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Int'l Book Fair of Algiers kicks off


15:28, September 22, 2011

People visit the 16th international book fair of Algiers on its opening day in Algiers, capital of Algeria, on Sept. 21, 2011. The annual book fair of Algiers will last from Sept. 21 to Oct. 1 under the theme of "the book liberated". (Xinhua/Mohamed Kadri)

ALGIERS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The 16th International Book Fair of Algiers kicked off Wednesday in the capital of Algeria, which attracted more than 500 local and foreign publishers.

The annual cultural event was officially inaugurated by Algeria Minister of Culture Khalida Toumi, and her Lebanese counterpart Gaby Layoune, whose country was chosen to be the guest of honor.

This year's fair is held in the Olympic Complex of Mohamed Boudiaf in upper Algiers until Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, a five-day international conference is to be organized in the national library in Algiers from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. The conference's main topic is "the Arab World boils: Uprisings or Revolutions?"

The International Book Fair of Algiers is the largest cultural event in the North African nation and one of the major public attractions of the year.

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