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8 Feb 2017

Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe

Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe

MINSK, 8 February (BelTA) – The Minsk International Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern Europe, Maksim Ryzhenkov, First Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration, told reporters on 8 February, BelTA has learned.

“The 24th edition of the forum has brought together many participants who have come to present a variety of books and stands. The big number of professionals that the fair has gathered confirms its status. It is one of the most prestigious events in Eastern Europe,” Maksim Ryzhenkov believes. He pointed out that the Information Ministry and other organizers have worked hard to make sure that the visitors and guests who have come to showcase their publishing products feel comfortable.

Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern EuropeThe First Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration noted that the fair provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of the Belarusian book printing and even take a look at a copy of the printing press that Francysk Skaryna used to print his first book. “I am happy that today, in the age of the internet when children and adults spend much time on the web and gadgets make an integral part of our life, people still like to resort to such a wonderful source of information as a print book. People want to get knowledge about interesting things from this source,” Maksim Ryzhenkov said.

Ryzhenkov: Minsk Book Fair is a prestigious event in Eastern EuropeHe noted that he prefers print books over ebooks, and he takes a special interest in documentary literature and history books. Maksim Ryzhenkov also likes well-illustrated editions about Belarus’ historical and cultural heritage.

The 24th Minsk International Book Fair that is running in the Belarusian capital from 8 to 12 February has brought together representatives of over 30 countries. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the guest of honor. The program of the fair features some 300 events. The international symposium Writer and Time is one of them. The winners of the first contest of young writers Pershatsvet will be honored on the sidelines of the fair.

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