The 42nd Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) is set to commence on November 1st, continuing until November 12th, with the theme ‘We Speak Books.’ This literary exhibition will be hosted at the Expo Center Sharjah, featuring a remarkable assembly of 2,033 publishers and exhibitors hailing from 108 nations worldwide.
The fair will showcase a collection of 1.5 million titles, a collaborative effort by 1,043 Arab and 990 international publishers. With 800,000 titles in Arabic and 700,000 in various other languages, SIBF 2023 promises a diverse and enriching experience for book enthusiasts.
Distinguished figures from various fields will grace the event, including renowned personalities like Malcolm Gladwell, Kareena Kapoor, Thomas Erikson, Wole Soyinka, Mohsin Hamid, Vaclav Smil, Sunita Williams, and Swami Purnachaitanya, among others.
South Korea, honored as the Guest of Honor, will present a vibrant cultural program titled ‘Imagination Without Borders,’ comprising 15 cultural programs, 7 panel discussions, and 5 musical renditions by South Korean artists. The Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Moon Byung-jun, also attended the press conference.
SIBF 2023, in collaboration with New York University, will host a comprehensive training program on international publishing standards and practices for 120 publishers, including 20 from the UAE, 50 Arab publishers, and 50 African publishers.
The Publishers Conference, taking place from October 29th to 31st, will feature over 42 speakers and experts conducting 4 keynote speeches and 31 roundtables, addressing pivotal issues in the publishing sector. The winners of the Sharjah Publisher Recognition Award, with 58 candidates from 58 countries, will be announced during this conference.
Additionally, the 10th Sharjah International Library Conference (SILC), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), is scheduled from November 7th to 9th. Over 400 international librarians and specialists will convene, representing libraries in the US and around 30 other countries. The conference promises insightful discussions and exchanges in the realm of global libraries.