Book exhibition coincides with Sept. 26 events
Many prominent persons in Sana’a, including U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein and Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Makaleh were in attendance, as well as other cultural figures known around the country.
Approximately 120 publishing companies took part in the fair, including publishers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey and the U.S. For the first time, the Development Social Fund participated.
Abdulbari Tahir, head of the Book General Authority, told the Yemen Times the authority opened the door for publishing institutions to take part in circulating different genres of books, including books pertinent to the 2011 political uprising and to the Arab Spring.
He said participation in the fair was not been confined to a particular side; all are accepted to take part because the exhibition is held every year, and it is an opportunity to offer diverse books for readers.
Yemen has been holding book exhibitions for years, with the exception of 2011 because of the political turbulence the country witnessed.
It is the first time the book exhibition was held in the Police Officers Club. Zayd Al-Samawi, a coordinator, said, “It is known that the book exhibition is held in Expo center. However, because of last year’s events and the ill-preparedness, this year’s book exhibition is being held in the Police Officers Club.”
Omar Boghlo, a member from the Turkish Hira Cultural Center, said this is not the first time he is taking part in the event and the exchange of cultures through books with.
“We have over 500,000 books which were provided to past exhibitions—cultural, religious or intellectual.”
The demands for books and culture are high in Taiz, Aden and Sana’a, according to Boghlo, and people in these governorates react favorably to such exhibitions.
Mohammed Al-Qalisi, a participant from Yemen Book Shop, said the promotion of English-language reading in Sana’a is not that strong when compared with Aden, Taiz and Hadramaut governorates.
Nabila Al-Mahbashi, an exhibition visitor, said, “My impression is positive, and I hope further exhibitions of such kinds will be always held. It should be held always because it contributes to improving our culture.”