Thursday 13 October 2011
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daughter, Sheikha Bodour, founderof the award-winning children’spublisher Kalimat and of theEmirates Publishers Association,is the driving force behindKnowledge Without Borders, aprogramme which aims to engrainthe habit of reading among
families by donating libraries, eachof 50 books, cleverly shelved withina coﬀee table, to 42,000 families inthe Emirate.
HE Sheikha Bodour AlQasimi, President of theEmirates Publishers Association,
hmed Al Amri,Director of the SharjahInternational Book Fair, has announced a $300,000translation fund to mark theevent’s thirtieth anniversary.Te SIBF ranslation RightsCentre, which is sponsoredby Etisalat, the largesttelecommunications company in the UAE, and supported by American University of Sharjah(AUS), will oﬀers grants for dealsconcluded or initiated at theFair, and it will include booksbeing translated between any twolanguages. In its ﬁrst year, thefund will have a pot of $300,000.Te initiative reﬂects “theinternational reach and inﬂuenceof SIBF” and is driven by thevision of its Director – but it alsounderscores the commitmentof the Emirate to the culturaleconomy, a commitment whichcomes absolutely from thetop.
HH Sheikh Dr Sultan binMohammed Al Qassimi is the Fair’sPatron (his memoir is publishedby BQPF), and at last year’s event,the talk was of
“a cultural march...a global road map opening upthe world to book-lovers”. His
$300,000 translation fund marks Sharjah’sthirtieth anniversary
“We are proud to launchthe SIBF ranslation RightsCentre to celebrate ourthirthieth anniversary. It willmark a signiﬁcant gatheringof international publishersand we will facilitate asmany translation deals as wecan, conﬁrming Sharjah’simportant role as an inﬂuentialinternational book fair.”Crucially, the launch of theSIBF ranslation Rights Centre issupported by a hugely expandedprofessional programme, which will take place on Monday 14and uesday 15 November, priorto oﬃ cial opening of SIBF on Wednesday 16. It will includeindividual meetings, networkingand talks, and will bring togetherprofessionals from across theinternational rights community to do business at the Fair. Already more than 50international publishers
have conﬁrmed attendancefrom some 16 countries,including Japan, Russia, US,Romania, UK and Mexico. Teprogramme will also be attendedby Arab publishers from acrossthe region keen to build theirnetworks with internationalpublishers. All attendees willreceive a list of books currently available in Arabic that arerecommended for translation,and the opportunity to meettheir Arabic publishers.
oby Eady said:
“Books don’t succeed unlessthey are very well translated.But brilliant and inspiringtranslation is not just the bedrock of international publishing, it isthe key to better understandingbetween cultures. Opportunitiesto meet with publishingprofessionals from across the world, like the one aﬀorded atSharjah ranslation Rights Centre,are invaluable in helping us break down the barriers. Hopefully, this will lead to more authors beingtranslated and appreciated inmore languages across the world.” A partnership with the BritishCouncil will this year see aroster of international authorsheading to Sharjah for the Fair,among them Andrew Rawnsley,Robert Lacey, Amit Chaudhuri,Kate Mosse, Sunetra Guptaand Lauren St John, who wasamong the attendees at uesday night’s Sharjah dinner, held atthe Schloss. Guests hosted by Al-Amri and the Sheikha includedpublishers from Italy, Spain andFrance, as well as Richard Molletand Emma House from the UK PA, Steve Rosato from BEA,Margaret Obank from Banipal, Jane appuni of Publishingechnology, and Orion’s LisaMilton, who, at Sharjah 2010,bought UK right’s in Kalimat’s
My Own Special Way
, which will bepublished in spring 2012.Te Fair itself will also beattended by Arab authors,booksellers and wholesalers,and key English-language book buyers from institutions such asuniversities and libraries.Te translation grant willbe available to any attendingpublisher or agent. Te fullguidelines for 2011 will beannounced shortly via www.sharjahbookfair.com.
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Sheikha Bodour, centre, with left to right, Orion’s Fiona Kennedy, Lauren St John,Lisa Milton and Alex Williams, also both from Orion