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In 2021, the book fair become the year’s largest publishing event worldwide in terms of business exchanges and copyright sales Image Credit: Supplied

Sharjah: The 41st edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will kick off on November 2, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) announced on Tuesday.

SIBF 2022 will take place at Expo Centre Sharjah for 12 days, and host Italy as Guest of Honour.

Themed ‘Spread the Word’, its slogan calls on people of the world to “believe in the power of words in building bridges of cultural communication based on noble values”.

With a line-up of hundreds of distinguished authors and intellectuals from around the world who will lead a vibrant cultural programme, SBA said it seeks to manifest what words can accomplish in honouring and respecting cultural diversity.

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Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of SBA, said: “The 41st edition of SIBF renews our commitment to the wise vision set by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, focused on building societies that understand the true value of books and its formative role in the developmental journeys of nations. It also asserts the impact of authors, creatives and intellectuals in driving the role of culture in building civilisations and making a tangible impact on human awareness.”

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He added: “SIBF represents a living manifestation of Sharjah’s ambitions set more than 50 years ago, to present to the world one of the most successful and pioneering developmental projects in the region and the world - one founded on investing in culture and human capital development; one that transcends libraries and creative events, authors, intellectuals and poets to influence and shape other key sectors of a nation and the world. Books shape the identity of a nation. Books are the engines of an economy; they are change makers and a developmental tool. Without them no achievements in knowledge, science or investments can be realised.”

Khawla Al Mujaini, general coordinator of SIBF, said the slogan of SIBF reflects the true power contained in words and their impact on every aspect of life. “With this slogan, we want to convey that words are not written to be hidden between covers of books. Words are at the core of all creative pursuits, and in fact, at the heart of everything we do.”

In 2021, the book fair crossed a major cultural milestone by becoming the year’s largest publishing event worldwide in terms of business exchanges and copyright sales.