First book fair opens in Amuda city, al-Hasakah

Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Nouha Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: October 14, 2018, 10:29:05 AM wire ART & CULTURE Culture

Al-Hasakah - SMART

The first book fair in the city Amuda, which is located 70 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria, opens in honor of the writer Tawfik al-Husseini.

Kordyar Drei, a member of the book fair's preparatory commission, reported that it will open on Saturday and continue until Sunday. The first day is dedicated to the opening ceremony and the speeches of organizers and guests, while the second day will be dedicated to an open debate about the importance and influence of book fair events.

Drei added that the fair will display dozens of titles, saying that the Schiller publishing house participated with 100 books, while the al-Zahraa Library participated with more than 150 books.

The Kurd Union in Syria, the Union of al-Jazeera Intellectuals, the Union of Kurdistan Intellectuals, the al-Zahraa Office, Malekat al-Mustaqbal, Shob Darin Roji, and the Takwin publishing house from Damscus participated in the book fair.

Marwan Sheikhi, a poet and the vice-president of the Kurd Union's Writers Union, said that writers in al-Hasakah face several difficulties, such as the high cost of printing due to the war, the spread of online literature, and the people's lack of interest in buying books.

Sheiki invited representatives of the Autonomous Administration and Writers Union to support intellectual events.

The writer Tawfik al-Husseini was born in the village of Muzan in Amuda and died when he was 80 years old, on January 18, 2018. Al-Husseini graduated from Homs University with a translation degree, and translated more than 50 books during his career, which started in 1959. His translations include the plays of George Bernard Shaw, the stories of Aziz Nesin, and Kurdish, Arabic and English dictionaries.

Earlier, the Culture Committee of the Autonomous Administration held the second Osman Sabri literature festival in the city of al-Qamishli.

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