Fri, 03/05/2013 - 14:08
Picture books, children's non-fiction and art and illustrated titles were all in strong demand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held last week (24th-29th March).
The UK presence was low key, with no collective stand, and with many academic and trade publishers represented by local distributors or via individual visits...
Fri, 20/03/2009 - 15:00
So it was my last day at the ADIBF yesterday and time to do a final tour of the stands to find out about how everyone’s 2009 experience has been. From newcomers to old timers, Arabic booksellers to UK publishers, comments were overwhelmingly positive about a busy event that seems to be getting more professional and productive by the year...
Thu, 19/03/2009 - 11:24
I take back everything I wrote in my last blog about the peace and quiet at the ABDIF; on my arrival yesterday morning, I was confronted with swarms of excited school children all scouring the stands after the fair was opened up to the public. It turns out that every year His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayn donates money –...
Thu, 19/03/2009 - 10:32
Literary agent Andrew Nurnberg has signed up the Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan, winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Nurnberg agreed to represent the author six-weeks ago, and intends to offer English-language translation rights to his winning novel Beelzebub, when he returns to the UK from the Abu Dhabi...
Wed, 18/03/2009 - 09:10
The 19th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opened its doors early yesterday morning for the first day of the 2009 fair, welcoming the 637 exhibitors from the blazing sun and 30 degree heat into its spotless, air-conditioned halls. The number of fair-goers well exceeds last year’s figure of 482 exhibitors with the number of countries being...