Over 2.23 million people visited the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF
) that ended on Saturday after 11 days of literary adventures.
Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, praised the UAE's cultural achievements during a visit to the 37th SIBF
, held at the Expo Centre, Gulf News reported.
"Shakespeare who?" replied a woman at SIBF
when asked if she reads William Shakespeare, the legendary 17th century English playwright whose works have been translated into every major living language.
Park Hye-jin, a literary editor at Minumsu, addressed how the Korean literary fiction industry has seen a rise of women's fiction, in particular The main conference of SIBF
, 'Books, Humans, Future,' took place on Wednesday, to newly define the act of publishing and reading in a digital era Physicist Kim Sang-wook, sociologist Lee Jin-kyung and literary critic Jung Yeo-ul participated to discuss topics such as the history of books, independent digital publications, audio books, expansion of media, and transformation of bookstores with AI reshaping how humans write and read.
Additionally, as part of SIBF
, the 4th Annual Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference will be taking place on Nov.
is now the third largest book fair in the world, with more than 1,500 participating publishing houses and 1,500,000 titles on display" said UAE-based newspaper "The Gulf Today" in an editorial on Sunday.
He added that the qualitative and various sessions organized by the 33rd edition of the SIBF
, and the surge in number of participant publishing houses to 1,256 representing 56 countries, contributed to the increment in number of visitors, noting that about 200,000 visitors were registered on the third day alone, WAM reported.
The teenager debuted as an author during the last year's SIBF
with his book 'A Tryst with Life' - a compilation of inspiring short stories, mostly real-life incidents.
Commenting on SIBF
, Gopal said: "Organising this book fair in order for the entire population of the UAE to develop a habit of reading and nurturing a liking for cultural engagement, an 11-day event packed with spectacular activities, is incredible!
"New Definition" will be the theme of this year's Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF
) to be held June 20 to 24 at COEX in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.