Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) will showcase several new adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, running until 2 May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. 

Fakhri Saleh, Head of Arabic Publishing at HBKU Press, said they were excited to debut these new titles at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair this year as they all reflect their mission to empower local talent and focus on the ingenuity of the Qatari and Arab population.

This is a publishing direction that we will continue throughout the coming years as we develop into the publisher of choice in Qatar.’

Qatari author Muneera Saad Al Romaihi follows up her successful debut children’s book, Manal’s World, with the personally inspired story of Angry Majid. The story centres around a middle child named Majid who is constantly surrounded by his annoying, insulting and demanding siblings.

Another newly released tale on Qatari heritage, written by Qatari author Kaltham Ali al Ghanim and beautifully illustrated by Ibtihaj Al-Harthi, is Ghosoun and Her Brother the Gazelle. The book tells the story of a brother and sister who embark on a mysterious journey away from their home.

Fans of the award-winning translator Saleh Almani should be sure to pick up his latest translated work Games of the Late Age, written by Spanish author Luis Landero about an ordinary middle-aged clerk, Gregorio, who got thoroughly immersed in his lies.

In the non-fiction genre, Poor Economics, translated by Anwar Al-Shamy, highlights 15 years of research by authors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo. The book takes a look at the behaviour of poor people around the world, their needs and the way that aid or financial investment affect their lives.

Another new non-fiction title, Science and Islam, written by Ehsan Masood and translated by Ayham Al-Sabbagh, tells the story of one of history’s most misunderstood yet rich and fertile periods in science: the Islamic scientific revolution between 700 and 1400 AD. The stories, written in a compelling narrative, will take the reader on a journey through the Islamic empires of the Middle Ages, and their contributions to science in Western Europe. The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair opens everyday from 9 am to 10 pm. Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press is located in booth 10G35.

For more information, log on to their website at hbkupress.com.