1,000 Turkish books on display at beijing book fair
Nearly 1,000 Turkish books, including novels by well-respected Turkish writers such as Orhan Pamuk, Elif Safak and Buket Uzuner, are now being showcased at this year's Beijing International Book Fair. The fair is marking its 20th edition from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC). Out of the 53,600-square-meter area where all of the books are being showcased, an area of 72 square-meters has been allocated for Turkish books. Among the other eminent Turkish writers whose books are being displayed in the fair are Iskender Pala, Yasar Kemal, Ayşe Kulin, Ahmet Umit, Mehmet Eroglu, Cemil Kavukcu, Turgut Ozakman and Latife Tekin. In addition to these writers' books, other series of works about Turkish art and culture as well as about prominent Turkish personalities who have carved themselves unique places in history are also being featured. The visitors of the fair will also have the chance to see the books published as part of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism's Translation Subvention Program of Turkey (TEDA), which provides funding for the translation of Turkish literary works into other languages when there is interest from abroad. Turkish publishers, distributors and representatives from other sectors will meet with their foreign counterparts in the fair. Five Turkish copyright agencies are now in the fair to hold business talks on publishing with Chinese and foreign agencies. In the meantime, officials from the ministry and representatives from the Turkish National Organizing Committee for International Book Fairs will be evaluating the preparation process for the 32nd TÜYAP International Istanbul Book Fair -- which will feature China as the guest of honor -- and the 2014 Beijing International Book Fair, which is set to host Turkey as the guest of honor.