SCRF to host int’l and award winning authors

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Sharjah / Emirates Business

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) in its eighth edition, held from April 20-30, will host a number of international leading and awards winning authors, novelists and artists specialized in children and youth literature. Furthermore, their works led the bestselling list in many of the major international newspapers.
Some of the best writers participating in SCRF is author Alison McGhee. The American writer and Professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, produced a number of novels, poems, picture books and memoirs. Her picture book “Someday” was a #1 New York Times bestseller, while “Shadow Baby” was nominated for Pulitzer Prize. She also won four Minnesota Book Awards and her work has been translated into 21 languages.
The American Award-winning author of young adults fiction Tom McNeal will also attend this edition of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. He will be speaking about best fiction works taking place in northwest Nebraska where he spent his summers after spending his childhood in California. Tom has received three California Book Awards, the James A. Michener Award and won a number of National Book awards. His short story “What Happened to Tully” was made into an award-winning independent film called “Tully”.
From the UK, the Philippines born author Candy Gourlay specialized in children literature will also showcase her work during the festival. Gourlay has won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe twice – for her debut novel “Tall Story” in 2011 and for her ghost story “Shine” in 2014. “Tall Story” was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 prizes, also winning the Philippines’ National Children’s Book Award, while “Shine” was nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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