Homs hosts its first book fair specialized in the Syrian and translated novel

Homs, (ST) - With the participation of several Syrian institutions and publishing houses, the city of Homs is hosting the "The Syrian and Translated Novel" exhibition, held for the first time. The exhibition hosted by the Al-Irshad Publishing Library Gallery in Homs, is held in cooperation between the Culture Directorate and the Arab Writers Union Branch in Homs.

The director of Al-Irshad Publishing House, Abdul-Jabbar Al-Jandali, told SANA that the idea of holding the exhibition stemmed from the interest of the majority of readers in the novel and story and the impact of the economic situation on their passion for reading. This prompted the organizers of the exhibition to launch an event that satisfies the reading audience's passion and at the same time takes into account their economic circumstances.

Al-Jandali explained that the displayed publications include Syrian and translated novels by the Arab Writers Union and the Culture Directorate, with discounts exceeding 50 percent, stressing that the high turnout for the exhibition led to a one-week extension with the increase in discounts for novels.

The Head of the Arab Writers Union in Homs, Abdul Rahman Al-Bitar, said that the idea of reading would not end despite the great challenges that it faces, which motivates us to support the segment of readers and increase their number. "The exhibition has a certain specificity because it is specialized in the novel, which is one of the important literary genres in the development of language and intellectual movement. It is close to readers and deals with general issues in a manner based on dialogue and smooth narration, in contrast to the scientific method of research", he added.

Two prizes to Syrian authors in Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature

The two Syrian storywriters, Rawa'a Sonbul and Hassan Abdul Basit Al-Judi, won the second and third places in the Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize for Children's Literature in the field of "The fairy tale" for children catergory between 4 and 7 years for the year 2020.

About 1,600 storywriters from different Arab countries participated in this Award which was held in Jordan. The two stories, "Dumdum, the Cloud Maker" by Rawa'a and "Maymoun's Khartoum" by Al-Judi, acheived the highest number of terms of conditions for participation in the Award, by adhering to the appropriate content for age group, and achieving creative and artistic requirements with appropriate language. In addition to forming a world based on dreams and fantasies that include inherited or modern elements, creating a place where events take place, with strange or exotic characters disconnected with real life, having their own laws.

Creative People of Different Nationalities and Specializations in a Series Directed to Young People

The series “ I will be one day “ recently released dealt with the lives and careers of  a  group of creative people of  different nationalities and specializations.  

The series adopts a realistic storytelling method recounting the biographies of writers, scientists, philosophers, thinkers and mathematicians. It explained how these people  turned into creative people, overcoming all the difficulties and harsh circumstances that befell them and even their academic delay, providing lessons and experiences to be an example for our generations so that they do not fail.

"Your voice is life" ... an initiative of the Junior Chamber International in Homs

"Due to the current conditions in the countries of the world because of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to adhere to quarantine at home, we have recently launched the "Your Voice is Life" initiative"to accommodate to our current situation incase we have to stay at home, we can travel and visit anywhere in the world through books," Miss. Sherine Fares said in an interview with the Syria times e-newspaper.

She went on to say: "There is a large number of those who cannot enjoy this pleasure, such as the blind, illiterate, or even those who do not want to read, in addition to children who are unable to read. So the idea of audio recording books and novels, both for adults and children, has emerged.Thus, a number of volunteers began recording a variety of books and novels, which were later posted on the Facebook  to make them available to everyone.

Talking about the main goal of  the initiative, Miss. Rouba Alsharidi, Director of Curriculum Department at the initiative, said: "Among the most important goals of the initiative is motivating the young generation towards intellectual and cultural development by reading books in order to record them so the time they are at home is optimally used.

Contributing to empowering the Arabic language, is also an important goal we are working on this year in the community sector.

As for the third goal, and the most important one, is to provide  community service to contribute to the development and education of the blind and the illiterate, and even ordinary people who do not want to read on the one hand, as well as providing community service to mothers by providing them with a set of targeted audio stories for their children on the other hand".

To know more about the nature of the selected books and novels, and the conditions for choosing these books, Miss. Rozanna al tarazi, director of the books and novels department at the initiative, explained: “The books and the recorded novels and stories were selected according to ethical, educational and developmental standards. In the first stage, a variety of books were selected and listed to be compared with all the lists provided by the rest of the provinces, so that the book is not recorded more than once.

Translated book depicts “Wars on Syria”

A book written by French author and researcher Michele Rimbaud has disclosed the reasons of the war on Syria and highlighted the aspirations of Syria’s enemies to build their glories on the ruins of other peoples. The book is titled “Syrian Wars” “Les Guerres de Syrie”.

The 368-page book was published by the Syrian Book Organization.

The book, which was translated by Syrian author and researcher, Dr. Lubana Mshawweh, uncovers the wars waged by the United States, Britain and France in the Middle East, highlighting their covert support for terrorist organizations and militias that aim at undermining the region to serve these countries’ interests.

The book also reveals the aggressors’ strategies of oppressing other peoples, their support for Zionism and their calls for false democracy through various methods managed by the Zionist intelligence.