Turkish novelist and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, American comedian and author Steve Harvey and Indian poet and Academy award-winning lyricist Gulzar are just a few among the big names you can come face to face with at this year's Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), the organisers have announced.
The 38th edition of the SIBF will be opened at the Sharjah Expo Centre on October 30 and will continue till November 9, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) announced in a Press conference on Tuesday.
For this year's book fair, Mexico will be celebrated as the Guest of Honour country while Steve Harvey will be the chief guest of honour. The famous American TV show host will be joined by 173 leading authors from 68 countries and 90 cultural personalities 28 nations, including Mark Manson, Vikram Seth, Anita Nair, Inaam Kachachi, Mohammed Al Sakran, Bothayna Al Essa and Elisabetta Dami.
To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the 11-day cultural extravaganza will be carrying the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 theme 'Open Books. Open Minds.'
Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the SBA, said the guests will lead 987 activities distributed among scientific, knowledge and literary themes, including 350 cultural events to be enjoyed by book and culture enthusiasts across age groups.
Emphasising the importance of books in shaping creative and tolerant generations, Al Ameri said: "The SIBF has assumed the World Book Capital title because it was the truest reflection of the message the fair wants to convey to its visitors and to the world."
He added: "The prestigious Unesco title is a recognition of a unified vision and strong collaboration between cultural entities in Sharjah which believe that books are the basis of knowledge and humankind's true advancement."--Khaleej Times