1105 GMT July 24, 2021
The news was announced by Jaber Abu Faris, the fair’s director and chairman of the Union of Jordanian Publishers.
In a statement to the Jordanian News Agency (Petra), he said the 20th iteration of the fair will run in cooperation with Jordan’s Ministry of Culture and Greater Amman Municipality, reported thenationalnews.com.
In addition to stringent safety measures in place, the fair will feature in-person activities, including book signings and panel discussions.
The line-up of visiting authors will be announced closer to the start date and exhibitors are to register their interest through the union’s website.
“The fair is one the most prominent cultural events in the region over the past five years,” said Abu Faris. “Whether in terms of the number of participating publishing houses, which exceeds 350, or in terms of participating countries, with more than 30 Arab and foreign countries.”
The news comes after Jordan’s Culture Minister Ali Al Ayed reiterated the ministry’s support for the fair in an April meeting with Abu Faris.
According to Petra, Al Ayed praised the fair’s role in highlighting key Jordanian figures in literature and the arts.
Jordan’s literary luminaries attending the book fair over the years have included the late historian and poet Raouf Abu Jaber, and journalist Amjad Nasser, as well as novelists Ibrahim Al Saafin and Samiha Khreis.
The event’s arrival on the cultural calendar continues the resurgence of the region’s book fairs, as those in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Riyadh, Amman, Tehran and Muscat were scrapped last year because of the pandemic.
This month sees the Cairo International Book Fair return from June 30 to July 15 at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre.
Meanwhile, in March, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced on Twitter that the Riyadh International Book Fair will take place from October 1 to October 10.
Both the Abu Dhabi and the Sharjah book fairs ran safe and successful events in May this year and last November, respectively.