Within Sharjah International Book Fair 2011 activities and in its thirtieth session, in a creative & renewable environment bringing to visitors everything that is new and useful, the exhibition management established a seminar entitled "How do we make our memories deceive us - the search for truth," with the participation of the writers Peter James, Sonatra Gupta, Souad Youseph Said and Mohamed Ahmed Jarallah. The Seminar which witnessed a great & special attendance was held in forum Hall 1 in Expo Centre Sharjah. The Seminar was Introduced and moderated by Mr. Mohammed Al Hosni, who praised the attention of the exhibition to the communication with many cultures and foreign Sciences, in order to select and provide the best each year. As for the Seminars’ attendees, a group of prominent writers of Criminal novels Arabs and foreigners attended, such as Peter James who is considered one of the most important authors of crime and suspense stories in the United Kingdom, & who has sold a more than two million copies of his series of novels, "Roy Grace” in the United Kingdom alone, and six million copies in the world. Author Peter James talked about the style of writing his criminal novels where he seeks through them the disclosure of other aspects of human nature that may be evil or odd, but it does exist. He also discussed the presence of individuals in society that we may deal with every day and believe that they are nice and normal, but in fact they are "criminals," and also spoke about lot of crimes that occur and are committed by these people, which might be strange or shocking but it does exist in our societies, and this is what he saw through his experience in the police escort through their work in the detection of crimes. The writer Sonatra Gupta has expressed great admiration and fond in the crime novels and her love for her specialty in writing around it. Through her novels she always try to address many details about the crime derived from the pure reality, she lists the facts and truth to give the reader a mental image and wider scope of imagination, she also base in her novels to answer the question: "Why the criminal committed the crime?" Writer Souad Youseph Said also shared her experience in detective writing, that was initiated with the competition launched by the General Command of Dubai Police in 2008 for the best detective or criminal story, and her novel "a crime after the middle of the night," won the first prize in the competition. The novel was inspired from a real crime that took place in Dubai, and enriched with some suspense elements added by her. She noted that her involvement in police work and working on various crimes helped her to expand her imagination and create a fictional &interesting events, and her involvement in the awareness work helped her to deliver her ideas to the reader, as well as reading the international police stories, played a vital role in the refinement of her criminal story writing. On the other hand, writer Mohamed Jarallah talked about his novel "The Glove" which was entirely inspired by his imagination, for her worked on hiring its components to clarify the nature of criminal evidence in which the police, specialist & detectives use to discover the offender, such as fingerprints & footprints. "Jarallah" also stressed , “there are many people & it may be the majority, who do not know how to deal with forensic evidence, who also does not know if they run into a particular situation they should maintain such evidence, and said: "In such a situation, many unintentionally damage the Criminal evidence since they have no clue how it actually looks.” So, through his novel "The Glove" "Jarallah" tried to clarify the nature of criminal evidence and how to maintain them.
At the end of the seminar discussion panels were opened among participants and attendees, and some asked critical questions that opened the door to valuable & interesting debates. The most important question addressed to author Peter James was about the perfect crime and that if it really exists, and he answered that “we have not heard about the perfect crime yet not because it doesn’t exist, but we did not know it in the first place.”
It is note-worthy that the activities of the Sharjah International Book Fair will run until November 26, 2011.