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Signals of Hope Cairo Selling Translation Rights

Panel discussion / discussion

In this seminar, our guest speakers will give valuable, practical tips on how to promote your authors to German publishers, covering questions such as: What criteria are decisive for German publishers and programme directors in the acquisition of foreign authors? What helps them to overcome the language barrier? Can translators be important intermediaries? What about literary agents? What should Egyptian publishers bear in mind when they want to sell translation rights to Germany? What does the ideal assessment look like? How important are literary prizes? How important is translation funding?

After the podium discussion, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with the speakers.

Signals of Hope Cairo - Goethe-Institut Ägypten

The online programme Signals of Hope Cairo is being organised by Goethe-Institute Egypt, Frankfurter Buchmesse, Arab Voices, and the EPA with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).



This event takes place in the framework of Signals of Hope Cairo, an online programme of events for Egyptian book professionals from March until July 2021.

- What should publishers be looking out for?

- How do you develop a publisher’s programme?

- What is the secret of success for online book sales? 

- What are the criteria for acquiring foreign authors?

- What inspiring initiatives arose in the publishing industry during the pandemic?

These questions and many more will be covered during the online seminar series “Signals of Hope Cairo” from March – July 2021, including leading guest speakers from Egypt, Germany, and Switzerland. Take advantage of this one-time opportunity to learn about publishing best practices from these three countries. Also participate in live discussions with our experts and help co-create the future of the Egyptian publishing sector! 

Target group: 
publishers, rights and licensing professionals, literary agents, and literary translators 

podium discussion, questions & answers 

English and Arabic with interpreters



Sherif Bakr
Sherif Bakr Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing


Larissa Bender
Larissa Bender Literary Translator
Margit Knapp
Margit Knapp editor for foreign language literature, Rowohlt Verlag
Sheriff Joseph Rizk
Sheriff-Joseph Rizk Publisher, Dar Al Tanweer (Egypt)