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International Book Fair opens in Turin, Italy

05-14-2010 10:57 BJT

ROME, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The International Book Fair of Turin opened on Thursday and will last till Monday drawing the participation of world-famous authors, thousands of exhibitors, publishers and librarians from all over the world.

The fair, which falls each May, represents Italy's top cultural festival where writers, students and academics will have an opportunity to discuss the trends and challenges of contemporary literature and poetry. The theme of this year's event is memory and its deep value in today’s chaotic world dominated by technology and Internet.

Both world-famous and emerging authors will attend the fair, held at the Fiat car industry headquarters recently transformed by top-designer Renzo Piano into an innovative exhibition and conference venue.

For the first time Scott Turow, the master of the legal thriller, and the eclectic Belgian writer Amelie Nothomb will be present, together with several young emerging women authors from India.

Over 300,000 visitors are expected by the organizers. There will be dedicated forums and sectors for the exchange of publishing and translation rights, audio-video transposition of literary works and incubators promoting young publishers.

Today, the Turin’s global book fair is considered the biggest bookshop in Italy and the most important cultural platform of the Mediterranean.

It represents a moment of exchange of ideas and multicultural dialogue. People can find best-sellers, all type of novels, the latest publications and even the first editions of ancient, precious historical manuscripts.

A rich program of initiatives will entertain Turin’s visitors: over 1,000 conferences, meetings, debates and shows with more than 2,000 speakers and guests including Nobel prize winners, scientists, philosophers, historians and artists.

"The International Book Fair stands as a showcase where small and mid-range publishers have the same visibility as major brand names and where local publishers can make themselves known outside their area," said a statement by the organizing committee.

This year's finalists of the International Book Fair Prize have already been selected by a jury. They include authors Paul Auster, Carlos Fuentes and Amos Oz. The winner will be chosen by public voting.

A special prize will also be awarded to a protagonist of contemporary culture, the famous linguistic and essayist Tzvetan Todorov.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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