Challenges of Arabic publishing to be discussed at Frankfurt Book Fair

Arabic literature, translations and book launches will be discussed at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which begins on Wednesday.

As part of its appearance at one of the major publishing industry gatherings, the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi will host a number of panel discussions and events.

Some of the topics to be explored include ways to develop the publishing market in the Arab world and the challenges facing Arab literature in the age of social media.

The Arabic Language Center will also launch a new series of books, with Pioneers Among Us among the first in a series of publications devoted to the music of the Mena region and beyond.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, hosted under the auspices of the center, will also host a discussion centered on the book fair’s theme, Words connect worlds: Translate. To transfer. Transform, featuring various international editors, translators, authors and scholars.

These events perpetuate the centre’s close relationship with the fair.

In September, it organized a training program with members of the Frankfurt Book Fair and its Abu Dhabi counterparts in preparation for the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which will be held in April.

Who else comes to the book fair?

The Arabic Language Center is one of hundreds of publishers and organizations present at the Frankfurt Book Fair, many of which invite renowned authors and personalities.

The biggest name in the bill is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who will participate via video link.

President Zelenskyy’s address is part of the global publishing community’s continued support of Ukrainian publishers through grants, participation in trade fairs and training courses.

Ukraine will have a collective stand in Frankfurt representing more than 100 publishing professionals and authors.

Russia’s participation in this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair is suspended.

Other key figures in attendance include best-selling Italian author Donna Leon, German-American actress Diane Kruger, who will launch a children’s book, and prominent British historian Ian Kershaw.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair runs until Sunday, October 23. More information is available at

Updated: October 17, 2022, 09:43

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