By Adam Kwafi and Aimen Amzein.
Benghazi, 26 April 2014:
Benghazi University book fair, held last week, was the first in the city . . .[restrict]since the revolution and boasted a wide array of textbooks and literature in Arabic and English.
Organised by medical students the fair lasted from 21-23 April and saw participation from a number of local libraries and publishing houses.These included the Omar Mukhtar Library, Benghazi’s Independence Library, and Dar Mostaqbal Publishing among others.
The opening of the festival, on World Book Day on 23 April – William Sharespeare’s birthday – was attended by students, faculty members, and visitors and was officiated by the Dean of the University, Adam Zgad.
The exhibition is part of a drive by Benghazi University to promote reading outside of the curriculum. It was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Benghazi Local Council of Benghazi and among those attending were of a number of Benghazi literary figures. The event included poetry and book readings.
The fair gave students the opportunity to buy reduced rate medical text books, religious texts, novels and children’s books. Events held over the three days included quizzes as well as competitions in poetry, short story writing, painting, pencil drawing and photography.