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Illustrator of Honor

Press Release                                                                            

September 7, 2015


Organized by TÜYAP Fairs in partnership with the Turkish Publishers Association, the 34th International Istanbul Book Fair will be held between November 7 and 15, 2015 at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center, Büyükçekmece.

Theme and Illustrator of Honor Chosen

The theme for this year's Istanbul Book Fair will be “Humor: Looking at Life with a Smile."  The Fair prepares to host prominent foreign and Turkish writers around the theme.

The Book Fairs Advisory Board named illustrator Tan Oral the Illustrator of Honor of the 34th International Istanbul Book Fair. A number of panel discussions and other events will be held with Tan Oral throughout the fair. TÜYAP will prepare a book and an exhibition on the life and selected works of Illustrator of Honor Tan Oral. Curated by Sadık Karamustafa, the Tan Oral Exhibition will be available for viewing during the fair.

Guest of Honor Romania Arrives with "Words"

Istanbul Book Fair will host Romania as the Guest of Honor. The Romanian booth will be available for visiting in the International Hall for the first 4 days of the fair (November 7th to 10th), and will include all aspects and colors of Romanian literature and culture. Guest of Honor events will include interviews, panel discussions, poetry and music recitals, professional meetings with publishers, and children's events. 

The leading authors of Romania will meet with their readers at the Istanbul Book Fair for four days. Romania prepares to greet Book Fair visitors with a rich event program featuring prominent writers such as Matei Visniec, Dumitru Tepeneag, Mircea Dinescu, Dan Lungu, Octavian Soviany, Carmen Muşat, Daniel Cristea-Enache and Florin Bican.

Sarah Jio in Istanbul Book Fair

Journalist and writer Sarah Jio is frequently featured on the New York Times bestsellers list. The writer is best known for her romantic novels, and her last book is The Book of Love. She has published in 27 countries including Turkey. Sarah Jio as guest of Pena Publications will meet her Turkish readers in Istanbul Book Fair.

Istanbul Book Fair will host international guests as Vassilis Papatheodorou, Yannis Kalpouzos, Manuel Vilas.

Cuisine: "Cook & Book"

After its initial success last year, the "Cuisine" section will be available for the first 4 days of the fair (November 7th to 10th) in the International Hall. The program for the Cuisine will be announced shortly, and will include interactive cooking shows and talks with gourmet writers. Gourmet writers taking part in the Cuisine this year include Ebru Omurcalı, Süleyman Dilsiz, Ömür Akkor, Eyüp Kemal Sevinç, Selin Kutucular, Jale Balcı, Sibel Güngör and Nilgün Tatlı. The leading Romanian writer Mircea Dinescu will hold an event that merges poetry with gastronomy.

Aziz Nesin is 100

The Istanbul Book Fair is also preparing a program to commemorate the 100th birthday of Aziz Nesin together with the Nesin Foundation and Nesin Publishing. The program will include interviews and panels on the literary significance, life and works of Aziz Nesin.  "A Man Larger than Life: Aziz Nesin 1915-2015," an exhibition prepared by the Nesin Foundation in association with curator Işın Önol, will be open throughout the fair to educate viewers on the literature, humor, world view, political stance and legacy of Aziz Nesin.

The 34th International Istanbul Book Fair will be held concurrently with the 25th Istanbul Art Fair-ARTIST 2015.

With regards,





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