Writing İstanbul

TÜYAP Book Fair is bringing publishers, writers and readers together for the 29th time.

It’s the end of September and we stand on the brink of yet another book fair when bibliophiles will again make their way to Beylikdüzü. Due in part to Istanbul’s being 2010 European Capital of Culture, this year’s fair is promoting ‘Writing Istanbul’ as its theme. Honorary author is Prof. Dr. Doğan Kuban, who ushered in a new era with his works on art history. Some 550 publishers and nongovernmental organizations are expected to take part in the fair, which is being held October 30 through November 7.  An innovation at this year’s fair is the ‘Literary Agencies Special Section’, which has been created in conjunction with the International Hall.

Held in parallel with the Istanbul Book Fair and regarded as one of the city’s most comprehensive art fairs despite its location some distance outside the city, the Artist-Istanbul Art Fair is celebrating its 20th year. Artist’s guest of honor this year is Ali Teoman Germaner, known to art lovers as ‘Aloş’. In addition to a large number of young artists, independent group and art initiatives from Holland are also expected at this year’s fair, whose main theme is ‘The Unseen Istanbul’.