April 24, 2024

Sharjah Booksellers Conference Releases Its 2024 Agenda

Sharjah Booksellers Conference

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During the Sharjah Booksellers Conference held in the United Arab Emirates on April 27 and 28, the effectiveness of workshop programming was showcased in a two-day event emphasizing interactive round-table discussions led by industry experts in the global business sector. The program’s details have been disclosed to the press today (April 22).

This marks the third year of the program, scheduled just days ahead of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival opening on May 1, and is proudly presented by the Sharjah Book Authority.

The conference will commence on Saturday with a keynote address by Bodour Al Qasimi, Chair of the Book Authority.

Following this, Publishing Perspectives will conduct an insightful “in conversation” interview with Andrea Giunti, the Executive Vice-President of Giunti al Punto bookstores, Italy’s largest bookstore chain, boasting 267 stores. Currently, one in 10 books sold in Italy comes from Giunti, and the company aims to increase this to one in five.

On Saturday’s Main Stage, Raja Al Gurg will be interviewed by Iman Ben Cheibah, founder of Sail Publishing. Al Gurg, representing PublisHer, is an accomplished author and the Chair and Managing Director of the Easa Sale Al Gurg Group, based in Dubai, with a diverse portfolio of over 30 companies.

These sessions will be followed by a coffee break and a book-signing session with Al Gurg in the newly established PublisHer Lounge, exclusively for female conference attendees. Kenny Chan, Kinokuniya consultant, will moderate the Main Stage program.

On the second day of the program, Sunday, a morning keynote will feature Emile Tyan from Lebanon’s Librairie Antoine in an enlightening “in conversation” interview with Nadia Wassef from Egypt’s Diwan. Additionally, Day Two will include a second keynote featuring Ahmed Rewihel from Arabookverse.

The remainder of the programming on both days will be dedicated to the popular round-table sessions. Developed by programming associate Emma House in collaboration with Sharjah Book Authority CEO Ahmed Al Ameri and Publishing City’s Mansour Al Hassani. These sessions aim to address specific issues in bookselling and publishing. Featuring key industry figures who are part of the conference.

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Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the American University of Sharjah

Among the 23 round-table events scheduled for the first day, at least six will be conducted in Arabic, while the others will be in English. These sessions cover a wide range of topics, showcasing the expertise of industry specialists:

  • Ajay Mago from India’s Om Books will discuss Bookstores in Shopping Malls.
  • Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo from the United States’ Greenlight Bookstore will focus on Bookstore Partnerships.
  • Giorgia Russo from Confujo social media will share insights on Making the Most of Social Media.
  • José Manuel Anta from Madrid’s FANDE will explore Collaboration Between Distributors, Publishers, and Bookstores.
  • Damilola Olajoyegbe from the United Kingdom’s Waterstones will delve into Curating and Selling Graphic Novels.
  • Agnes Debiage from France’s ACDF Consulting will discuss Selling Books Outside of Your Own Shop.
  • Fernando Pascual from Mexico’s Lantia will examine Magnifying the Voice of the Bookseller with AI.
  • Tamara Megrelishvili from Tbilisi’s Prospero’s Books and Coffeehouse will share insights on Stock Curation and Product Mix.
  • Ajay Jain from India’s Kunzum Bookstores will explore Community Engagement.
  • Kyra Dreher from Germany’s Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels will shed light on Germany’s Kultur Pass and Bookseller Engagement.
  •   The Nahid Al-Shawa Cultural Foundation in Egypt will present Innovative Working Methods for Distributing Children’s Books.
  • Publishers Weekly’s Ed Nawotka will discuss Book Stunts: Promoting Books With Out of the Box Thinking.
  • Brooke O’Donnell from IPG will speak on Working With a US Distributor.
  • Fatimah Abbas from Egypt’s Fala Agency will lead a workshop on Publishing in the AI Era: Unveiling the Multi-Format Makeover.
  • Govind Dee Cee from India’s DC Books will conduct a workshop on Bookstores and Literary Festivals.

These sessions, among others, aim to address a wide range of issues and debates relevant to booksellers and publishers across various markets in the global book business.

Additionally, there will be workshops conducted in Arabic and English, covering various aspects of the publishing industry.

Source : publishingperspectives

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