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Tehran nominated for World Book Capital City 2011

Photo: An Iranian visits a pavilion at the 21st Tehran International Book Fair held in May 2008.
The Tehran Municipality has recently been nominated as the city for the World Book Capital City for 2011, which is annually selected by UNESCO.

“A special committee has been set up to provide the necessary documents and programs for Iran’s nomination,” deputy director of the Art and Cultural organization of Tehran Municipality Mohammad Moshari announced on Saturday.

The committee includes four groups of experts on books and other cultural fields, he added.

A UNESCO selection committee comprised of one representative each from the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers’ Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and UNESCO, all under the chairmanship of the President of IPA, will choose the next World Book Capital.

“The candidate programs shall be aimed at promoting books and fostering reading during the period between one World Book Day and Copyright Day and the next.

Previous World Book Capital Cities have been Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), and Antwerp (2004). Montreal was the World Book Capital City in 2005, succeeded by Turin (2006), Bogotá (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009) and Ljubljana (2010).

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