A meeting place for writers, readers

By Kabeer Yousuf — MUSCAT: Feb 25 – In less than a week since the Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF) began, the festival has become a hit among book lovers. The three integrated halls for titles from across the world is buzzing with bibliophiles searching for their favourite titles. The weekend, which was dedicated to the schoolchildren, saw an unprecedented response from government and private schools, especially from the capital area. “We brought some 50 students on Thursday morning and they were all excited to grab their favourite titles here,” said Basma, a teacher of Omer Bin Khattab School.

Thirty per cent of the 450,000 titles on display at the festival are new, and readers are curious to learn about them. “Despite the advancement of technology, children’s interest in reading has not waned. Children’s books ranked second in terms of the books sold in the previous edition of the fair,” said Abdulmunim Mansour al Hasani, Minister of Information, said. Many authors, mostly from Arab countries, were eager to talk to their readers at the book stalls. “I find it a perfect venue to catch up with readers and authors and discuss books,” Al Harthy, an HR professional, told the Observer. Sunday has been dedicated for women and girl students.