İstanbul book fair opens doors for book lovers

The annual İstanbul International Book Fair, Turkey’s largest event of its kind, was opened with a ceremony on Saturday, uniting book lovers with some of their favorite authors and offering them a chance to flip through thousands of new publications.

Romanian literature is under the spotlight in this year’s fair, the 34th edition of the event, slated for Nov. 7-15 at the TUYAP Fair Center in Beylikduzu.

Thousands of people flocked to the fair on its first day. An opening ceremony was held with the attendance of İstanbul Governor Vasip Sahin.

The guest country program takes place during the first four days of the nine-day event. Contemporary authors from Romania, including Mircea Cartarescu, who was put forward by Romania for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Matei Visniec, Dumitru Tepeneag, and Florin Bican, are among the fair’s guest authors.

Guest country events include panel discussions and interviews with Romanian authors, poetry recitals, live music performances and meetings between representatives of the Turkish and Romanian publishing industries.

More than 600 publishers from Turkey and abroad will showcase their titles in the fair, which is billed by the İstanbul-based TUYAP Fair and Exhibition Organization Inc. as the “biggest book fair in Europe in terms of visitor numbers.”

The 34th İstanbul Book Fair is being held under the main theme “Humor: Looking at Life with a Smile,” and accordingly cartoonist Tan Oral will be this year’s “Illustrator of Honor.”

Another highlight not to miss is a special program commemorating the late Turkish satirist Aziz Nesin on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A joint effort between the Nesin Foundation and Nesin Publications, the program will feature a series of panel discussions and talks about the life and work of the author, who died in 1995 aged 79. An exhibition titled “A Life Overflowing: Aziz Nesin 1915-2015,” which was previously displayed this summer in İstanbul, will also be featured throughout the fair.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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