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Bloomsbury partners with Arabic publishers Kalimat

Bloomsbury will partner with Arabic publisher the Kalimat Group in an exchange that will see the two publishers release a number of books in translation from each other’s list every year, reports the Bookseller. Kalimat Group, which comprises Arabic children’s book publisher Kalimat, adult and young adult fiction publisher Rewayat and Arabic-language education initiative Horouf, will publish 10 Arabic translations of Bloomsbury’s list in 2016, and Bloomsbury will publish the same amount from Kalimat’s list in English translation. The books published will span children’s fiction and nonfiction, YA and adult fiction. Bloomsbury executive director Richard Charkin said the new venture ‘is a way of bringing cultures together,’ citing a ‘greater need than ever for the transfer of cultural and intellectual information between languages’. Kalimat Group founder and CEO Bodour Al Qasimi said the new partnership aims to ‘reach a greater number of readers and allow us to spread knowledge about our unique heritage to a new markets’. ‘This agreement will also open up global culture to children in the Gulf region,’ she said. ‘By translating a range of Bloomsbury’s publications into Arabic, we will create a new channel for intercultural exchange and help young people in our region better appreciate and understand societies outside their own.’


Category: International news