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Sharjah: A number of international literary personalities will be participating in the 36th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2017), which will take place from November 1-11 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

Organised by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the fair will include an extensive programme of seminars, speeches and panel discussions featuring renowned writers and novelists from around the world.

Flying in from the United States, participant Peter Lerangis is a best-selling, award-winning children and young adult author of more than 170 books, which have sold more than six million copies and been translated into 33 different languages. Similarly, award-winning novelist professor Tayari Jones, is the author of four novels, including ‘An American Marriage’ and ‘Silver Sparrow,’ will also be attending the fair.

Other participants include, US citizen Victoria Christopher Murray self-published her first novel, which remained on the Essence best-sellers list for nine months, and USA lifestyle expert, motivational speaker and author Jasmine Brett Stringer, the founder of the internationally recognised lifestyle brand ‘Carpe Diem with Jasmine.’

Representing South America, Elsa Osorio is an award-winning Argentinian novelist who debuted in 1982 with a volume of short stories, ‘Private Rites’ for which she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura Argentina.

Travelling from Germany is journalist and author Souad Mekhennet, a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk, while representing the antipodes is international best-selling young adult writer Lang Leav, who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand but now resides in New Zealand. Attending from the Philippines is Edgar Calabia Samar, is a multi-award winning poet and fiction writer.

Themed ‘A World Inside My Book,’ the forthcoming 36th edition of SIBF will see the participation of 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries. More than 1.5 million titles will be on display throughout the 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture. Spread across 14,625 square metres, this year’s edition will feature 393 guests from 48 countries who will take part in more than 2,600 events.