Organized for the first time this year by Gebze Municipality, the book fair, which includes hundreds of thousands of books and more than 100 publishers, opened its doors to book lovers. In addition to the provincial and district protocol, many citizens attended the opening of the fair, which will be held on July 15 at the tent in National Will City Square. At the fair, which is open until April 24th, 19 national and 101 local authors meet their readers and sign their books.
Opening the book fair, Gebze Mayor Zinnur Büyükgöz said: “Today we are opening a book fair in Gebze for the first time. There will be a fair program with hundreds of thousands of books, attended by more than 100 publishers. At the same time, 120 of our authors will also participate, working on every thought and platform, writing books and expressing their thoughts. 19 conferences will be held at the fair. These 120 authors and thinkers sign their books. We do it during the Ramadan event. Because in the end, while we have also trained our soul with the fasting, we will also be feeding our soul with the book. We’re bringing together two beautiful activities, the program,” he said.
“Very serious programs are carried out in this tent.
Mayor Büyükgöz said that this fair tent was opened 10 days ago: “Many different events have been held so far. It was evaluated with children’s workshops, taster workshops or children’s theaters in a cultural sense. Hopefully, at the end of the 8-day fair period, very serious programs will be performed in this tent during the current 10-15 days. In this way we will spend the month of Ramadan with full and productive programs. As a nation in touch with the “reading” order, we have tried to demonstrate the need for reading and its importance by organizing this Mass. I wish all my fellow citizens from Gebze to attend this fair, our friends from the surrounding counties to attend this fair, to meet again with the book and to fulfill their inner quest by finding an answer here. “I congratulate everyone on the month of Ramadan,” he said.
“The lack of a book fair was a major shortcoming”
Mayor Büyükgöz stressed that they made up a big shortage for Gebze, saying: “The lack of a book fair in this city like Gebze, which has 485,000 sleeping and 1 million active residents, was a big shortage. Today we fixed this deficiency. I hope we can have this activity regularly every year from now on,” he said.