First Nationwide Book Fair Opens in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The National Association of Publishers and the Assistance Fund of the Institute of Open Society arranged the first-ever nationwide fair "Book-2000" which opened at the exhibition pavilion of the Avasa Book House on January 25.

The book fair presents over a thousand books published over the last three years. It also features books by Diasporan writers from Lebanon–Syria–the United States–Germany–Iran–Georgia and other countries brought by Deputy Foreign Minister Armen Baiburdian and Head of the Diaspora Department of the Foreign Ministry Jivan Movsissian. The books will be granted to the Foreign Ministry’s library after the exhibition ends.

According to the President of the National Association of Publishers–Vahan Khachatrian–the books presented at a number of international exhibitions are for the first time put on a joint display in Armenia. According to Khachatrian–the Association also plans to organize an international book exhibition in Armenia.

The National Association of Publishers plans to present the best books of the "Book-2000" display at recurrent selling exhibitions to be held in Frankfurt and Leipzig later this year.

Among the books published abroad are not only the works of Diasporan writers but also the works on Armenian studies published in different countries and in different languages–Khachatrian said at a news conference. The books published in Armenia are up for sale–whereas those published abroad are only displayed–as only one copy of each was brought to Armenia.

Khachatrian said that in March–at the "Modern Information Technology" yearly fair to be held in Leipzig–the Armenian publishing houses will present the best-illustrated Armenian book of the year. Khachatrian said that last year the UNESCO German Committee recognized as the best-illustrated book Henrik Igitian’s "The Museum" album illustrated by Vahan Kochar and published by the "Tigran Mets" publishing house. Khachatrian said that the book "presents Armenian painting in the perspective of the century." Khachatrian is not informed of which book will be presented by Armenian publishing houses–as the Assistance Fund of the Institute of Open Society has not yet summarized the results of the contest among the books claiming to be displayed at the fair.

After the news conference–the presentation of Karine Aghabekian’s fourth love-story "The call of love" was held at the conference hall. Like the author’s three previous works–this one was published by the "Gitank" publishing house.

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