31st Tehran Intl. Book Fair kicks off

TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) – The 31st edition of Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) has kicked off at Imam Khomeini Musalla without the presence of President Rouhani who is ritually in charge of inaugurating the event.

Tehran International Book Fair has turned into a landmark book fair in Middle East and Asia after holding 30 editions in a row. Every year in May, an average of 2,500 domestic and 600 foreign publishers participate in the event. The foreign publishers substantially offer their materials in English or Arabic however titles in French, German, Chinese, Korean or Japanese are also available.

In the TIBF event last year, nearly $38 million worth of books were sold.

The 31st TIBF was inaugurated today at Imam Khomeini Musalla in Tehran in the presence of Iranian Culture Minister Abbas Salehi and Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljević.

Serbia is this year’s Guest of Honor and Tunis is the guest city; publishers from Germany, China, Italy, Oman, Hungary, Austria, Russia and Iraq will have their stands at the book fair.

Iran was the guest of honor at the 61st Belgrade International Book Fair in 2016. 100 Persian titles have so far been translated into the Serbian language. Serbia publishes 7 to 8 million titles each year.

Covering an area of 130,000 square meters, over 2,000 domestic publishers and 132 foreign publications will put as many as 515,000 book titles on display in this year's edition of TIBF.

The 31st edition of the event will officially open to the public on Wednesday and last for two weeks, wrapping up on May 12.

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