Open books and open minds: Global and local visitors to convene at the Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2013

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Azerbaijan will host it’s global book forum and literature festival in May 2013 with  fresh line up of authors as well as a unique literary competition says Hermoine Macura.

Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2013
Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2013

Aiming to inspire people to read and pursue their passion of the written word, Azerbaijan’s only literature festival will open to the public on the 3rd of May in the city of Ganja.

Visitors can look forward to book launches from internationally-acclaimed literary figures, and book readings by authors will take place during the days leading up to the event, which is being organized by London-based publishing house Silk Road Media. The winners of a literary competition will also be announced, with a grand prize of publication in the UK by Hertfordshire Press, a Silk Road Media imprint.

Attendees will discuss the promotion of Azerbaijani and Central Asian literature abroad as well as how best to integrate international educational literature into regional schools, colleges, libraries and universities. The festival will include master classes on literary translation, poetry, and featured books, as well as panel discussions on common issues facing the publishing sector.

International literary star Hamid Ismailov said, “Writing books is quite a lonely occupation. For long periods of time an author is imprisoned in his solitude, chained to his pen or a computer. Therefore any celebration of his or her work, meeting his or her readers enormously encourages – I dare to say – every author – it’s like for Antaeus to touch the ground. Especially if the author due to different circumstances of life lives far away from his readers.” The Open Central Asia Book Forum gives this opportunity to many authors: famous and young, international and local. It’s a great opportunity where writers meet their colleagues, readers, publishers and media. It tries to bridge different worlds, different cultures and literatures. It is a feast of literature and I wish this Forum every success.”

For international authors and publishers, the forum and festival will provide an opportunity to network and to discuss their work and experiences. For regional and local authors, it will be a platform to promote themselves, to talk with readers, gain international experience, and take part in the literature competition. For readers, the Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2013 will be an opportunity to find out more about the works of both known and new authors from Azerbaijan, Central Asia and beyond.

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Hermoine Macura is the first Australian female English speaking TV News Anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermoine was one of the main Anchor’s on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her first book, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST was published in 2010.

Faces of the Middle East by Hermoine Macura
Faces of the Middle East by Hermoine Macura

FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST is a book that aims to introduce the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the Middle East, proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture.

Neither a definitive story nor a political statement, FACES OF THE MIDDLE EAST, is the culmination of more then seven years of Photojournalism that documents the existence and rich diversity present in the region.

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