Sharjah Book Fair Confirms Plans to Go Ahead

The Sharjah International Book Fair, scheduled for November 4-14, said all booth space has sold out and the fair will go ahead as planned, albeit with new health and safety protocols. More than two million people attended the fair last year over ten days. Hundreds of international publishers, many of them rights representatives, attend each year as well to participate in the fair's well-regarded professional program and invitations to apply for the professional program went out late last month.

The Sharjah Book Authority, which runs the fair, had a big year planned in 2020, with Sharjah lated to serve as guest of honor at the Bologna Children's Book Fair and the London Book Fair, both of which were cancelled. The emirate is also scheduled to be the guest of honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), scheduled for November 26 to December 6. For it's part, FIL plans to announce plans for its event in mid-July. The fair has already said it is likely to split events between the fairgrounds and the campus of the University of Guadalajara, which organizes the fair.

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