Art And Culture

Iran at Muscat, Paris Book Fairs

Iran at Muscat, Paris Book FairsIran at Muscat, Paris Book Fairs

The 21st Muscat International Book Fair was officially inaugurated on February 24 at the Oman International Exhibition Center in the capital Muscat, where Iran is present with 400 titles in different fields.

Iran Cultural Fairs Institute (ICFI), as Iran’s representative at the event, is promoting relations between authors and publishers from the two countries. The ICFI also seeks to invite foreign publishers to participate in the upcoming Tehran International Book fair (TIBF) in May, ISNA reported.

The exhibited books in the Iran pavilion include topics like literature, art, Iranology and children’s books in three languages: Persian, English and Arabic.

In a special book in Arabic, Iranian publishers, publishing houses and literary organizations are introduced and statistics on the local publication is also provided for Arab audiences.

This is the second time ICFI is participating in the Omani event, where it is making efforts to negotiate for the sale of the right to publish books in other countries. Several books published by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) are among the titles whose terms of publishing rights are being discussed.

Holding literary sessions and introducing Iranian art and history are other programs to be held on the sidelines of the book fair.

Oman was the special guest of the TIBF in 2015. The Muscat event will conclude on March 5.

Paris Event

The ICFI will also participate in the upcoming Paris Book Fair, March 17-20.

More than 600 titles on Iranology, ancient literature, modern art and Persian language teaching material among others will be displayed at Iran’s pavilion in an area of 40 sq meters, Mehr News Agency reported.

Notable among the prominent invitees to the pavilion are Ahmad Samiei-Gilani, author and translator and a member of Iran’s Persian Language Academy.

The Iranian pavilion will hold special events on the sidelines including meetings with Iranian and French literary figures, reading session of Iran’s contemporary literature and sessions titled ‘A Novel Perspective to Persian Classical Literature on the Global Scale’ and ‘Nowruz and Iran’s Mythological History’.

The other programs include a meeting on comparative analysis of Persian and French works, poetry recital, calligraphy workshop, Persian classic music performance and a photo gallery about Iran.

The pavilion also will introduce the TIBF and Iran’s print industry. Iran’s embassy in Paris, Book City Institute and Alhoda International Publishers will cooperate with the ICFI in organizing the events.