Posted on June 25, 2011

Eighty-six Qatar-based authors have set a  record by being included in the world’s largest anthology about fathers that has ever been published. The authors assembled at The Pearl-Qatar yesterday evening during an event that witnessed the largest book signing by co-authors of any anthology in Qatar and the region.

The book, titled My Father, was brought out by My Father initiative, a non-profit project commissioned in 2010, to conduct a series of programmes and events to celebrate the role of fathers in the lives of their children across the world. The project, which saw participation from people in various parts of the world,  led to various activities that kindle the father-child relationship and included a creative writing workshop – in partnership with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publications – for all schools and colleges across Qatar, a photography contest, an Arabic debate – in partnership with QatarDebate and The Pearl-Qatar -  and finally the publishing of My Father, co-authored by 102 people from across the world who wrote true stories about their fathers. This includes 86 stories from Qatar-based authors and four from the Gaza strip from Palestinian children facing war and oppression on a daily basis – collected in partnership with the Al Fakhoora Project.

Supreme Council for Family Affairs secretary-general Noor al-Malki, the chief guest at yesterday’s event, gave away prizes and copies of the book to the authors. She also released the first copy of the book in Qatar by handing it over  to Hungarian ambassador Adrian Macalaru. Participants of various contests received certificates.

The event was attended by the Qatar-based authors, their fathers and families, deans and principals of various participating colleges and schools, representatives of organisations that partnered in the initiative and guests. The event began with a book signing by the 86 Qatar-based co-authors of the book, which made it the single largest book signing ceremony of its kind in the world. The participation of 102 authors from various parts of the world to co-author the book was yet another record,  making it the largest co-authored anthology in the world. It also established a record as the only book in Qatar and anywhere in the world to be co-authored by 86 persons based in a single country.

Grace John was the hostess for the evening. Heba Amin described the various activities that formed a part of the project and Ammar Qamash proposed the concluding note. Rajeev Mathew Thomas, the founder and the team leader of the My Father initiative, expressed his gratitude to all the participants from around the world who had made the project such a success. Another highlight of the evening was that the authors who had their fathers with them in Qatar were requested to receive their copies of the books jointly in order to honour them.

The Pearl-Qatar was the venue sponsor and LuLu Hypermarket was the sponsor for the evening. The book is available for purchase online from with all proceeds from sale of the book being given to charity.

source: Gulf Times