ALGIERS- Several Algerian publishing houses is to participate in the Paris Book Fair (March 24-27) and the International Book Fair of Tunis (March 24 - April 2), the director general of the National Firm of Graphic Arts, Hamidou Messaoudi, has said.
A total of 42 Algerian publishing houses will take part in the Paris book fair with 800 titles, while 39 publishers will participate in the international book fair of Tunis with 1000 titres, according to Messaoudi.
The organizers of the 37th Paris book fair, to bring together 1200 publishers from 50 countries, have scheduled many lectures and debates as well as cartoon exhibitions.
Algerian writer Kamel Daoud, Syrian historian Farouk Mardam Bey, Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne and American novelist Louise Erdich are among the special guests of the literary event.
The 33th international book fair of Tunis, to be held under the theme "We Read to Live Twice," will feature more than 700 publishing houses from 29 countries, Including Syria, Sultanat of Oman, the United States, Great Britain and Algeria.
PARIS- The city of Constantine was honoured at Paris Book Fair, opened Wednesday evening by French President François Hollande.
As part of the event “Constantine, Capital of Arab Culture 2015,” the special guest, also participating as the representative of the Algerian culture and literature, benefits from a special visibility (200 m2) in this major event, created in 1981.
During his visit to the Algerian pavilion which groups together 43 Algerian publishers, François Hollande said he was pleased to see one of the world’s oldest cities and the most important in the Mediterranean history participating in this fair which aims at receiving 200,000 visitors in three days.
At the end of his visit, two books were offered to President Hollande, one entitled “Fantasia” by Leila Boutamine Ould Ali and the other “Constantine, la cité des aigles, les mille et un noms” (Constantine, the city of eagles, the thousand and one names” by Abdelmadjid Merdaci.
The commissioner of the event “Constantine, Capital of the Arab Culture 2015,” Sami Bencheikh told APS that this participation is “the crowning” of all the activities which took place since 16 April 2015, the date of the beginning of this event.
ALGIERS- The province of Constantine will be the special guest of the upcoming Paris Book Fair (17-20 March), in favour of an agreement signed Monday, in Algiers, between the organizers of the fair and the National Company for Graphic Arts (ENAG).
The president of the French Publishers Association and co-organizer of the Paris Book Fair, Vincent Montagne, and the CEO of the National Company for Graphic Arts, Hamidou Messaoudi signed an agreement foreseeing the invitation, to France, of about twenty Algerian authors published in Algeria on the occasion of the “Constantine, capital of Arab Culture 2015” event.
The invitation of these authors, whose name is not specified, follows the proposal made in October 2015 by the French side at the Algiers International Book Fair (SILA) of which France was the guest of honour, said Montagne.
The agreement which aims at “strengthening cultural exchanges” between Algeria and France, as Messaoudi said, was signed in the presence of the minister of Culture, Azzedine Mihoubi, the organizer of “Constantine, capital of Arab Culture 2015,” Sami Bencheikh El Hocine, and the French ambassador to Algeria, Bernard Emié.