fair into a New Era

In Europe by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti In 2009, when Monika Krauss took the position of General Manager of KITAB, the organization that manages the annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), she was coming full circle. Although born in Iraq to a German father and an Iraqi mother, Monika Krauss had spent most of her life somewhere else, having been raised in Nigeria …