The International Rare Book & Autograph Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris, now in its 28th year, is one of the most prestigious fairs in the world, attracting nearly 200 exhibitors and over 20.000 visitors who enjoy the opportunity to browse, buy and admire more than 100.000 historical documents, rare books, manuscripts, autographs, prints and ephemera from all centuries. In 2016, this international high-class event becomes even greater as the French antiquarian booksellers will join in ILAB’s celebrations on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day by granting FREE ENTRY TO THE FAIR ON SATURDAY 23 April.
Instead of paying an entry fee visitors will be invited to donate money in support of UNESCO’s Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) – a literacy project in South Sudan, where ILAB booksellers help UNESCO to set up school libraries and thereby bring books to the people where they are really urgently needed. In South Sudan 70 % of all adults and 84 % of all women are illiterate.
By raising money for the people in South Sudan at the Paris Fair as part of ILAB’s worldwide celebrations on 23 April, the French booksellers give an impressive sign of support to ILAB’s and UNESCO’s initiative to raise funds to buy books for South Sudan and to raise the awareness of the importance of literacy for everybody in our modern world.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE FRENCH BOOKSELLERS FOR JOINING US ... ACROSS THE WORLD ...
ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY ... 23 APRIL 2016!
April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, the Organizers, Wikipedia