Over 1.3 million visitors at Algiers book fair

Italy guest of honor, high participation in over 50 events

01 April, 18:36

    ALGIERS - The International book fair of Algiers (SILA) has registered over 1.3 million visitors on March 24-31. Italy took part as a guest of honor, returning after a two-year interruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the event's commissioner, Mohamed Iguerb, told a press conference on Friday closing the event.

    "Until yesterday (Thursday), without counting children and pregnant women, 1.3 million visited SILA", said Iguerb. He added that "100,000 people visited the virtual platform of the fair, buying dozens of books online". SILA's official Facebook page registered over 8 million visits.

    The 25th edition was a success, said Iguerb, stressing the massive participation in over 50 cultural events organized during the fair on the themes of memory, history, literature and art.

    The Italian pavilion, inaugurated on March 24 by Foreign Undersecretary Benedetto Della Vedova, together with Algerian Premier Aymen Ben Abderahmene, hosted the events of numerous Italian authors and researchers. The included Stefania Auci (author of the Florio saga, whose "L'inverno dei Leoni" (the winter of lions) was a bestseller in Italy in 2021),Paola Caridi, Giuseppe Catozzella, Bruna Bagnato, Caterina Roggero, Andrea Brazzoduro and the director of the Feltrinelli foundation, Massimiliano Tarantino.

    The Italian pavilion, set up by the ICE agency, also hosted the show "Eccellenze italiane. La nuova generazione degli illustratori per ragazzi" (Italian excellence. The new generation of illustrators for kids) organized by Bologna Children's Book Fair/BolognaFiere, Regione Emilia-Romagna e MAECI, with Accademia Drosselmeier/Cooperativa Giannino Stoppani.

    This year's edition registered the participation of 1,250 publishing houses from 36 countries, including 16 Italian ones.

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