LAF director Alexandra Büchler attends the 32nd SIBF as a speaker in the two-day Professional Programme which precedes the opening of the fair. The panel on the obstacles and challenges of translation, chaired by translator and academic Adam Talib, discusses translation in all fields, including literature and science. In 2013, the book fair celebrates its third year of offering translation grants to publishers attending the fair. The Translation Grant scheme is a Sharjah Government initiative that funds the translation of books by regional and international publishers. In 2011, 78 books ranging from fiction to history and including children’s books were selected from among 200 submitted applications.