31st International Publishers Congress, 9-12 April 2016

31st International Publishers Congress, 9-12 April 2016

Hachette Global CEO, Arnaud Nourry and distinguished novelist, Alaa Al Aswany to speak at 31st International Publishers Congress at The London Book Fair 2016

London/Geneva, October 14 2015: The 31st International Publishers Congress has announced that Arnaud Nourry and Alaa Al Aswany will be key note speakers at the 31st Congress in London in April 2016.

The Congress, which runs from 9-12 April 2016, will take place in London for the second time. It is organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and The London Book Fair. The conference promises debate, analysis and networking at the most senior level across a comprehensive programme curated to address the key policy and practical issues of the day.

The programme, strategically timed to coincide with The London Book Fair, ensures that delegates will have an enriched experience not only of the Congress but also a curated agenda throughout the book fair itself.
Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress.
Arnaud Nourry and Alaa Al Aswany will be speak on Sunday 10 April, part of a day focussing on discussing the business of global publishing. This will be followed by a Gala dinner on Sunday night in the heart of London’s historic palace district. Monday’s Congress programme will look at the wider issues around publishing progress and opportunities in a consumer-led world. Delegates will be given the option for their third day to attend the Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, What Works Education Conference or a more general seminar programme within the book fair itself.

Programme for IPA Congress delegates:

  • Saturday 9 April: Day 1: Networking reception
  • Sunday 10 April: Day 2: Global Publishing Now: The Business
  • Monday 11 April: Day 3: Quantum: Publishing & So Much More
  • Tuesday 12 April: Day 4: The London Book Fair, Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum and What Works: Education Conference (optional)

The International Publishers Congress delegates will also have a VIP experience of the book fair itself as well as the opportunity to attend other seminar sessions, a cocktail reception in Britain’s flagship bookstore and invites to cinema screenings and author events across London.

Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury and President of the IPA said:
“After a spectacular Congress in Bangkok in 2015 we looking forward to our Congress in London. Not only is it my home town and the home of Bloomsbury Publishing. It’s also home to many of the world’s greatest publishing houses. Do join us in Europe’s most multicultural, most global and most vibrant city.”

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair said:
“The world will join together next April in celebrating Shakespeare and Cervantes on the 400th anniversary of their deaths, highlighting the power and endurance of the written word. So it is fitting that the book industry will also gather together in April in Olympia to debate current issues at the 31st International Pubilshers Congress.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming the international publishing community to London next year for what is going to be an exciting, relevant and dynamic Congress.  With policy issues critical to publishing, such as copyright and freedom, to publish under threat, it will provide an important reminder of the vital contribution our industry makes to society, culture and the economy.”

To find out more information and to register www.londonbookfair.co.uk/ipacongress

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Notes to editors:
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 12 -Thursday 14 April 2016

The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it
is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk

The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors.  Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk

The federation of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations with a  membership comprising  more than 60 organisations from more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, IPA represents the interests of the publishing industry in international fora and wherever publishers’ interests are at stake. IPA was founded in 1896 in Paris by the leading publishers at the time. Its initial aim was to ensure that countries throughout the world showed respect for copyright, and properly implemented the (then) new international copyright treaty, the “Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works”. Until today, the promotion and defence of copyright is one of IPA’s main objectives.

Since its foundation, IPA also promotes and defends freedom to publish, a fundamental aspect of the human right to freedom of expression. Likewise, IPA stands for the promotion of literacy and reading, and has always been a meeting place for publishers to network, exchange views and conduct business. As an industry association, IPA also deals with a number of other issues affecting publishers, from book fairs to standard developments. IPA is an accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO) enjoying consultative relations with the United Nations.

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)
Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress. SBA was launched in 2014, through an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

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