“This is 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.
What’s on the agenda?
The Amman International Book Fair will offer a professional and cultural programme of events and discussions.
The former will target those within the regional publishing industry, while the latter is dedicated to the public via discussions featuring award-winning authors and poets.
The fair will also soon announce the country that is being designated as guest of honour. The UAE and Egypt held the title in 2017 and 2018, respectively. It was Tunisia in 2019.
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 and Muscat were scrapped last year because of the pandemic.
This month sees the Cairo International Book Fair return from Wednesday, June 30 to Thursday, 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 Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 10.
Both the Abu Dhabi and the Sharjah book fairs ran safe and successful events in May this year and last November, respectively.