Bodour Al Qasimi met with UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay in Paris to discuss the coming Sharjah’s World Book Capital programming.
Bodour Al Qasimi, the founding president of the Emirates Publishers Association reflects on the last decade of book publishing in the UAE and the Arab world
Working to build a global, supportive community of women in publishing, the first PublisHer’s dinner brought together some 30 women making a difference in the book business.
Those restful beach lean-tos at London Book Fair were reminders that in April, the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah becomes UNESCO’s World Book Capital.
This year’s London Book Fair coincides with the arrival of the International Publishers Association’s new president and vice-president, leading ‘a conversation of public debate’ about publishers’ role amid ‘sensitive socio-cultural issues.’
Assistance on licensing, printing permits, ISBNs for new titles, trade inquiries, and more are available now to publishers in the UAE at a centralized resource hub located at Sharjah Publishing City.
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.
‘It is of vital importance that both industry and governments produce data on publishing,’ IPA’s Michiel Kolman tells Sharjah’s publishing conference.
Sharjah’s work promoting Arab book markets includes its annual rights center at Sharjah International Book Fair, which will host 350 companies this year.
In its general assembly seated at Frankfurt, the 65-nation, 76-organization International Publishers Association has affirmed Mexico’s Hugo Setzer and the UAE’s Bodour Al Qasimi to the new leadership cycle beginning January 1.