News ID: 234280
Published: 0351 GMT November 14, 2018

Iran to promote book reading culture

Iran to promote book reading culture

Iran will promote the culture of book reading by organizing several cultural programs in cities throughout the country at the 26th Iran Book Week which opens today and will run until November 22.

In total, 17 programs are scheduled for Iran Book Week only in the capital, said Tehran'"s Deputy Mayor for Socio-Cultural Affairs Valiollah Shojapourian.

This year's book event begins today with the motto 'Good Feeling of Book Reading'.

Iran's Culture Minister Abbas Salehi said earlier that the average Iranian spends 13 minutes a day reading.

Meanwhile, Translators and Interpreters Association of Tehran arranged a program to commemorate Iranian poet and translator Tahereh Saffarzadeh (1936-2008) on November 18 to mark the week.

Saffarzadeh, the female scholar, poet and translator who died of cancer in 2008, is famous for her bilingual translation of the Holy Qur'an in Persian and English.

In addition, the Armenian capital will host a week of Iranian books and book reading, announced Iran's Embassy in Yerevan.

Ruzana Barseghyan, the deputy director of Isahakyan Library, said the Yerevan event is part of Iran Book Week.

She said the week of Iranian books and book reading in Yerevan will also present several publications released recently by the Iranian Cultural Center in Armenia. The week will wrap up with recital of Iranian poetry and performance of Iranian music by Armenian school and university students.


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