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27th International Book Fair in Tehran

Thursday, May 8, 2014

 

The major Iranian book event, the 27th Tehran International Book Fair, kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran last week. A large number of local and foreign publishers are present in the Book Fair this year.

 

 

Many local and international book enthusiasts have flocked to the 27th edition of Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) during only two days after opening gala.

 

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati along with a number of international diplomats attended the opening ceremony.

 

 

“The international book fair is a kind of public diplomacy and a place for cultural exchanges and interactions,” Rouhani stated.

 

 

Some 600 foreign publishers from Germany, France, Turkey, Japan, Lebanon, Syria, China, Qatar, and several other countries have presented about 160,000 of their latest publications at the event.

 

 

While Afghanistan is the guest of honor at this edition of the exhibition, Afghan literary scholars and poetesses held a meeting at the fair on Friday. The event is also to host several meetings on various subjects on the sidelines of the fair.

 

 

Over 2500 domestic and 1700 foreign publishers attend the exhibition and more than 5 million people visit the fair every year. Tehran International Book Fair is annually held as a social and cultural phenomenon with book displays, panel discussions and publishing deals.

 

 

The Fair is considered the most significant event of its kind in Asia and the Middle East and a significant venue for publishers and book lovers to exchange opinions and experiences.

 

 

The 2014 Tehran Book Fair is slated to run until May 10.

 

*Photo Credit: Fars News Agency, ISNA, IRNA

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