This week, the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) promoted a matchmaking session between Arab and Brazilian publishers, and six participants of Brazilian Publishers – a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, (Apex-Brasil) – were present.
The initiative was a warm-up round for the traditional Publishers Conference, which takes place between October 31st and November 2nd in the Emirate of Sharjah. To prepare the publishers Ateliê da Escrita, Jaguatirica, Carochinha, Melhoramentos, FTD and Mil Caramiolas for this negotiation, Brazilian Publishers held a webinar on strategies for the Arab market. The event took place virtually, on September 24th, and counted with the participation of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
Fernanda Dantas, CBL’s international relations manager and executive manager of Brazilian Publishers, says the market is growing fast and looking for good Brazilian authors. “Results from programs like the Brazilian Publishers translation grant show how interested these readers are in our stories. In 2020, for example, we supported the translation of 3 books for an Arabic publisher, and this year 2 more. ”, reveals Fernanda.
The Publishers Conference is a closed, face-to-face meeting where publishers selected by the organization are invited and meet for business rounds. So far, six Brazilian publishers have already guaranteed their presence. Applications for the selection are open until October 1st, and the deadline for applicants is mid-October.
For more details, access the Sharjah International Book Fair website.
The Sharjah International Book Tradeshow, on the other hand, takes place subsequent to the conference and is one of the largest nexuses of the publishing market worldwide. This year, the event will take place between November 3rd and 13th.
In 2019, Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates, was declared the World Book Capital by UNESCO. The event was first held in 1982, at the initiative of Sultan Muhammad Al-Qasimi. Since then, the Tradeshow has had thousands of publishers and millions of visitors.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sectorial project to foster exports of Brazilian publishing content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). The initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing sector in the global market in a targeted and articulated manner, contributing to the professionalization of publishers.