The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has highlighted the publishing experience of Sharjah and the UAE at BookExpo America 2018، which took place recently at the Javits Convention Centre in New York، gulf news reported.
The SBA was the only Arab representative at the large gathering of professionals in the global books business. Through its participation، the SBA introduced Arab literature and culture to the international publishing community and expo visitors.
The SBA’s discussions at the two-day event included how to bring American publishers، authors، illustrators، librarians and Intellectual Property experts to the upcoming edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair and to its Professional Programme، to be held in October.
Majid Al Suwaidi، UAE Consul-General in New York، and Anwar Al Azizi، Deputy Consul-General in New York، visited the Sharjah stand at BookExpo America، where Ahmad Al Ameri، SBA chairman، briefed them about how the emirate’s participation was exploring new avenues for UAE-US cooperation in publishing.
The SBA delegation familiarised American and international publishing leaders and intellectuals with Sharjah Publishing City (SPC)، the first publishing free zone in the Arab world.
Al Ameri، said: “The US is a global leader in publishing، and BookExpo America is an influential and reputable platform، which has offered us access to end-to-end business solutions in present-day publishing as well as an opportunity to network with content creators، rights traders and retail strategists، who have offered key insights into consumer behaviour and the tools necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly shifting marketplace.”
The SBA also hosted an iftar banquet for international publishers participating in the event، highlighting the values and spirit of Ramadan. During the iftar، Al Ameri said: “The book will remain the ideal platform for openness to the cultures of other peoples، as well as the strongest enabler of tolerance and peace.”