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Turkish Literature Festival Attracts Maltans

Posted: Oct. 31st, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

For the first time, Istanbul's Tanpinar Literature Festival will feature Maltese literature in the front seat. The festival features works from over 20 countries and brought together authors from around Europe and the world. Interviews focused on the situation surrounding books and literacy.

Maltese literature took the front seat for the first time at this year’s Itef Literatue Festival in Turkey, which brought together literature lovers from over 20 countries. It was represented by author Charles Casha and Joyce Grech, executive director of the National Book Council.

The Istanbul Tanpinar Literature Festival is a meeting point that brings together some of the top names in the book industry from across several continents.

Named after the famous writer Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar, the fourth edition of the festival was recently held in four cities across the country: Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Hatay.

The Maltese delegation had the opportunity to meet other authors from many European countries and to hold discussions about various aspects of publishing, including translation, pitching and ­writing.


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