official opening of the 17th International Book fair of Algiers (SILA)

The 17th International Book Fair of Algiers (SILA), opened Wednesday in Algiers by the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika meet until September 29 publishers, writers and book lovers around the slogan “My book, my freedom” .
Under the sign of the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Algeria, SILA 17th will see the participation of 630 publishers from 41 countries will present on a surface of 14,000 m2.
Conferences will be held during the exhibition and discuss the themes of the history of the national movement, the war of liberation and the literary and artistic creation in Algeria since 1962.
These conferences will be led by writers like Wassiny Laâredj as well as academics, editors and journalists Algerian and foreign.
The event program also includes meetings with several tributes to writers like Yasmina Khadra and Rachid Boudjedra or writers Ahmed Reda Houhou martyrs and Mouloud Feraoun, and a tribute to Rabah Belamri.
Africa will be honored with the stand “Panaf Spirit”, dedicated to African literature with the participation of several authors who discuss topics related to literary creation and the history of independence.
The Algerian Agency for the influence of culture (AARC) also organizes roundtables on issues of Algeria and publishing digital books, the popular heritage as well as the impact of Algerian literature in the world.
Several poetry evenings will be organized and a meeting around the Arab International Prize.
A symposium will be also organized on 28 and 29 September at the Hilton Hotel in partnership with the CNERPAH (National Research Centre prehistoric anthropological and historical) on the subject of literature and history and will be dedicated to the Algerian author Assia Djebbar.
Sidelines of the exhibition, screenings and discussions of films adapted from literary works will be organized in partnership with the Algerian cinema.
The 2011 edition of SILA had experienced a record attendance with 1.2 million visitors.
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