32nd International Istanbul Book Fair kicks off

The 32nd International Istanbul Book Fair will welcome 650 publishers and scores of others starting Nov. 2 for eight days of book-related activities at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center in Büyükçekmece.

Historian and academic Taner Timur has been named the writer of honor for this year’s fair, which is being organized around the theme of “History: The Future in the Past.” A number of panel discussions and other events will be held with Timur throughout the fair, and TÜYAP will prepare a book and an exhibition on the life and selected works of the author.

China will be the country of honor for the event at the International Hall between Nov. 2 and 5. More than 100 publishers from China will be featured in the fair, and events will be held with prominent names in Chinese literature. At the same time, representatives from the country’s publishing industry will meet with publishers from Turkey to explore business opportunities. Events organized by the people’s republic will include interviews, panel discussions, calligraphy workshops, professional meetings and an exhibition.

The international section in Hall 12 will host 200 publishers, copyright agencies and publishers’ associations from 40 countries.

The fair will dedicate a hall to the rapidly emerging digital publishing industry, where e-books and new applications will be showcased to readers. Meanwhile, the forum section within the hall will introduce recent developments and innovations in the industry.

Another new section in the book fair will be the Education and Reference Books Hall, which is specifically aimed at students preparing for nationwide exams.

The 32nd International Istanbul Book Fair will be open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the week and between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the weekend.

The fair will be held concurrently with the 23rd Istanbul Art Fair-ARTIST 2013.

More info at www.istanbulbookfair.com

Author: istanbul

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