Book fairs in exotic climes suggest an unusual travel opportunity

2017/5/6 17:01:20

Seen all the most common vacation sites and ready for something different? You might want to consider combining travel with an opportunity to meet authors – and unusual business opportunities. This report from Abu Dhabi might intrigue you to consider upcoming venues on the 2017 international book fair circuit.


By Saeed Saeed for The National (UAE), May 3, 2017


The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair completed its 27th edition on Tuesday. On the surface the event did what it was designed to do. Thousands of books were sold, literary awards were handed out, a new publishing house was announced, publishing deals were signed and authors’ works were snapped up in languages ranging from Chinese to Turkish.


But it is only when you spend a serious amount of time at the fair, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, that you witness the little moments and see the threads that make it unique.


Make no mistake, the book fair is a travelling circus.


There are the book traders who function almost like roadies, with Abu Dhabi being part of an established route that includes Cairo and Doha earlier in the year and Tehran and Lagos next week. All that travelling, packing and unpacking of books can be tiring at best; hence Idriss Mears’s decision to carve himself a space on the floor for coffee breaks beside his Blackstone & Holywell stand, which specialises in spiritual literature.


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