Tehran (IP) - The 35th edition of the Tehran International Book Fair was officially inaugurated on Wednesday afternoon at Imam Khomeini Mosalla in Tehran.

Iran PressIran news:  The opening ceremony was held with the presence of the Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mahdi Esmaili, and the officials involved in the event.

Delivering a short speech at the beginning of the ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Head of the 35th edition of the Tehran Book Fair Yaser Ahmadvand said that 2,700 publishers, 100 of them foreign publishers, have participated in the event.

Ahmadvand also said that the event is underway in an area of 150,000 square meters which is a unique record in the world. 

The Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mahdi Esmaili as the next speaker highlighted the administration's emphasis on the promotion of book-reading culture noting that more than 120,000 book licenses have been issued. 

The development of public libraries across the country and the annual growth of readership were among the other points the minister mentioned. 

He also talked about the production of paper for publishing books and growth in this regard, an increase from 5 tons to 130,000 such that there will be no need for wood thanks to the Iranian knowledge-based companies' technologies.  

Palestine's issue and Gaza are planned to have a special place in the international bookfair and different programs will be performed with the presence of academic and cultural figures in commemoration of the Gazan people's resistance and sacrifices. 

Honoring publishers, writers, and translators of works related to Palestine is also another part of the program.

More than 350 programs including technical workshops, panels, unveiling ceremonies, story-telling, literary circles, film critique, etc. are scheduled to be held for the bookfairs' visitors. 

This year, Tehran Bookfair hosts more than 3,000 publishers and booksellers to present their books to the book readers both in physical and virtual sections, with the slogan "Let's Read and Build."


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