Palestine and Romania at the Fair
Alongside Russia, the special guest was Palestine, already present in the 2008 programme with its authors and this year at the International Book Fair with its own stand of colours inspired by sand and the desert. Many authors were present at Lingotto, among them Suad Amiry, Mourid Barghouti, Samih al-Qasim, Salman Natour and Ali Al Khalili. With them was Mohammad Ali Taha, Secretary of the Writers Association. “We are very satisfied with the welcome we received from the International Book Fair of Turin”, and we are also pleased about the relationship that was created between the public and our writers at the meetings that were held in this period”. Alasmar added that “Our goal was to make our culture known and we are happy that over these few days new contacts have been made between our authors and some publishers interested in publishing them”.
Romania was also present at the Fair with a large stand in Pavilion 3 presenting 13 authors and organising 12 very successful meetings with the public. “This was the third time that we came to the Fair – the diplomatic counsellor Monica Joita, of the Romanian Institute of Humanistic Culture and Research explained – but this year we proposed the largest stand and ran an important advertising campaign which was a success”. The stand was in fact visited by both Italians and members of Turin’s Romanian community, very interested in the books on show. “The most highly appreciated author was Dan Lungu”, Joita continued, “but all our writers here enjoyed the success that they deserved”. Joita concluded that “Romania is a candidate to be guest country at the International Book Fair of Turin in a forthcoming edition”.