By Laman Ismayilova
The 8th Baku International Book Fair has started at Baku Expo
Center, Azernews reports, citing .
Over 60 foreign organizations from over 10 countries, 118 local
publishing houses, and enterprises are represented at the book fair
arranged by the Culture Ministry.
At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov
congratulated all readers on the occasion of a book holiday. He
said that the book fairs have become a tradition in Azerbaijan.
Noting that the book is of human value, he highly appreciated
the holding of such events in the country.
'The books occupy a great place in the acquisition of knowledge
and habits of a person. They associate all human achievements with
the book. It is impossible to imagine the development of human
society without books. Now the book competes for survival in the
electronic world. The Azerbaijani state and society treat science
with great respect. Today, the country's book printing is the
center of the state attention,' said Ali Ahmadov.
He emphasized that thanks to the attention and care of President
Ilham Aliyev, international book fairs and other international
events are organized at a high level in the country.
Speaking at the event, Culture Minister Anar Karimov stressed
the importance of the book fair.
He said that the Baku International Book Fair aims to increase
interest in books and promote a reading culture.
The large-scale event introduces readers to digital innovations
in the field of publishing and supports the development of the book
industry sector and modern literary processes in the country.
The minister noted that the Baku International Book Fair, which
has a 15-year history, is considered one of the country's leading
events, which is welcomed by the society with great interest and
stands out for its large number of participants.
'The difference of the 8th Baku International Book Fair from
other previous years is that it is organized in a larger format. Of
course, the book fair's previous edition was a turning point in the
book industry. Azerbaijan has already formed experience in this
field that meets new world standards. But the difference between
this year's book fair and last year's is that the number of
publishers and the book industry subjects, in general, is almost
30-40 percent higher than last year. For the first time, Turkiye
participates in the book fair in our country as an honorary guest,'
said Anar Karimov.
He also noted that the 8th Baku International Book Fair is
dedicated to the Year of Shusha in Azerbaijan and all constructions
and book products are decorated with the symbols of the cultural
capital. Anar Karimov added that 40 book publishing houses from
Turkiye and 4 publishing houses from Russia, Iran, and Uzbekistan
were invited to the book fair.
In total, over 110 book publishers are expected to participate.
Quite famous guests from Turkiye and other countries have been
invited as well. Among the guests are Ilbar Ortaylı, Fatih Erdogan,
Khasiyet Rustam, and many others.
In his speech, Anar Karimov touched upon the campaign 'Let's go
to Karabakh with a book'.
A campaign 'Let's go to Karabakh with a book' will operate
within the 8th Baku International Book Fair.
Around 93,212 books have been collected so far within the
project, initiated by the Culture Ministry.
'On the last day of the book fair, the organizing committee will
select winners in the nominations 'Best publishing house' and 'Best
book'. The publisher, which provides the release of the best book,
dedicated to Shusha, in terms of content and polygraphy, will be
awarded a Commemorative Badge, established on the occasion of the
270th anniversary of Shusha,' said the minister.
Turkish Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Serdar Cam hailed
the friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Turkiye.
'We constantly exchange partnerships in any field together. In
recent years, a large number of books with different titles have
been published in Turkiye,' said Serdar Cam.
Emphasizing that book fairs unite the past and the present, the
writer and the readers in the same place, the deputy minister
expressed his gratitude to everyone, who contributed to the event
Chairman of the Azerbaijan Writers' Union, People's Writer Anar
Rzayev spoke about the role of the book in the life of society. He
said that books are one of the main concepts at the center of
society, books are culture.
'It is very important to create a love for books in children
from a young age. Research shows that children who read more books
from an early age, as well as children whose parents read more
books, have higher academic achievements later in life. This once
again shows how important books are in our lives as a means of
reading,' he said.
He noted that over 200 events, including master classes for
children and adults, book presentations on inclusion and other
relevant topics, book signing days, conferences, symposia, reading,
and music hours are organized as part of the book fair.
The writer informed the ceremony of events to be held within the
book fair. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism will hold a
series of events for book lovers in Baku. World-famous writers,
historians, scientists, and Turkish actors are taking part in the
The 8th Baku International Book Fair will last until October
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