Sharjah, His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the 38th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on Wednesday.
Sharjah Ruler explained that winning a prestigious cultural title like World Book Capital, whose extensive selection criteria is defined by UNESCO and top international entities, requires years’ worth of extensive efforts and strategic planning, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
Dr. Al Qasimi Highlighted the importance of SIBF as platform for the convergence of ideas, languages, stories, experiences and cultures from around the world.
“I stand here today, amid 2,000 publishers from 81 countries, 173 authors, 90 cultural personalities and a packed 11-day agenda of 900-plus activities, which have brought arts and culture from across the globe under one roof, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman, Sharjah Book Authority, said.
“This is what Sharjah is offering. This is what we are safeguarding for our future and yours; for your children and for humanity,” he said.
HH Shaikh Sultan honored Lebanese author and critic Dr. Yumna Al Eid , also known as Hikmat Sabbagh, as the Cultural Personality of the Year, in recognition of the significant role she has played to promote the Arab literary scene through her contributions as an award-winning author and critic, for over four decades.
Abdullah Al Nuaimi was awarded Best Emirati Book (Novel) for Zubaida’s Apartment, while Palestinian Abdullah Saleem Amarah, Latifa Ali Obaid and Afraa Rachid Al Basti from the UAE won the Best Emirati Book in the field of Studies for A Brief of UAE’s cultural and Political History (From Stone Age to 1971).
Other winners included Emirati author Saleh Karama Al Ameri who secured the Best Emirati Book on Theater Scripts for Take the Earth, and Syrian author Ezzat Omar who won the Best Emirati Book on the UAE, for ‘The Impact of Modernism and Post-Modernism on Emirati Narratives’. Saudi Author Maqboul Moussa Al Alawi was awarded the Best Arabic Novel Award for Al Hallaj Spirit. Amey S. Edmondson scooped the Best International Book Award for the non-fiction category for her Fearless Organizing book, while the fiction category was won by Nigerian author Chilochi Onimelokoy Onobia for the work Son of House.
The Best Local Publisher Award went to Al Hudhud Publishing and Distribution, while the Best Arab Publisher Award was won by Dar Elmaref form Egypt.
The Best International Publisher went to Adveza Graz from Austria.
Shaikh Sultan presented the third edition of the translation prize, Sharjah Translation Award ‘Turjuman’, AED 1.3 million Turjuman Award, to Italian publisher ‘Edizioni E/O’ for the novel A Small Death (Mawt Sagheer) by Saudi author Mohammed Hasan Alwan, which was translated to Italian, and Lebanese publisher Dar al Saqi, who owns the first edition publishing rights for the Arabic edition of the novel, won the Arabic Publishing House award.
Source: Bahrain News Agency