This year the Sharjah International Book Fair celebrates its 40th year. Several special activities will take place to commemorate the occasion during the fair, which will be held November 3-13, 2021.
Spain is the Guest of Honor this year, and several Spanish publishers have confirmed their participation in the book fair as well as the Publishers Conference & International Library Conference. The Publishers Conference will be held October 31-November 2, 2021, and the International Library Conference will be held November 9-11, 2021.
A special event "The National Library Summit" will be held November 8-9, 2021, in the Sharjah Book Authority building with the participation of central library heads from various countries.
The Publishers Conference is organised by the SBA prior to the opening of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The annual three-day event brings together publishing professionals, agents and authors from all over the world to attend a series of sessions, panel discussions and specialised workshops. The conference provides participants with a platform to discuss book sales, potential agreements, translations, as well as copyrights and distribution rights.
SBA highlights the significant role of writers and their influence in promoting community awareness by aiding them and book businesses in publishing and distributing their books in the global book markets, through inculcating the love for reading among the residents of Sharjah through a network of state-of-the-art libraries.
In a generous gesture, the Sharjah Government has created a $300,000 Translation Grant to support publishers to translate and publish more books. Under the program, any valid contract between two participants to have a book translated and published is eligible for a grant.
International Library Conference
An important related event is the Sharjah International Library Conference, which will be held this year November 9-11. Begun in 2014 as the ALA Conference, it is jointly organized by the ALA and the Sharjah Book Authority and is for librarians around the world, and in particular for librarians from the region.
39th Edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2020)
The 39th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) held November 4-14, 2020, was the first book fair organized in the new world of pandemic. "The World Reads from Sharjah" was the theme. SIBF 2020 will always be remembered for the unparalleled generosity of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member & Ruler of Sharjah, shown to the book fair as well as publishers. As a support to the publishers during pandemic, His Highness waived and refunded the fees of all participants who attended SIBF 2020. His Highness also allotted an additional fund of 10 million dirhams (about $1.36 million) to purchase books from them.
Sharjah Children's Reading Festival
Sharjah Book Authority organizes the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival annually in line with the vision of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and under the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohmmed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA). SCRF is considered the Arab world's leading literary festival dedicated totally to children. It has gone much beyond being just a book fair and developed into an integrated event that contributes to enriching the knowledge and identifying and developing their various talents.