Emirates Literature Fest 2019 kicks off
Publish Date : Friday 1 March 2019 - 16:56
IBNA- The nine-day event, Emirates Literature Festival 2019 kicked off today with 170 authors in attendance and featuring programs for all age groups.
According to IBNA
correspondent, quoting from Gulf News
, the nine-day festival that celebrates the written and spoken word in various forms, offers a wide variety of experiences this year for people of age groups.
Being held under the theme of ‘United by Words’, the festival promises a rich schedule of programs offering something for everyone, with subjects covering all genres of fiction, a huge breadth of non-fiction topics, as well as children’s, family and youth sessions and more, brought to life by some of the world’s best known authors.
“We have a wide range of free and paid programs catering to people of various interests, throughout the week as well as over the two weekends. We will have a Quick Side majlis which will have free programs throughout and a special tribute session on prominent Emirati poet Ousha Bint Khalifa who passed away last year,” said Ahlam Al Bolooki, festival director.
Some of the best names headlining the event include inspirational author of the ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ Chris Gardner, whose real-life rags to riches story was portrayed by Will Smith in the eponymous hit film, who will be appearing on Youth Day along with one of the most influential media celebrities in the Arab world, Ahmad Al Shugairi.
Also on the festival program are Jane Hawking, whose best-selling memoir of her marriage with genius Stephen Hawking was turned into the film, ‘Travelling to Infinity’; IPAF winner Saud Al Sanousi; ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author Jeff Kinney; novelist and artist Douglas Coupland, who defined ‘Generation X’; master of crime fiction Ian Rankin, and many more.