Sharjah Sheikh’s Lavish London Bloomsbury Bio Launch

In Arabic Publishing by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that the ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, is fond of saying that the book is the symbol of his emirate, it was only appropriate that Bloomsbury UK chose to launch his memoirs My Early Life, with a lavish dinner at London’s very own temple of the book, the British Library …

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: …

Publishers Training Abu Dhabi, Day 4: Quality Control, Enhanced E-books

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Salwa Shakhshir, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, attended the second annual Publishers Training program organized by KITAB and The Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Abu Dhabi. She’s documented her experiences for Publishing Perspectives. Read coverage of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. By Salwa Shakhshir Our final day of training focused …

Publishers Training Abu Dhabi, Day 3: All About Digital

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Salwa Shakhshir SalwaShakhshir, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, is attending the second annual Publishers Training program organized by KITAB and The Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Abu Dhabi. She’s documenting her experiences for Publishing Perspectives. Read coverage of Day 1 and Day 2. Day 3, Publishers Training, Abu …

Publishers Training Abu Dhabi: Lessons from Ian Ballantine

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

This week Salwa Shakhshir, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, is attending the second annual Publishers Training program organized by KITAB in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (You can read our coverage of last year’s program here.) It is the first year the program is being run in partnership with the Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional …

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 …

Sharjah’s Int’l Book Fair Makes a Big Push for UK and US Publishers

In Digital by Roger Tagholm

• Sharjah’s International Book Fair, October 26 to November 6, emphasizes collaboration with western publishers. • Several new awards were bestowed at this year’s Fair to highlight excellence in English-language publishing. By Roger Tagholm SHARJAH, UAE: It was a good day for Chicago at the Sharjah International Book Fair’s inaugural international awards, presented by His Highness Sheik Dr. Sultan bin …

Do Cash Awards Promote Publishing in Growth Markets?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story covers the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair. This year, the Fair introduced three new book awards for English language works (discussed in the piece). In addition, the Egypt-based Dar El Shorouk won the second edition of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature with the book, Al Noqta Al Sawda (The Black Dot), written …