Denizli Metropolitan 4th Book Fair opened
Denizli Metropolitan Municipality 4th Book Fair, awaited with great enthusiasm by book lovers in Denizli, opened with a ceremony. Inviting all his fellow citizens to the fair attended by 350 authors and 250 publishing houses, Mayor Osman Zolan said, ''Our goal is to meet people, especially our children with books. ''
Denizli Metropolitan Municipality 4th Book Fair, which was postponed last year due to coronavirus measures in Denizli, opened its doors with a ceremony. The AK Party Group Deputy Chairman, Denizli Deputy Cahit Özkan, Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Osman Zolan, Pamukkale University (PAÜ) Rector Prof. Dr Ahmet Kutluhan, AK Party Denizli Provincial Chairman Yücel Güngör, Merkezefendi District Governor Dr Adem Uslu, Pamukkale Mayor Avni Örki, writers, students and guests attended the opening ceremony held at Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Congress and Culture Center (EGS). The guest of honour of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality 4th Book Fair, who could not attend the opening ceremony due to his illness, Prof. Dr Önder Göçgün's message was read. In his message, Prof. Dr Göçgün stated that he was very happy to be the guest of honour of the fair. Emphasizing that book fairs are centres for people's self-development, Prof. Dr Göçgün thanked everyone who worked hard and wished the fair to be beneficial.
Together again after 2.5 years
Remzi Çayır, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eylül Fair Organization, stated that they were happy to organize a book fair in Denizli again after 2.5 years due to the pandemic. He also thanked the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality, Osman Zolan, for his great support in the fair organization. Wishing that the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality 4th Book Fair be beneficial and auspicious, PAÜ Rector Prof. Dr Ahmet Kutluhan said that acquiring the habit of reading books is of great importance in life.
''Even the fact that our people come to the fair is a win''
Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Osman Zolan stated that they would facilitate Denizli's meeting with the book at the 4th fair. Mayor Zolan said, ''The goal of the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Book Fair was to meet people, especially our children, with books. We want hundreds and thousands of books to come to Denizli, let our people, young people, children visit our fair, touch whatever book they want, feel the smell of the book and read it. Even the fact that our people come to the fair is a win for us. ''Stating that they chose the honorary guests of the fair from Denizli writers, Mayor Zolan said, ''We want our writers from Denizli to meet with their city. This year's guest of honour is our dear teacher Prof. Dr Önder Göçgün. He has 71 valuable works. He taught at our university for a long time and signed many works. He prepared many works to transfer the values of our city to the future. His works keep the values of our city alive. He ensured the publication of his works through the Cultural Publications of our Metropolitan Municipality. I thank him very much. ''
Autograph days and interviews
Stating that they took all pandemic measures at the fair, Mayor Osman Zolan said, ''We did not want our children to stay away from books any longer. We decided to hold this fair without taking a long break from the virtual world to the real world and books. We are taking all our precautions. Hopefully, many of our authors will come, there will be autograph sessions and interviews. We have hundreds of publishing houses participating in the fair. I hope our fair will be successful. I thank everyone for their support. ''
''We will be example for our youth''
Wishing that fair to be auspicious, AK Party Group Deputy Chairman Özkan said, ''We are here together to pave the way for our young people to compete with the youth of the world. Today we will visit the stands with our young people here. We will meet with the book to reach the values that make us who we are and develop our abilities. We will set an example for our youth to raise awareness here. On this occasion, I would like to express my gratitude to our Mayor, Osman Zolan, who brought Denizli together with this book fair. ''After the speeches, the members of the protocol cut the opening ribbon of the fair, visited the stands and chatted with the authors for a while. On the other hand, at the fair, an exhibition with the works that won first place in the Denizli Metropolitan Municipality 1st International Cartoon Competition was presented to the citizens. The fair, which will be open until September 17, can be visited every day between 10:00 and 20:00.