There is something for everyone at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) booth at this year’s Doha International Book Fair. Located at booth B48 in the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, HBKU Press showcases a variety of titles that appeal to readers young and old and to those interested in literature or academics. Whatever your interest may be, HBKU Press will surely have a title for you.

Teach with words; love with books

Children will be delighted with our wide selection of unique local and international titles. Qatari author Muneera Saad Al Romaihi’s children’s book, Manal’s World, tells a whimsical tale of an imaginative, wheelchair–bound girl who doesn’t let her disability stop her from making friends and playing like any other child. The title character of the story, Manal, helps out another lonely girl by extending to her the hand of friendship, proving that being compassionate and kind can bridge the gap between apparent differences between children.

Manal’s World and several other children’s titles are also available for your little ones to enjoy electronically, with tablets available featuring the books that bring the characters to life and allow kids to read interactively.

HBKU Press will also release local Qatari author Abdulaziz Al Mahmoud’s debut children’s graphic novel, Arhama which tells the story of the famous young adventurer who refuses to attend school, thinking that he can be the greatest sailor alive using only his talent. Full of adventure and colorful illustrations, don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet the author and get your signed copy of Arhama from the HBKU Press booth on Thursday, 8 December from 7 – 8 pm.

Another debut children’s title is Fatima and the Dream Thief, a beautifully illustrated children’s book written by Rafik Schami. The story outlines poor Fatima’s quest to avenge her brother who goes out into the world to look for work to support his poor family, only to return home, sad and hopeless, with his dreams stolen.

Children can satisfy their curiosity about the world around them with a variety of academic tiles at the HBKU Press booth. Learn all about Qatar with The Qatar Natural Explorer Box Set. The collection of six books highlights the unique biodiversity of the country with a special focus on Qatar’s local mammals, birds, sea animals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, and plants. The books are sold as a set or separately and make the perfect gift for the aspiring biologist in your life.

And the award goes to…

Get your hands on the novel that took the Arab world by storm: The Bamboo Stalk by Kuwaiti author, Saud Alsanousi. The Bamboo Stalk confronts the universal problems of identity, race and religion through the narrative of the endearing protagonist, José, a young man with a Filipino face, a Kuwaiti passport, an Arab surname and a Christian first name. This ambitious and brave novel won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2013.

Mah and Me, a tender children’s story written and illustrated by Ibtihaj Al Harthi, won Best Story from the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, the Arab World’s premier children’s literature prize. The story is seen through the eyes of a grandson, Azzan, who is faced with the reality of life and death when he has to say goodbye to his beloved grandma. With the gentle guidance of his mother, Azzan must understand what it means to lose a loved one and how to come to terms with loss.

Souls on Kilimanjaro by Ibrahim Nasrallah, HBKU Press’s most recent award winner, was awarded the Katara Prize for Fiction in October 2016, beating out several other prominent works for the prize. The story is based on the real-life excursion of an unlikely group of teenagers from different parts of the world, two of whom are Palestinian amputees, who overcome the odds to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. It is an inspiring account of characters who test the limits of their physical and emotional strength to prove to themselves and others that they can transcend their strife-ridden histories and start a new, unburdened life.

Something for everyone

From classic love stories revamped for today’s modern world and love stories set among a chaotic backdrop; from fictional novels commenting on society’s idealistic follies to the non-fictional autobiography of an insightful figure in Qatar’s society, HBKU Press has over a hundred titles to choose from.

Renowned Young Adult author Eissa Abdullah puts a modern-day twist on the classic Cinderella tale in Kawadi Thorns. It tells the story of thoughtful, young Reem who delights in her life with her parents and, in turn, delights them with her presence. But life has many surprises in store for her and, before she knows it, she has lost her parents and is left at the mercy of her stepmother and stepsisters.

In another loves story, Lila Tahas’ Bitter Almonds follows the story of Omar, an orphaned Palestinian born into chaos and Nadia, a girl on the cusp of womanhood struggling with the realities of living in a refugee community in Damascus. Bitter Almonds is a moving and compelling story about displacement and exile, family duty and honor and the universal feelings of love and loss.

Jamal Naji will debut his latest novel What Price Paradise? at HBKU Press’s booth this year. The novel, which is an expansive and gripping story of coming of age, defiance, and the struggle to understand a world dominated by crumbling Arab regimes, reads like a police thriller and is simply Impossible to put down.

HE Cultural Advisor to His Highness the Emir, Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari’s book titled The Global Majlis encompasses his multifaceted lifetime experiences as Qatar’s Minister of Culture, policy-maker, media advocacy, apartheid, the Non-Aligned Movement and as Qatar’s ambassador to countries in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, long tenures in international bodies such as the UNESCO and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. The autobiography explores communication, dialogue, talks between individuals, community, the state and the wider regional and international forum.

The Doha International Book Fair 2016 opens daily from 9 am to 10 pm, and on Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm. Hamad bin Khalifa University Press is located in booth (B48).

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