Culture Minister’s deputy:
Book Fair helps to elevate reading culture
1 May 2012 16:12
Yahya Talebian, deputy of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance regarded the 25th book fair of Tehran as a sign of consistent zeal for culture, art and reading and elevation of knowledge in the country stressing that it shows cultural authorities’ endeavor to answer public demand for books.
IBNA: In an interview with the public relations of TIBF 25, Talebian said: “Holding the 25th book fair of Tehran is a sign of consistent zeal for culture, art and reading and elevation of knowledge in the country and it shows cultural authorities’ endeavor to answer public demand for books.”
Referring to annual expansion of the book fair he said: “Each year the book fair grows in quantity and is moving from the internal to international levels. Moreover, special programs addressing provincial needs are added to the fair including book review sessions and lectures on the sidelines of the main book fair.”
Talebian added: “However it is necessary to look critically back at the previous editions and take further steps in the light of criticisms, assessments and suggestions.”
He then mentioned the book fair as a great cultural event in the country and added that the book fair is meant to elevate reading culture in the country, yet other positive and negative elements affecting reading should also be studied.
According to him, exchange of cultural data with visitors, introduction of new concepts and seeking lost books would totally create and encouraging atmosphere for the youth.
The 25th Tehran International Book Fair is held from May 2 to 12, 2012 at Tehran's Grand Imam Khomeini Prayer Ground with the motto of "A Quarter of a Century of Cultural Jihad".