IBNA- The 62nd Beirut International Arab Book Fair kicked off yesterday at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL) in downtown Beirut with Iran in attendance.
According to IBNA correspondent quoting from Arabic sources, 245 Arab and foreign publishing institutes from eight countries, including Kuwait, Egypt, Sudan, Oman, Palestine, Iran, and Ukraine have participated in this year’s edition with 170 Lebanese publishers, 75 foreign and Arab publishers including 11 Egyptian publishers.
The annual event is organized by the Arab Cultural Club and the Union of Publishers in Lebanon. Many Publishers and Librarians are participating in the Beirut International Arab Book Fair. The books put on display in this event cover different topics such as fiction, poetry, children and young adults books, economy politics and so forth.
Dozens of programs will be held on the sidelines of the book fair including seminars and lectures on a variety of topics such as fiction and poetry readings along with ceremonies to honor writers.
The book fair will also host many parallel seminars and masterclasses on a wide range of social and political issues, varying from cyber-crimes, transparency, to solutions to Arab conflicts.
To keep up with development and modern technology, the Union of Publishers in Lebanon announced that a mobile application will be launched to enable visitors to search for any book or author participating in the fair.
First launched in 1956, the Beirut International Arab Book Fair has been permanently held even during the Lebanese Civil War and the Zionist regime of Israel’s invasion to the country.