0239 GMT February 17, 2019
"Pre-revolution era was the period when the Iranian nation had been snubbed by the arrogant powers," President Rouhani said.
"During the post-revolution era, the Iranian nation managed to get dignity and also flourish while keeping national sovereignty and respecting religious culture," said the president.
At Wednesday's ceremony, President Rouhani hailed the exemplary authors of the year.
Also present at the event were Iran's Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, his deputy for cultural affairs, Mohsen Javadi and a number of notable cultural figures.
Culture minister: Islamic Revolution born with books, writers
Salehi said at the gathering that the Islamic Revolution of Iran, like Islam, is intertwined with books and writers, as it is one of the few revolutions in the world whose leaders were all writers.
"Iran's Islamic Revolution was one of very few revolutions in the world the leaders of which, including Imam Khomeini, Ayatollah (Morteza) Motahari, Ayatollah (Mohammad Hosseini) Beheshti and the Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, were all authors," said Salehi.
The Islamic Revolution was born with the writers, as the streets of the cities during the revolution was replete with books, he said.
"In the resistance era, too, the Islamic Revolution requires books," the minister added.
In all, 28 authored, 13 translated and two edited books were selected as the winners of the 35th Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The topics for the penned and translated books for evaluation included Islamic philosophy, Western philosophy, religion, language, applied sciences, arts, literature, history, and social sciences.
In the World Award section, the evaluated books were chosen in the fields of Islamic studies, Islamic history, Islamic jurisprudence and law, Qur'anic studies, Islamic art and architecture, contemporary Islamic studies, Islamic theology, Islamic economics and the like.
The submitted books were in English, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Georgian, Azeri Turkish, Urdu, Turkish, Finnish, Bosnian, Greek and Serbian. Following evaluation, books from Germany, France, the US, India, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and Iran were selected for the World Award.
The Book of the Year Award is one of the greatest and the oldest book events in Iran. Iran's culture minister inaugurated 'The Book of the Year Award' in 1983, and 'Iran World Award for Book of the Year' in 1993, which were aimed at selecting nd introducing worthwhile international books, and honoring their authors, editors, and translators to elevate the general knowledge and culture, and developing public scholarship/readership with the Islamic and Iranian written heritage.
The winners received the President's Commemoration Plaque along with other valuable prizes.