Home 5 Articles and Reports 5 Bodour Al Qasimi Oversees the Initiatives of the Sharjah Book Authority

Bodour Al Qasimi Oversees the Initiatives of the Sharjah Book Authority

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Articles and Reports, News

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi has been appraised of the latest events and programs undertaken by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) on a recent visit to the Authority’s headquarters.

SBA Chief Executive Officer HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri received Sheikha Bodour before she presided over the first internal meeting convened since the announcement of her appointment as the entity’s Chairperson. Bringing together department heads, Sheikha Bodour gained comprehensive insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the SBA and its affiliates.

The work of the board will enable the SBA to chart the course for the future, create an integrated and dynamic roadmap for each of the authority’s functions, streamline their efforts, and propel them towards an even more relevant and influential role in promoting publishing, creative industries, and libraries.

 

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi said: ‘Sharjah’s role in nurturing and empowering this sector for 50 years has drawn the world’s gaze, and we have a responsibility to continue this cultural leadership, putting people and knowledge first.’

She added: ‘Sharjah Book Authority’s contributions will be pivotal in achieving our goals. We’ve hosted the world’s largest book fair in terms of buying and selling of copyrights, developed pioneering business solutions and created literary initiatives to champion authors, publishers, literary agents, media professionals, and booksellers worldwide, but this is just the beginning. With the resolute support and backing of the board, together we’ll keep beating the path to build Sharjah into a global beacon of knowledge, creativity and innovation, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all the department heads of SBA and its affiliates to see this vision come to life.’ 

The visit entailed several significant engagements and discussions for Sheikha Bodour, including, Big Bad Wolf’s 2023 strategy for the UAE and the Middle East, the Africa Rights Forum, the upcoming edition of the Publishers Conference in October, the African Literature Book Award, the Sharjah Award for Library Literature, and other key SBA initiatives. The afternoon ended with a tour of Ingram Group’s Lightning Source print-on-demand facility, which enables international publishers and booksellers to print and distribute locally.

Sheikha Bodour has a prolific track record of driving impact and change, notably in publishing, women’s leadership, and social transformation. She has held manifold leadership roles, including President of the International Publishers Association (2021-2022); founder and CEO of Kalimat Group; founder of PublisHer, a global movement advocating for a fair deal for women publishers; President of the American University of Sharjah; head of the Advisory Committee of the Sharjah World Book Capital Office, and more.

Recent News

20Jul
Gen Z Brings New Life to Kafka on TikTok

Gen Z Brings New Life to Kafka on TikTok

On TikTok, classic authors like Franz Kafka are enjoying renewed popularity. On the social platform, Gen Z are reinterpreting The Metamorphosis and other works through creative videos, integrating pop culture references and personal experience. People might assume that reading is falling out of favour due to social networking, but they could be wrong. Franz Kafka, […]

20Jul
Lexington Literary Launches in London

Lexington Literary Launches in London

There is a new literary agency launched in London in good time for both the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Sharjah International Book Fair.  Lexington Literary (LL), based in London’s Soho, has been formed by Kat Aitken and Seren Adams, both agents at United Artists.   Aitken worked as a bookseller before starting in the […]

20Jul
Backlash Forces Closure of MIM Edition Over Novel’s Content

Backlash Forces Closure of MIM Edition Over Novel’s Content

Algeria’s Arabic publishing house MIM Edition announced this week that it is suspending business following an online backlash over an award-winning novel criticised for perceived inappropriate content. “We announce that MIM closed its doors effective immediately in the face of the wind and the fire,” the publisher said. “We were nothing but advocates of peace […]

Related Posts

Lexington Literary Launches in London

Lexington Literary Launches in London

There is a new literary agency launched in London in good time for both the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Sharjah International Book Fair.  Lexington Literary (LL), based in London’s Soho, has been formed by Kat Aitken and Seren Adams, both agents at United Artists.  ...

Backlash Forces Closure of MIM Edition Over Novel’s Content

Backlash Forces Closure of MIM Edition Over Novel’s Content

Algeria’s Arabic publishing house MIM Edition announced this week that it is suspending business following an online backlash over an award-winning novel criticised for perceived inappropriate content. “We announce that MIM closed its doors effective immediately in...

Bodour Al Qasimi Launches ‘Read You’re in Sharjah’ Campaign

Bodour Al Qasimi Launches ‘Read You’re in Sharjah’ Campaign

Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Honorary President of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), has launched the ‘Read You’re in Sharjah’ campaign, implemented by Menassah Distribution Company. The initiative aims to foster a culture of reading across...

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this

Pin It on Pinterest