Countdown starts for Istanbul Book Fair
Organized by TÜYAP Fairs in partnership with the Turkish Publishers Association, the 37th International Istanbul Book Fair will be held between Nov. 10 and 18 at the TÜYAP Fair Congress and Convention Center in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district.
More than 800 Turkish and foreign publishers and nongovernmental organizations are expected to take part in the fair, with a host of events, workshops for children, lectures by authors and thousands of autograph sessions bringing writers together with their readers.
The theme of this year’s International Istanbul Book Fair will be “Surrounding Life with Literature,” and the event program has been designed to remind everyone of the significance of literature and books in our lives.
The fair will host a number of literary events featuring Writer of Honor Selim İleri and other distinguished authors as guest speakers.
İleri will be a keynote speaker at the panel discussion titled “Choosing Literature in the 21st Century,” organized by the Notre Dame de Sion Alumni Association. The life, works and literature of İleri will be discussed in several interviews and panel discussions organized by Everest Publishing in association with TÜYAP.
Two panel discussions on “Selim İleri’s Literature” will be held on Nov. 10 and 18.
On Nov. 11, İleri will join actress Türkan Şoray and writer Faruk Şüyün for a session on “My Friend Selim,” and a panel discussion titled “Selim İleri and Future Generations” will be held on Nov. 18.
Atatürk Memorial Day and Atatürk Week
On the occasion of Nov. 10 Atatürk Memorial Day and Atatürk Week, the opening day of the fair will feature a number of events to commemorate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, on his death anniversary at TÜYAP.
Writers İpek Çalışlar and Teyfur Erdoğdu will discuss the book “A Closer Look at Mustafa Kemal Atatürk” in a panel organized by Yapı Kredi Publishing, and Sinan Meydan will give a lecture titled “The Atatürk Effect” hosted by İnkılap Publishing.
Uçanbalık Publishing and Aytül Akal will host an event for young readers titled “Being Atatürk.”
Events for children and young people
The International Istanbul Book Fair features a variety of discussions, recitals and workshops for children and young adults. Readers will be able to meet their favorite authors in autograph sessions, while the workshops held in the Children’s Event Area will be an attraction for young visitors.
The fair will be open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the week and between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the weekend. The fair will close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18. Admission to the fair will be free for students, teachers, pensioners and disabled persons.