Suleyman Haddad signs his part II-Biography

Former Assistant Foreign Minister and Ambassador Suleyman Haddad signed the second part of his diary 'Paths Paved with Pain ’ at Abu Rummana Culture Center in Damascus on December 12.

Syria Takes Part in the Fifth Virtual Arab Publishers Association Conference

 The Syrian Publishers Association will participate in the fifth virtual Arab Publishers Association (APA) Conference, which will be launched on Tuesday under the title "Creating Industry and Challenges".

The two-day conference, organized by the (APA) in cooperation with the Arab League for Education, Culture and Science, will broadcast its activities via an electronic platform for the APA.

The conference will discuss the definition of content, its importance, benefits, types, the impact of piracy on its industry, Arab experiences in this regard, and content marketing in light of the current crises afflicting our region as well as challenges which content faces.

The Syrian participation is represented in a work paper due to be submitted by Haitham Hafez, President of the Syrian Publishers Association on the second day of the conference.

The work paper will deal with working out plans to help the book industry overcome the current circumstances and the difficulties resulting from them in the marketing process and reaching the reader, especially since Syria has important experience in this field.

Hafez, who is also head of the Professional Development Committee at the Arab Publishers Association , explained in a press statement that this conference brings publishers together and raises their problems, aspirations and suggestions to overcome all current or future challenges, especially since the book printing process has not stopped.

He pointed out that many publishers have benefited from the recent period in that they had time to arrange their affairs and review a lot of literature and books, expressing their adherence to publishing literary works of writers, scholars and intellectuals and caring for culture.

Rawaa Ghanam

”My Culture My Identity"

As part of "My Culture My Identity” event, the Ministry of Culture held a book fair for the publications of the General Book Authority and archived the event with a ceremony for awarding prizes. This event was held under the patronage of Dr. Lubana Mshaweh, Minister of Culture at Al-Assad National Library in Damascus on the 24th    of November.

The event was opened by Dr. Thaer Zain Al-Din,The  General Director of the Syrian Book Authority, with a speech about the event and its importance .The book fair included many rich and varied books on art, politics, economics and history.

At the end of the book fair, an award ceremony was held, and awards were given to the first three ranks as follows:

Omar Abu Risha, Hanna Minh and Sami Al-Droubi Literary Prize for 2020

The Syrian General Book Commission announced two days ago, the results of its literary prizes for 2020, which include Omar Abu Risha Prize for poetry, Hanna Minh Prize for the novel, and Sami Al-Droubi Prize for translation, short story and painting Awards for children. All prizes were titled after legendary names that have formulated Syrian literature through their remarkable literary works that articulate Syrian cultural richness.  

The poet Ibrahim Mansour won the first place in the Omar Abu Risha prize for his poem Sarair al-Ashq (Innuendos of Admiration), while the second prize went to Firas Meithawi for his poem: The Damascene HymnGhadeer Ismail won the third position for his poem "what wasn't recorded in the affiliation roster". While the award secretariat stressedr the importance of some unlucky poems that didn't got prizes like:  "Homeland Humming" by Ismail Rakab and "Khawla" by Sami Solomon and "Dance to the other side" by Majd Abraham.

As for Hanna Minh Prize for Novel, the first prize went to Rasheeq Suleiman for his novel "An Oleander Autumn", whereas the second place went to Gerges Hourani for his novel "Bastet". The third place was rewarded to Bouran Arbash for her novel: "Scrambled Love", whom Syriatimes will interview on the sidelines of the honoring ceremony to talk about her second novel; that will be held within the activities of (Days of the Ministry of Culture) at 12:00 pm next Tuesday in the Al-Assad National Library.

Book kiosks Regain popularity at Damascus Sidewalk

Secondhand book market underAl Ra'es  Bridge is still a destination for many writers, intellectuals, book lovers and university students; as it has formed a beautiful memory for everyone who passes by. It constitutes a strong relationship between book sellers and low income customers due to the used books cheap prices.

For more than twenty years, Uncle Abu Muayyad Mahmoud Hasan has worked in used book, selling in a street in Damascus, but now he works in the "sidewalk library" under theBridge, as his love and passion for reading, made him collect rare books to offer to his customers at moderate prices.It is worth noting that uncle Abu Muayyad owns books that are 100 years old.

About  used books clients, Uncle Abu Moayad said: "Most of them are university students, in addition to writers, intellectuals and those passing by. However, today's customers are very few due to the availability of electronic books and the changing reading tastes of people.

In his turn, Mr. Hassan Hab AL-Ruman  "Abu Osama", a bookseller, says: "I have been selling well-known books since fourth grade, for thirty years I have been placing my books on this sidewalk. I started with religious books, but due to the lack of demand for them, I began to present other books according to changing tastes, like books on human development, psychology and philosophy.