Emirati Writer Qais Sidiki's Going for Gold Again
It’s an unusual combination all right – authentic Japanese manga illustration and classical Arabic content. And it’s just what award-winning Emirati author Qais Sedki has with his graphic novel Gold Ring 2.
To celebrate the launch of the second volume, which coincided with World Arabic Language Day on 1 March, Qais tried to set a new Guinness World Record for the most number of books signed by one author in a single session. While he fell short of breaking the world record, he did succeed in achieving a new sales record at Kinokuniya Bookstore.
From 3pm to midnight on the day, Qais sold 466 copies of Gold Ring 2, the store’s highest number of launch sales for a single book title since it opened in November 2008. Qais wasn’t disappointed about missing the Guinness World Record either, saying, “The world record was always going to be an ambitious target, but I think our attempt has really helped encourage the Dubai community to want to read the book.” We agree!