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Monday, 16 November 2009 06:00

The 17th edition of Iran’s Book Week opened here on Saturday at the venue of the Iran National Library and Archives .

Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini, (INLA) Director Ali-Akbar Ash’ari and several cultural figures attended the opening ceremony.

Minister Hosseini regarded the week as an opportunity to promote Iranian culture and said that the world is impatient for the active participation of the Iranian nation. Ash’ari who was recently in South Africa said, “On

most of my trips I personally felt the need of foreign countries to better get to know the culture of Iran and I think our publishers must consider their foreign readers in their publications as well.” “The real image of Iran is not known in the world and we need to be more active in introducing our culture,” he remarked. The ceremony ended with tributes payed to several top publishers of the previous year. Several other programs are arranged on the side section of book week. Book reading competition, book celebration, introducing new publications, honoring best publishers as well as donating books to schools are among the side-section programs. In addition, over 50 book fairs are arranged during the week in several small towns of Tehran Province. Also included in the week-long program is a project to name one of Tehran’s streets “Book”. The idea was initiated by the Art and Culture Organization of Tehran Municipality. International marketing of books is another side program arranged for the week. The third day of the week is named “Iran’s Book Day in the World and Boosting International Publications” which will be taking place in several countries.

The programs planned for this day include introducing several new books, holding book fairs in Armenia and Azerbaijan Republic as well as in several Iranian cultural offices in other countries. Conferences on Armenian literature, Persian writers of Persian-speaking countries, and sessions on removing obstacles in the way of publishing and observing copyrights are also arranged for this day.

Curtsey:Mehr News Agency

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