Sharjah: The Sharjah Public Library (SPL) will welcome Noura Al Noman, Emirati author of the best-selling Ajwan trilogy and founder of Makhtoota5229, the first Arabic publishing house to focus on science fiction, in an inspiring TEDxSharjahLibraries session titled ‘How Science Fiction Fuels Reality’.
The event will take place at 8 p.m. on November 21 at the headquarters of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).
Al Noman, known for her Arabic sci-fi trilogy Ajwan, Mandan and Saidoneya, will present her unique perspectives on the relationship between theoretical and applied science. The conference will also discuss her journey of writing science fiction literature which won her the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature in the Young Adult Book category.
Eman Bushulaibi, Director of SPL, said: “TEDxSharjahLibraries is a project that embodies our vision of partnering with reputable global brands to showcase inspiring models that the country’s younger generations already admire and inspire them on this unique platform as ‘they continue to shape their dreams and future ambitions.
She added, “TEDxSharjahLibraries is one of our initiatives to strengthen the role of libraries and build bridges with our readers. Today, the role of libraries has shifted from hosting books to providing a comprehensive learning environment that provides a social space for creators, authors and influencers to meet and discuss, in addition to providing the public traditional library services.