IBNA- At a meeting titled “Challenges of the Classic and Contemporary Children and Young Adults Literature”, Russian writer and illustrator Igor Oleynikov said that illustrations in books should prompt children to think and avoid clichés.
According to IBNA correspondent, the meeting which was held in the Opera House of Astrakhan, Russia on Sunday, May 19 was from the series of programs held by International Congress of Literature for Russian Children and Young Adults, with Russian writer and illustrator Igor Oleynikov who has won the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award in attendance.
The meeting was also attended by Galina Zatiyeva, Culture Minister of Astrakhan Province; Vladimir Tolstoy, a cultural advisor to Russian President and Alexander Nabokov, chief editor of a prestigious literature magazine in Moscow as well as representatives from Iran, Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan.
Presenting a report on publishing books in Russia, Nabokov said that in 2018 over 400 million books of children and young adults were printed in that country which in comparison with 2017 shows a minor decline.
The cultural advisor to Russian President expressed his pleasure of the event saying that the interest and satisfaction of people who have attended the meeting will encourage the organizers to carry on. Tolstoy added that although it's the first edition of this congress it shouldn't be the last one.
Head of the Iranian delegation at the International Congress of Literature for Russian Children and Young Adults, Mahdi Ghazli said for his part that in a world that cruelty, war and bloodshed play a more important role than the other issues, writers, like prophets can inspire other people to change the societies into those which are devoid of violence.