[Web Wrap]: Yerevan Hopes to Shine as Literary Capital in 2012 .

September 7, 2010

Tradition of reading revives in Armenia.

By Liana Aghajanian via ianyan.MAG

While it dates back thousands of years, with notable authors including Hovaness Toumanyan and Gostan Zarian, Armenian literature has largely remained overlooked by the international community, but that might be changing in 2012, when Armenia’s capital city Yerevan will hold the title of  UNESCO World Book Capital.

Granted by the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Yerevan is the 12th city to be designated World Book Capital after cities such as Madrid, New Dehli, Montreal and Beirut.

“It is the first city of the post Soviet space to be granted that title,” Alexis Krikorian, director of IPA Freedom to Publish program said in an email interview, adding that the title is an initiative which aims at fostering books and reading culture.  

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Ianyan Mag_Yerevan as literary capital

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by Gibson Claire McGuire Regester

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