IBNA- Head of the 1st Tehran Virtual Book Fair Ayyoub Dehghankar stressed today that this event which will be held on January 20-25 isn’t a substitute for the Tehran International Book Fair.
At the second news conference of the 1st Tehran Virtual Book Fair which was also attended by Deputy Culture Minister Mohsen Javadi and a number of other officials, Dehghankar who is also the director of Iran’s Book and Literature House Institute said The 33rd Tehran International Book Fair which had been scheduled for April 2020 was postponed due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Head of the 1st Tehran Virtual Book Fair stated that 1732 domestic publishers have registered to attend the event. Moreover, 180 foreign publishers which will present 20000 books have registered in the international section of the event.
142 cultural institutes and literary agents will participate at the Right Center, 145 unveiling programs, 20 international and 25 local webinars have been organized and 180 Iranian and foreign experts will make speeches in these online meetings.
He added: “We had simply 4 months to organize the 1st Online Tehran International Book Fair. In the meantime, the routine activities of Iran’s Book and Literature House which has recently formed by merging three institutes have been followed incessantly.”
Earlier this month, the director of the international section of Tehran Virtual Book Fair, Shiva Vakil-Naslian said that publishers from various countries such as Spain, Indonesia, Columbia and Senegal had registered for the event as a number of them will take part for the first time.
“As a key section of fair, the international section helps to establish international relations in the field of books and publishing industry,” she said.
Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) is the top Iranian book event held annually in April in Tehran. The 33rd edition of TIBF was slated to be held in April with Turkey as the guest of honor but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event did not take place.