International book fair held in Istanbul

22/12/2011

The recent TUYAP fair hosted nearly 600 publishers at a book fair in Istanbul.

Cigdem Bugdayci for Southeast European Times in Istanbul -- 22/12/11

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Istanbul hosted the 30th annual book fair. [Cigdem Bugdayci/SETimes]

Organised by the TUYAP Fair and Exhibition Organization in partnership with the Turkish Publishers Association, the 30th International Istanbul Book Fair was held in November at the TUYAP Fair and Convention Center in Istanbul. It hosted up to 600 publishing houses, NGOs and 197 activities and several hundred autograph sessions.

The culture ministers from Turkey and Egypt have conducted the opening ceremony, where publishers, editing agencies and guest writers from 35 different countries took part. With the title "international" for the first time, this year's theme was Hope: Dream or Reality.

This year, the honoured guest country was Egypt. Almost 25 publishers from Egypt attended the book fair. Events took place around a variety of subjects -- from cinema to literature, and cultural history, along with interviews with guest writers, and book signing sessions.

Famous Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz' 100th birthday was commemorated at a panel discussion. The honoured writer at the book fair was the well-known Turkish author Ferit Edgu.

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Held in a huge exhibition centre, thousands of people visited the fair despite its relatively distant location from the city centre.

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