Iran at Budapest Book Event With 24 Nations
For the first time Iran is participating in the Budapest International Book Festival in Hungary.
The 24th edition of the festival in the Hungarian capital Budapest slated for April 20-23, is presenting a total of 50,000 book titles. The event is hosting 100 writers from 25 countries and 400 Hungarian writers, artists and scientists, IRNA reported.
The guest of honor at the event is Turkish novelist and screenwriter Orhan Pamuk, 64, who received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The festival offers various programs on the sidelines including discussions, book signings, reading sessions, concerts, theater performances and film screenings. Among the special features of the festival is Librarians’ Club, a professional event for librarians.
The festival’s guest-of-honor nations are Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic. The event includes many programs focusing on Slovakian literature and writers.
Norwegian novelist and writer of short stories and children’s books Jostein Gaarder, 64, will be present at the Budapest Book Festival. On April 21, he will hold an “on-stage conversation” attended by Hungarian poet and translator Anna T. Szabo, 44.
On the same day, Gaarder will receive the joint prize of the Municipal Council of Budapest and the Hungarian Publisher’s and Booksellers’ Association. At a mini-conference on Global Warming, he will deliver a lecture titled ‘Ethics for the Future.’
Iran will present 250 titles in Iranology, art, poetry, language learning and children’s literature at its pavilion at the festival.
The 17th round of the European First Novel festival will also be held at the book event, where talented young authors from European Union member-states will be introduced. It is a joint effort of 28 European countries.