In the past three years, the US Consulate had been directly involved in hosting the US authors at the festival, sponsoring their travel and stay in the UAE. “We do what we can to promote cultural dialogue between authors from around the world,” Frayne said.
Bonding with book lovers
Incidentally, the US Consulate not just supporting Emirates lit fest, but has been proactive at the Sharjah Book Fair as well. Frayne said: “We have also encouraged many Emirati filmmakers to collaborate with the University of Southern California to learn the art of film production and script writing. We have been instrumental in sending many young and talented Emirati nationals to the US each year for a variety of cultural and educational programmes. During the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai, the US pavilion intends to feature both US and UAE artistes.”
Inspiring people to be creative
Talking about Victoria Montgomery, the author of Digital Goddess: The Unfiltered Lessons of a Female Entrepreneur, Frayne said: “She is one of our authors who is very big on promoting women and women entrepreneurship. That is a big theme with us, as we love to promote women in business and women start-ups.”
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US Authors at the Emirates Festival of Literature, 2021
Allison K. Williams: She is the author of Get Published in Literary Magazines and Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book. She has edited and coached writers to deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, St. Martin’s and independent presses. She has guided essayists to publication in the New Yorker, Time, Guardian, New York Times, McSweeney’s and TED Talks. Allison runs the Rebirth Your Book writing retreats virtually and around the world. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with blogs on craft and the writing life. A former circus performer, Allison has written for NPR, CBC, New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review Online and Travelers’ Tales.
Victoria R. Montgomery Brown: She is the CEO and co-founder of ‘Big Think’, the knowledge company that makes people and companies smarter and faster through short-form video with the world’s best thinkers and doers. Since founding Big Think in 2007, Victoria has built the company from a fledgling thought-leadership media platform to the leading knowledge company for ideas and soft skills. As CEO, Victoria oversees and directs strategy, fundraising, and investor relations. Victoria has a BA from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her book Digital Goddess: The Unfiltered Lessons of a Female Entrepreneur, was published in 2020.
Max Stanton: Born in Botswana, Max Stanton — also known as Max of Arabia — spent his formative years travelling the world with his parents. By the age of seven, he had lived on four continents, and is working on adding more countries to the list of 60+ that he has visited so far. It was through these travels that he was first introduced to, and later fell in love with, the Middle East. Now living in Dubai, Max remains passionate about travel, but has definitely started growing roots. The strong connection that he has with the Gulf is audible in his near fluent grasp of Emirati Arabic, and his fascination with Khaliji culture. Max is a content creator who uses his channels to drive audience interest to the beauty of the region, the Arabic language, promote his passion for charity work and make people laugh and smile.
Original news source Credit: gulfnews.com