The fair attracted thousands of visitors in its first weekend and the majority were young bookworms, the Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday. The afternoon hours were the most crowded on the fair’s second day, which particularly attracted students accompanied by their parents, Anatolia said.
The TÜYAP İstanbul Book Fair, the largest event of its kind in Turkey, is an eagerly anticipated annual occasion for bookworms to grab the newest books at discount prices and also to see some of their favorite writers and have their books signed. Regular tickets to the fair cost TL 5, but admission is free for students, teachers and retired people, making it more attractive to those demographic segments.
Showcased at this year’s fair are books by some 600 publishing houses and NGOs from Turkey as well as dozens from overseas. Publishing houses, copyright agencies and writers from 40 countries are taking part in the fair’s international section, where the Netherlands is the guest of honor. The fair’s international section, which runs for four days, is wrapping up on Tuesday but the Turkish section will be open until Sunday.
This year’s theme, “My Childhood Is My Homeland -- Children’s and Youth Literature,” was chosen in accordance with the primary focus of Dutch publishing houses, since the majority of books published in Holland are aimed at children and young adults, according to the fair’s organizers, the Turkish Publishers Association (TYB) and the İstanbul-based TÜYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organization, Inc.
In line with the theme, Turkish children’s author Gülten Dayıoğlu is this year’s writer of honor.
Dutch authors attending the fair include historian Erik-Jan Zürcher, journalist Henk Boom, author of “De Grote Turk” (The Great Turk) about Sultan Süleyman, Dutch-based Persian author Kader Abdolah and illustrator Marit Tornqvist. Fifteen publishers represent the Dutch publishing industry at the International Hall, accompanied by a series of events, including panel discussions with Dutch authors, workshops on illustration and an exhibition.
Other overseas guests are international award-winning children’s books illustrator Korky Paul, British horror novelist Jasper Kent, Dutch children’s short story writer Joke Van Leeuwen and Spanish author Javier Sierra.
Publishing houses from Germany, Azerbaijan, India, the UK, Iran, Italy, Spain, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Hungary are the other foreign guests at the fair and they’re hosted in Hall 10. Independent publishers and literary collectives from 24 other countries are also featured at the Literature Across Frontiers stand.
Leading copyright agencies from the US, the Netherlands, the UK, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel and Lebanon are attending the fair, holding talks with their Turkish counterparts to secure copyright deals for books by Turkish authors.
For more information, see www.istanbulbookfair.com.