By Sam Bridge
TV show host Steve Harvey has been announced as the principal guest of honour at Sharjah International Book Fair
An entertainer, dubbed the busiest man in Hollywood, has been announced as the principal guest of honour at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2019).
US TV show host Steve Harvey is slated to speak at the fair’s 38th edition on October 31 during the event which takes place from October 30 to November 9.
Sharjah International Book Fair organiser, Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), said it has coined the special title as a homage to the global cultural icon as the emirate celebrates its appointment as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2019.
The entertainer, businessman, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author will engage with the UAE’s children and youth on the second day of the fair.
Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, SBA chairman, said: “We look forward to receiving Steve Harvey in Sharjah, and are delighted to bring to the UAE’s audience one of the most inspiring voices of our times.
"As the World Book Capital 2019, we are bolstering a variety of efforts to unite the UAE’s 200 nationalities, especially children and youth, through books and by learning from the diverse experiences of people around the world. Harvey’s participation as principal guest of honour adds significant value to the fair’s offerings this year. His fascinating anecdotes and wit will surely charm our visitors.”
Harvey added: “I’m honoured to be at SIBF 2019, surrounded by such incredible authors and readers. This important international book fair, and the many events surrounding it, provide a positive, diverse learning environment and a place where people can connect to pursue their passions and interests. I look forward to be surrounded by the creativity and inspiration of one of my great passions, literature.
Harvey currently hosts the iconic game show Family Feud and its spinoff Celebrity Family Feud. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, is the most listened to morning show in America. Additionally, Harvey hosts Miss Universe and Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live.
He began his career doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s.
In 2017, he launched Steve Harvey Global (SHG), uniting his various businesses under one roof while his philanthropic efforts are coordinated through the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation.