Publish Date : Monday 8 October 2012 - 10:28
The latest cultural headlines in the media.
Iranian publisher to offer children’s war novels at Frankfurt Book Fair 

Tehran Times: Iran’s Elmi Farhangi Publishing Company plans to offer two children’s books narrating stories about the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which is known in Iran as the Sacred Defense, at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
“If Only I Were a Bit Older” written by Akbar Sahraii and “If I Were a Pilot” authored by Ahmad Akbarpur, both have been translated into English by Sofia Koutlaki, author of “Among the Iranians”, the publisher announced in press release on Sunday.
In addition, the novels were named the Sacred Defense Book of the Year in the children’s book category in 2007 and 2008. “If Only I Were a Bit Older” had also received an award at a festival organized by the Qom Seminary.
Koutlaki is an independent researcher and writer, born in Athens, but equally at home in Iran, Britain and Greece.
She has written “Among the Iranians” about Iran’s culture and customs based on a mix of personal observation and intercultural theory. The book was released by Nicholas Brealey Publishing in April 2010.
Iran will also utilize the Frankfurt Book Fair to express its anger over “Innocence of Muslims”, an amateurish film which was produced in the United States and was insulting to Prophet Muhammad (S).
Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance plans to set up a section at the book fair to offer books on Prophet Muhammad (S) in a response to the film.
The world’s largest trade fair for books, the Frankfurt Book Fair will be held from October 10 to 14.
Iranian Quran memorizer Behzad Hojabri to compete in Moscow competition 

Tehran Times: Iranian memorizer Behzad Hojabri is scheduled to compete in the 13th Moscow International Quran Reciting Competition, Iran’s State Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization announced in a press release on Sunday.
Organized by the Russian Mufties’ Council, the competition will be held on October 14 and 15.
The competition is open to memorizers in the 15 to 35 age range.
Hojabri has received several accolades in international events.
Iranian memorizer Peyman Ayazi received the fifth prize at the International Quran Reciting Competition in 2011.
IIDCYA to Offer New Publications in Frankfurt 

Iran Daily: Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) plans to offer its latest publications at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
About 150 of IIDCYA’s books will be put on sale at the event, which is the world’s largest book fair, IIDCYA announced in a press release.
The institute also plans to hold talks with some foreign publishers to obtain the copyrights of their book, Mehr News Agency said.
In addition, it has arranged many appointments with several publishers to sell them the copyrights of its books.
The IIDCYA was established in 1966 to promote children’s creativity and art education. The institute also provides all types of books and artworks for children and young adults to enrich their leisure time.
The Frankfurt Book Fair will be held from October 10-14.
Over 7000 international exhibitors and diverse new customer groups will take part in this year’s fair, which scheduled to hold more than 3,200 events.
Among its many activities, the Frankfurt Academy is hosting four conferences to help international publishers find their way in the digital world.
Book Features Iran’s Post-Revolution Cinema 

Iran Daily: A Spanish publisher is scheduled to print a book on Iranian cinema after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
An Iranian translator is currently making the usual preparations for publishing ‘The Iranian Cinema after the Revolution’, which is commissioned by the Iranian Cultural Office in Madrid, Najmeh Shobeiri told Mehr News Agency.
The book has been compiled by the Spanish cinema expert Clara Janet Santos Martinez.
Shobeiri said that this is the first Spanish book that puts the spotlight on Iranian cinema.
No name was mentioned for the Spanish publishing company.
The 212-page book gives a briefs description of the history of the Iranian cinema. Among the subjects discussed in the book are theme music and the role of women in the development of the Iranian cinema.
The book, which will be published in the near future, also carries the article ‘Iranian Cinema Finding Its Own Place’ written by Santos.
It also contains three articles by Iranian critics and several other articles by Spanish authors.
Santos was the secretary of an Iranian film festival held at Iran’s Cultural Office in Madrid in March 2012.
Cultural Minister Calls for Qur’anic Publications 

Iran Daily: Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini stressed the need for publication of Qur’anic teachings by all state and private organizations.
“I am proud to say that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance functions as the coordinator of organizations and foundations arranging the Qur’an international fair,” said Hosseini in a ceremony to praise organizers and managers of the 20th Qur’an international fair, according to IBNA.
“The Quran fair provides an opportunity for individuals to get to read and understand the verses. By holding the fair, dissemination of the holy book expands in the country,” he said.
Elsewhere in his address, Hosseini called on all Qur’anic researchers and scholars to present their findings in the future editions of the fair which is regarded as a proper opportunity for displaying new Qur’anic ideas and innovations.
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