Duhok Book Fair
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.