Authors meet readers in International Eurasia Book Fair

By Musa Alcan </p> <p>ISTANBUL (AA) – Several authors met with booklovers in the first International Eurasia Book Fair opened on Saturday in Istanbul.</p> <p>The festival, of which Anadolu Agency is the global communication partner, is supported by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry, Ministry of National Education, Turkish broadcaster TRT and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p>Historian Erhan Afyoncu, Iskender Pala, Ustun Inanc and Gurbuz Azak were among the authors who attended the fair. </p> <p>&quot;I loved this place. I think it will better off over time,&quot; Inanc, one of the authors, told Anadolu Agency.</p> <p>Azak, another writer, said such fairs are newly enriched and that they are “extremely useful”.</p> <p>The first edition of International Eurasia Book Fair will host more than 200 publishing houses from 70 countries.

The nine-day fair being held under the theme A Long Story will host more than 100 writers.

Alaturka Gazetesi

International book fair kicks off in Istanbul

By Musa Alcan

ISTANBUL (AA) – The 37th International Istanbul Book Fair kicked off on Saturday.

Organized by TUYAP Fairs in partnership with the Turkish Publishers Association, the fair opened with the theme “Surrounding Life with Literature “.

Around 800 national and international publishers and non-governmental organizations attend the fair which includes 300 programs of panels, interviews, poetry and children's workshops during the nine-day long exhibitions.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the fair, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said the International Istanbul Book Fair is one of the world's leading fairs.

Yerlikaya said that work has been started to increase the number of participants of the fair to 1.5 million and added this could be achieved with the cooperation of municipalities, NGOs and the Governorate.

TUYAP Culture Fairs General Coordinator Deniz Kavukcuoglu said participation of 742,000 people was registered in the last year’s fair.

The Writer of Honor of this year's fair Selim Ileri and Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Ahmet Haluk Dursun also attended the ceremony.

Anadolu Agency — who is a global communication partner of the Book Fair — has also set up a stall at the fair.

The stall presents the agency’s books such as “Turkey’s Security Strategy”, “Reporter”, “Turkey from the Sky” and “Istanbul Photo Awards Albums “.

Another important book “Africa Rising ” consists of in-depth country analyses, interesting visuals and offers new perspectives.

Titled “Trump and the Global System “, the book is also presented at the stall which narrates effects of Trump's regional and global policies and analyzes Turkish-American relations.

The agency`s Almanacs of 2011, 2014 and 2016 are also put at the stall.

At this year’s fair, the Turkey Publishers Association organized an event for the first time where 35 publishers and 64 illustrators will meet.

Different events will be organized in the fair especially for young people.

The book fair will continue through Nov.18 at the TUYAP Fair Congress and Convention Center in Istanbul's Buyukcekmece district.

Alaturka Gazetesi

Turkey: Harvest of books catches bibliophiles' eyes

By Ibrahim Aktas

KOCAELI, Turkey (AA) – Some 20,000 books hung on trees, including international classics, quickly caught the eye of book lovers in northwestern Turkey.

The municipality of the city of Kocaeli organized the book bonanza in order to drum up interest in the 10th Kocaeli Book Fair set for Saturday.

Dozens of people, particularly students, flocked to Hurriyet and Cumhuriyet streets in the city’s Izmit district to harvest the unexpected bounty of books.

“I’m very happy to see the huge interest in books in our city. Young peole, mothers, and grandfathers, we’re all together here,” Ibrahim Karaosmanoglu, the city’s mayor, told Anadolu Agency.

Describing books as “civilization,” Karaosmanoglu said: “I'm sure the interest in the books will rise with each passing day.”

The 20,000 books, free for the taking, were collected by locals in short order.

Alaturka Gazetesi

Istanbul book fair kicks off

By Musa Alcan

ISTANBUL (AA) – An international book fair kicked off in Istanbul on Saturday with the participation of Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmus and city Governor Vasip Sahin.

The CNR Book Fair, which is being held for the fifth time this year, is hosting more than 1,200 cultural events and famous writers till March 18, in Yesilkoy district on the European side of the city.

Anadolu Agency is the global communications partner of the event, which is expected to bring together 350 publishing houses from Turkey and 19 other countries.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, CNR Holding General Coordinator Cem Senel said the main theme of this year's fair is “Read “.

“We think that reading and contributing to reading is the most important issue for developed societies, ” Senel said.

The event is expected to attract around 450,000 book lovers.

Alaturka Gazetesi

Books and trains share journey in Istanbul

By Humeyra Atilgan Buyukovali

ISTANBUL (AA) – Both books and trains represent acts of traveling from a departure point to a destination, says a poet attending Istanbul’s book fair held for the first time at the city’s historic Haydarpasa Railway Station.

“Right over there is the history itself: Haydarpasa train station – the place that has been the topic of literature and art many times,” says Sezai Sarioglu, author and poet, whose books are published by Komsu-Yasakmeyve Publishing.

Sitting in front of a carriage of an old train, Sarioglu says the railway station is “now an authentic place where history comes together with the contemporary.”

He is one of over 500 authors and poets at the fair organized by the municipality of Kadikoy, a district on Istanbul’s Asian side.

The five-day fair, which started on Wednesday, will host nearly 100 publishing houses on the railway platforms.

The event is expected to bring together thousands of book lovers with their favorite authors.

“This meeting is so meaningful,” says Aleksis Kambures, 33, from Greece. “Because, trains are means of transportation that take people away to different places, just like books, which also take people to distant lands.”

Kambures has been living in Istanbul for six years and working as a volunteer at Istos publishing house.

“It is rare to see a book fair held in such a historic place,” he says.

Inside a passenger car are seven-year-old students from a primary school, each, in a seat, reading a book.

“I love reading, and I love trains,” says Zeynep Ozturk, adding she has traveled by train many times before, or was it with the subway..?

“I wish the idea had been thought of much earlier,” sighs Ufuk Kaan Altin, author and one of the founders of Mylos – a boutique publishing house in Istanbul.

“Journey is one of the main themes in literature; both physical and inner. We can see the two here,” he says.

Complaining that most of the other book fairs have practically become strictly commercial venues, the author hopes that the event at Haydarpasa will become tradition.

The poet Sarioglu agrees, saying book fairs organized in large culture centers are “modern and industrial” and not warm enough in terms of atmosphere, thus limiting interactions with the readers.

“There should be a poetical side to the venue. We can see it here at Haydarpasa.”

A middle aged housewife, Ayla Guclu, points out that the fair being at the railway station is good “also because it is located in the city center” of the city.

“Haydarpasa can be protected with cultural events like this,” she says opposing any possible plans of turning the historic place into a hotel or other.

Haydarpasa was built 106 years ago during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II. It has long stood as the symbolic gateway to the city on the Asian side near the Bosphorus.

In 2010, a fire severely damaged the central and northern parts of the Haydarpasa station’s roof. Restoration of the building immediately followed.

The station, operated by the General Directorate of Turkish State Railways, was then closed in January 2012 to allow for the construction of a high-speed line between Istanbul and Ankara.

Since then, there have been claims that the historic building — in an area of around 92,000 square meters — will be turned into a luxury hotel, or a shopping mall.

Locals have repeatedly reiterated that any restoration project that includes additional construction to the historical building would be denied.

They do not want the new projects to harm the historic nature of the building.

“Now, the abandoned station is home to one of the best activities in the city,” says university student Nazli Badak, 23, responsible for stalls of Iletisim publishing house at the event.

“You feel completely free here with the trains and books in the open air – unlike the boring nature of indoor activities.”

The book fair will be open until Sunday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. There is no entrance fee.