Duhok Book Fair

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

Print­ing and pub­lish­ing house in Duhok have pub­lished 31 books. An ex­hi­bi­tion was staged in Duhok Con­fer­ence Hall by the di­rec­tor of the Foun­da­tion, Ka­reem Byani. Byani gave a speech at the ex­hi­bi­tion’s grand open­ing. The ex­hi­bi­tion was at­tended by a num­ber of po­ets in­clud­ing Hulkurd and Sha­ban Su­laivani, as well as by the writer, Farsat Mu­rai, and the head of Duhok Univer­sity, Dr. Musleh. Thirty-one books were signed by their au­thors at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Another fair opened on Mon­day which will last for five days. Su­per­vised by Thamer Ra­madan, the Mayor of Duhok, the Fair was opened on Mon­day by the Direc­torate of print­ing and pub­lish­ing houses. At the inau­gu­ra­tion, Su­laiman Kamel, the Deputy Gov­er­nor, gave a speech and mo­ti­vated ev­ery­one to re­main ac­tive and to raise an ed­u­cated gen­er­a­tion. The fair con­tained thou­sands of books in dif­fer­ent lan­guages in­clud­ing Kur­dish, Ara­bic and English. In­vi­ta­tions had been sent to many book­shops in Duhok the day be­fore the Fair, invit­ing them to ex­hibit their books and to sell them at a dis­counted price, and the Jazeery, Dar Alza­man and Na­vian book­shops all seized the op­por­tu­nity.

In a sim­i­lar vein, a group of Duhok Univer­sity stu­dents are open­ing a new center whose aim it is to in­tel­lec­tu­al­ize the so­ci­ety of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion by pub­lish­ing books. It is th­ese stu­dents’ duty to es­tab­lish a link be­tween so­ci­ety and read­ing, and to give young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing ben­e­fi­cial in their free time, rather than wast­ing it on ad­dic­tive so­cial net­work ac­tiv­i­ties like Face­book and Twit­ter.

The center also gets pri­mary school stu­dents read­ing books early in the hope that they will con­tinue to read when they grow up. One of the prob­lems the Center faces is try­ing to find out why so few peo­ple read in the Re­gion, par­tic­u­larly in Kur­dish so­ci­ety. One of the an­swers they pro­pose is the lack of trans­la­tions of for­eign works into Kur­dish. Re­nas Merkhan, a stu­dent mem­ber of the group, says that she and her fel­lows are try­ing to link so­ci­ety with read­ing in or­der to sow seeds for a fruit­ful fu­ture.

Many peo­ple vis­ited the Book Fair in the Duhok Con­fer­ence Hall to buy books.

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