Frontlist | A group of intellectuals at the Sharjah International Book Fair
The activities of the 39th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, organized by the Sharjah Book Authority this year under the slogan “The World Reads From Sharjah”, and the launching of next November 4, will host a group of Arab writers, writers and thinkers, who are creators in various literary and cultural fields and fields, presenting a series of Sessions and dialogues, throughout the exhibition, which will continue until November 14 at the Expo Center Sharjah.
The exhibition will organize all the accompanying lectures and workshops this year (remotely), through the “Sharjah Read” platform, in line with the precautionary measures taken by the UAE to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, and at the same time the exhibition doors will remain open for book lovers to reach their favorite addresses. And a visit to the publishing houses that will be present during the exhibition.
The guest list this year includes the Algerian novelist Wasseni Al-Araj, who won many prestigious literary prizes, including the Sheikh Zayed Book Award – Literature in 2007, and whose novel “The Guardian of Shadows” (Don Quixote in Algeria) was chosen among the five best novels issued in France. Prize for the Algerian novel for all his works, including “The Jasmine Collar”, “Our Lady of the Shrine” and “The Balconies of the North Sea” and others.
* Catching sounds
The exhibition of Egyptian novelist Ahmed Murad, one of the most remarkable voices in the field of fictional and fantasy writing, who owns many works that have had great resonance with the audience of readers, is the most famous of the novel “The Blue Elephant”, which turned into a cinematic work in which a group of Egyptian stars participated, and novels Diamond dust and God’s Land, in addition to many other works.
Also participating from Egypt is the storyteller Mansoura Ezz El-Din, who was chosen from among the best 39 Arab writers under the age of forty in the Beirut Literary Festival in its 39th session, and reached the short list of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker) for her work “Beyond Paradise”. From novels into Italian, German, French and English languages; Also on the exhibition is the Kuwaiti writer and novelist Mishaal Hamad, who has published two novels, “Remains of Madinah” and “Perhaps the Best.”
The public of literature and culture will have an appointment with the Iraqi poet and academic Mohsen al-Ramli, who owns more than twenty publications varying between story, poetry, novel and theater, in addition to many works that he translated from different languages, in addition to works that won international awards such as the American Arkansas Prize for the year 2002. For his novel “The Scattered Boy”, he was also nominated for the long list of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker) for his novel “Fingers Dates” in 2010 and “The President’s Gardens” 2013.
From the State of Kuwait, the writer of television and radio series, journalist Ahmed Al-Rifai, who owns four novels and has contributed to writing many television and radio works, is a guest.
This year, the writer and academic Dr. Saeed Al-Siyabi, the author of the book “A chapter in the book The Omani Dialogues .. Online Chat in Omani Culture,” and the book “The Employment of Popular Literature in the Gulf Theatrical Script”, and others will participate. The exhibition also hosts the author and director Lina Khoury, a specialist in science. Communication and theater, and the owner of the theater “Haki Niswan”, next to her is the Bahraini writer Dalal Abdullah Youssef, author of “Dalal Al-Mashaer”, “Dalal’s Hymns” and “Mary’s Cage.”
There is the Bahraini writer and journalist, Laila Al-Mutawa, whose novel “My Heart is Not for Sale” was published, along with many TV business scenarios, including “Your Rib is Crooked” and “Holes in the White Dress”. The writer also participated in a workshop organized by the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker).
** Emirati faces
This year, the exhibition will host a group of Emirati cultural figures, where the audience will have a date with Emirati novelist, poet and critic Sultan Al Amimi, who organizes eloquent poetry and Nabati poetry, and the author of my novel “p. B 1003, ”and“ One room is not enough, ”in addition to three short story collections:“ Page 79 of my diary, ”“ The apple of entry into heaven, ”and“ Elegant crows. ”Many of his stories were published in Arab magazines and newspapers, as I translated some His poems into English.
The guest of the exhibition is the poet, novelist and storyteller Fatima Sultan Al Mazrouei, winner of the Al Owais Award for the best creative and cultural work for the year 2013 for her novel “Dark Traps”, in addition to the Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Prize for Literature and Culture for the year 2013, and Al Mazrouei has published many works in the fields of poetry, theater, story and novel Including “acute angle”, “something wrong” and others.
Fathia Al-Nimr participates in the exhibition of the novelist, who has published a number of works, including “The Moon Has Another Side”, “The Window and the Veil”, “Saif” and other works. Nadia Al-Najjar, the novelist who won the Sharjah International Book Fair Award for her novel, is also featured in the exhibition. “The Dal Trilogy”, and the Al Owais Award for Creativity in its 26th session for the category of the best children’s literature book for Emiratis on the story of “Voices of the World”
The exhibition audience will have an appointment with novelist and storyteller Iman Al-Youssef, the author of the story collection “Faces of a Human”, “A Bird in the Aquarium” and “The Eggs of Eyes”, in addition to her novels, “The Guardian of the Sun”, which won first place for the Emirates Prize for Fiction for the year 2016. And “The Window That Seen”, as found on the exhibition, is Dr. Rehab Al-Kilani, writer and academic who has authored many books in the fields of novel, screenplay, story and academic studies.
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