Sharjah: The 39th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2020 organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), under the theme ‘The World Reads form Sharjah’, will bring together renowned Arab authors and intellectuals, who will attend the fair virtually to present a series of exciting literary and cultural discussions during the 11-day event, November 4 – 14, 2020.
The full cultural program of this edition, consisting of 64 events and activities, will be accessible to audiences from all over the world on the virtual platform ‘Sharjah Reads’ launched by SBA to ensure active public participation in cultural events , while local and global efforts to stop the spread of the new Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
One of the region’s top short story writers, Mansoura Ez Eldin, will also be competing from Egypt. Mansoura’s claim to literary fame includes several award-winning works such as Shaken light, Maryam’s maze, Shadow Specters, and Outside of paradise, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Arabic Booker Prize. Her recent collection of short stories A refuge from absence was shortlisted for the 2018 Al Multaqa Prize for Arabic Short Story.
The line-up continues with two big names from Kuwait, writer Mishel Hamad and novelist, Ahmad Al-Rifai. Hamad, who developed a passion for the written word from the age of fourteen, manages two prestigious publications Fear of Medina and Larubama Khaira. Al-Rifai has written four novels, as well as television and radio scripts.
Prolific Bahraini novelist, columnist and cultural influencer, Dalal Abdullah Yusuf, author of three novels, Dalal Al Masaher, Qafas Mariam and Taranim Dalal, participates in the cultural program SIBF 2020 along with her colleague Layla Mutawa. Novelist, journalist and screenwriter Layla Mutawa is known for using her writing to champion women’s rights. Her works have been translated into several languages. In 2012 she released her novel My heart is not for sale.
Iraqi writer, poet, academic and translator Muhsin Al-Ramli will join this amazing group representing the Arab world. He has written in both the Arabic and Spanish languages and has published more than 20 works, ranging from short stories to plays, translations and novels. The English translation of his novel Scattered crumbs won the University of Arkansas Press American Translation Award in 2002.
The audience will also hear from Dr Sa’eed Alsiyabi from Oman, who is the Vice President of the Cultural Club in Oman, and has headed the Omani Theater Association since 2011; as well as the Lebanese theater director, writer, producer and educator Lina Khoury. Khoury pursues her passion in theater, TV, film and media production from two bases in the US and Lebanon.
The SIBF 2020 cultural program will also feature prominent Emirati figures, including novelist, poet and critic Sultan Alameemi, who writes Nabati as well as classical Arabic poetry, and has published two novels, PO 1003 and A room is not enough; novelist and storyteller Fatima Sultan Al Mazrouei, winner of the Sultan Al Owais Cultural Award for her novel Combing Al Attma (Darkness Traps, 2013); Fathia Al Nimr, Member of the Emirati Writers Union, author of The moon has a different side; novelist Nadia Al Najjar, winner of the SIBF Award for her novel Trio D., and the 26th Sultan Al Owais Cultural Award for her story Aswat Al’alam (Voices of the World).
Homegrown novelist and storyteller, Iman Al Yousef, whose work Guardian of the sun won first place in the Emirates Novel Award 2016; and the Emirati academic and writer Dr. Rehab Alkilani, who explores cultural issues, literature and art through novels, stories and films, as well as writes for children, will join the line-up.
© Press release 2020