A handful of these photos (the blurry and off-center ones) are mine; most came from ArabLit reader Kathryn Kasimor; a few others are official ADIBF images. As you look at the photos, do imagine that it’s about 10 degrees Celsius:
Roller-boxes were a convenient way to gather loads of heavy books. Photo credit: MLQ.
Kiswah (door covering) on display at the fair. Over 400 years old, this pieced and embroidered fabric was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. Photo credit & caption: Kathryn Kasimor.
A view of the ADIBF press center from above. This is where the “Show Daily” is put together and where reporters from all over the world have space to work. Photo credit: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
Iraqi novelist Sinan Antoon discussing his novel “Hail Mary,” a novel which takes place in the space of 24 hours with differing views of the bombing of a church in Baghdad. Discussion afterwards about writing in dialect and whether there is an Iraqi dialect, a Baghdad dialect, or whether it’s dialects based on religious backgrounds rather than geographic. Photo credit & caption: Kathryn Kasimor.
Cool panoramic shot. Photo credit: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
Winner of the 2013 International Prize for Arab Fiction (Arab Booker), Saud Al Sanousi talks about his IPAF-winning book, “The Bamboo Stalk.” It’s a novel in traditional form that tackles the issue of foreign labor in the Gulf. The Kuwaiti author writes the story from the perspective of a son of a Kuwaiti father and Filipina mother, and addresses the difficulties he has being accepted into his father’s Kuwaiti family. Photo credit & caption: Kathryn Kasimor.
The “Made in UAE” stand displaying seven picture books that are the result of a joint workshop project of UAEBBY and the Goethe-Institut. Photo credit: MLQ.
Rawi Hage. Reading from his earlier novel, “Cockroach.” He also discussed his newest book, Carnival, which he described as chaotic, colorful, fragmented ambiguities, and is about the idea of wandering in a borderless world. Photo credit & caption: Kathryn Kasimor.
Rachid Boudjedra is an Algerian poet, novelist, essayist, playwright and educator at ADIBF. Photo credit & caption: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
Mohamed Hassan Alwan, author of The Beaver, shortlisted for the IPAF, talks with members of Kutub bilarabi, a Dubai book club, about his book. Photo credit & caption: Kathryn Kasimor.
Panel discussion with Icelandic authors on how living on an island can affect the literature of the place. Sjon, Bjarni Bjarnison, and Bragi Olafsson. Photo credit & caption: Kathryn Kasimor.
A very interesting talk about “children’s books vs. children’s apps” in the “E-zone” of the fair, headlined by Dar al Salwa’s Taghreed Najjar and Kalimat’s Tamer Said. Photo credit: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
More ADIBF photos can be seen on their Facebook page.