Sharjah International Book Fair

Sharjah Port

 

CITY OF SPIES was the 2015 winner of the Best International Fiction Book at the Sharjah International Book Fair.  The book fair was an amazing experience, spending time with the exceptional organizers, meeting numerous wonderful writers, and wandering through huge crowds of young and old buying shopping carts full of books from publisher stalls.

Some of the highlights were attending a panel  which featured Susan Abulhawa, author of The Blue Between Sky and Water (one of my favorite novels of this year), hearing Joan Bauer (an author of thirteen novels whose newest title, Soar, will be out early next year) share her thoughts on  writing, listening to John McCarthy quote a poet who said that an enemy is someone whose story you don’t know, listening to Anthony Grooms read his poetry, witnessing Moni Mohsin firmly draw the distinction between satire and sarcasm and read a hilarious selection from her Diary of a Social Butterfly, and meeting Shaker Hasan, translator extraordinaire who has an incredible story of his own to tell.
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