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Preparations for Tehran Int’l Book Fair

Preparations for Tehran Int’l Book FairPreparations for Tehran Int’l Book Fair

With less than a month left to the start of the 28th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), the first foreign book shipment has entered the grounds.

In cooperation with Iran Customs Administration, the first shipment, weighing about 25 tons, including Arabic books sent from Lebanon was delivered to the custom hall of the fair Sunday (April 5), MNA quoted the deputy director of the fair Amir-Masoud Shahramnia as saying.

“There are 7 more shipments from European countries on the way which will enter the fair after customs formalities,” he said.

The annual international book fair held in Tehran, Iran, TIBF is held in a 135,000m2 venue at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla (prayer ground) this year which is 10,000m2 more than the previous year. It comprises national and international, children’s, and academic exhibitions.

On the preparations of the venue, Shahramnia said almost 70 percent of the stalls have been installed and “publishers will receive their stalls 8 days before the beginning of the fair.”

Based on the initial statistics, over 2700 local and 140 foreign publishers have registered to showcase their titles.

Local and foreign publishers will exhibit the latest publications along with older titles.

The event also provides an opportunity for publishers to discuss future cooperation. The fair features special sections, including the House of Literati that honors prominent Iranian cultural figures from a variety of disciplines.

“Omani, Qatari and Bangladeshi culture ministers will visit the fair slated for May,” Shahramnia noted, adding “director of Bologna Book Fair Roberta Chinni has promised to attend the cultural event as well. Noted foreign writers are also expected to visit. Oman is this year’s special guest.

TIBF is scheduled for May 6-16.