Tuesday, September 07, 2010 -
Around 100 newly published books from Turkmenistan were exhibited along with books from Kyrgyzstan and 55 other countries at the 23rd Moscow International Book Exhibition and Fair, the Turkmenistan news agency Turkmenistan.gov.tm reported on Tuesday.
This was the second time that Turkmen printers entered the event, displaying works of fiction, educational and children’s literature, and periodicals.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s own book on the indigenous Akhal-Teke horse breed, Turkmenistan’s national symbol, “Akhal-Teke – Our Pride and Glory” won an award by a book jury at the book fair under the classification “My Country.”
Another book by Berdimuhamedov called “Medicinal Plants of Turkmenistan” received a diploma recognizing the work as a “high level research encyclopedia,” Turkmenistan.ru reported.
The Turkmen delegation took the opportunity to pitch its own upcoming international book fair scheduled later this month in Ashgabat.
The event will be titled “the Book is the Way to Cooperation and Progress” and held at the main Sergi Koshgi exhibition center.
Kyrgyz publications also fared well at the book fair. “Mysterious Kyrgyzstan,” an art book from Kyrgyz author Victor Kadyrov, took the first prize in its category, while the Kyrgyz title “Jenish” (“Victory”) also received recognition, Bishkek-based news agency 24.kg reported.
“In spite of the complex situation in the republic, more than 15 publishers of Kyrgyzstan have participated in the contest and sent their books to the exhibition,” 24.kg quoted Kyrgyzstan’s Book Chamber director Koichuman Momunkulov as saying.
The fair welcomed 1500 book publishers and distributors hailing from the Commonwealth of Independent States. The fair honored Belarus with a special pavilion for this year’s edition.