Turkish publishers in London ahead of Market Focus turn

April 16, 2012, Monday/ 16:48:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Turkey’s publishing industry is making a leap towards the English-speaking world this week at the prestigious London Book Fair, whose 41st edition opened Monday in the British capital.

Twenty publishing houses, seven copyright agencies, representatives of professional unions in Turkey’s publishing industry and officials from the Culture and Tourism Ministry are currently in London in what can be billed as a preparatory step for Turkey’s tenure as the Market Focus country for the 2013 fair.

The 2012 London Book Fair runs April 16-18 with China as its Market Focus country. Turkey will be taking over the Market Focus title from China on the last day of this year’s fair, the Anatolia news agency reported Sunday.

A total of 2,000 recent titles are being displayed at the 230-square-meter Turkish pavilion at this year’s event. The 2012 fair, apart from promoting Turkish literature in the UK and helping to strike copyright deals with UK publishers, will also serve as the platform at which the details of next year’s Market Focus program will be decided.

Bestselling Turkish author Hakan Günday was in London on Monday to give a talk as part of the fair as a guest of the Turkish organizing committee. He is also expected to talk on Wednesday at the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center in London.

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