This week, Salwa Shakhshir of Al-Salwa Books (Jordan) is in Abu Dhabi at a publishers’ training course. All week, she promises to share her impressions of the course with the website Publishing Perspectives.
My favorite statement from Shakhshir’s piece is that “visionary publishers should figure out that if they support children[‘s] literature, at the end of the day it will end up supporting them.”
Shakhshir said the publishers—from around the Arabic-reading world and beyond—generally decried distribution problems and a lack of information.
I look forward to hearing more from Shakhshir about lessons she’s learning that can be applied to children’s publishing, distribution, bookselling, and literacy.
Meanwhile, I believe Al-Salwa founder Taghreed Najjar is in Dubai, giving talks about “How to make the most of the school library,” “Fostering creative writing in the elementary classes,” and “The story as the pivot for classroom activities in the KG.”