This year’s 42nd edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will host 2,033 publishers and exhibitors from 108 nations at Expo Center Sharjah, between November 1st and 12th. The 13th Publishers Conference will also take place, before the opening of the fair, from October 29th to 31st. The event gathers editors from all over the world for lectures, round tables and matchmaking sessions. The international conference will feature the participation of prominent figures from the publishing market from 105 countries, including 11 first-time participants.
Brazil will be represented in this year’s edition by: Gustavo Faraon (Editora Dublinense), Laura Di Pietro (Editora Tabla), Leonardo Amaral (Editora Rua do Sabão), Ana Margarida Lima Cartaxo (Roça Nova Editora), Antonio Erivan Gomes (Telos Editora), Graziella Beting (Editora Carambaia), Barbara Ferreira dos Reis (Editora Aleph), literary agent Juliana Farias and Rayanna Pereira, coordinator at Brazilian Publishers – a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil).
On the first day, more than 42 speakers and experts will hold four lectures and 31 round tables addressing crucial issues in the publishing sector. Over the next two days, the conference will promote matchmaking sessions between publishers to negotiate copyrights, translation agreements and to strengthen the sector. On the 28th, Brazilian participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library to meet Brazilian children and their families to talk about literature. The visit is organized by Antonio Erivan Gomes, from Telos Editora, in partnership with a Brazilian author residing in Dubai.
“The internationalization of Brazilian literature is a fundamental step towards expanding the reach and influence of our authors and their unique narratives”, says Sevani Matos, CBL’s president. “With the active participation of Brazilian representatives in events such as the Publishers Conference in Sharjah, Brazilian literature gains global visibility, boosting the cultural and literary dialogue between nations and making Brazilian works accessible to a wider audience, often having contact for the first time with our voices”, she adds.
According to Rayanna Pereira, the Editors Conference in Sharjah allows the opportunity to establish connections with several professionals in the sector, making the translation and publishing of Brazilian books in different languages easier. “This exchange not only values Brazil’s literary diversity, but also strengthens the country’s cultural identity in the world. Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm that we go once again to the United Arab Emirates to represent Brazil with a strong delegation like this one”, quotes the coordinator.
The Conference will also have the participation of notable figures, such as Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, president of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA); Núria Cabutí Brull, CEO of Penguin Random House Group; Ian Chapman, CEO and publisher of Simon & Schuster UK and International; and Cheolho Yoon, president of the Korean Publishers Association and leader of the Delegation of South Korea’s Guests of Honor. Among the newcomers will be editors and literary agents from Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Mauritius, Paraguay, Burkina Faso, Zaire, Malawi, Guinea, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) is a non-profit association, representing publishers, booksellers, distributors, and other professionals in the sector. For 77 years it has been working on several fronts, always with the aim of promoting access to books and the democratization of reading throughout the country, besides promoting Brazilian literature in the international market. Since March 2020, CBL is the National Agency of the ISBN and, in the same period, it has launched a digital platform, which brings together its services in an integrated and dynamic way. Another powerful performance of the entity is linked to a relations agenda with the most diverse public and governmental spheres to discuss important guidelines and policies for the sector. All its actions are elaborated with a strategic and sensitive vision of those who believe in the transforming power of books for society.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project for the promotion of Brazilian editorial content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). The initiative aims at promoting the Brazilian editorial industry in the global market in a guided and organized manner, supporting the operationalization of publishers.
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investments to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. In order to achieve its goals, ApexBrasil carries out several trade promotion initiatives aimed at promoting Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and trade missions, business rounds, support to the participation of Brazilian companies in major international fairs, visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, among other business platforms that also aim at strengthening the Brazil brand.