A space for exchange and sharing between readers and writers

The 4th edition of “Itinerant Literature”, scheduled for October 1 in Fez, is a space for exchange and sharing between readers and writers, said Thursday in Rabat, the initiators of this event placed under the theme “From a culture to the other”.

The concept of this cultural event called “Itinerant Literature” is to “bring the reader closer to the writer and to create an exchange between the two in an open space”, indicated, in a statement to MAP, Nadia Essalmi, president of the “Itinerant Literature” Association, on the sidelines of a conference devoted to the presentation of the preparations for this literary meeting. Literature is “the best way to bring people together and promote living together”, argued Ms. Essalmi. “We keep saying everywhere that Moroccans don’t read,” she said, saying that this event proved that Moroccans are, on the contrary, “knowledgeable and demanding” readers.

For his part, Driss El Yazami, board member of the Traveling Literature Association, felt “that this is not a book fair, but rather an event focused on one day and which allows a skewer of authors to meet the public”. “This 4th edition, placed under the theme “From one culture to another”, is held in a historic place, one of the oldest gardens in Morocco, Jnan Sbil in Fez”, he pointed out, noting that this year’s edition will feature Africa.

Participating for the second time in this important event, Driss Ksikes, Moroccan journalist and writer, explained that “the idea behind this meeting is to meet in an open space and to have the possibility of meeting, in real , its readers and to interact with them”.

For his part, Youssouf Amine Elalamy, another writer who will participate in this new edition, observed that “we need these kinds of events to meet our readers”. “It’s important to exchange with people who read us,” he said, noting that we must make people want to touch, read and open the book, especially in these times marked by a use high in technological tools.

This cultural event provides for the organization of two round tables, the first of which, in French, in which Fouad Laroui (Morocco), Véronique Tadjo (Ivory Coast), Ivan Jablonka (France) and Christiane Taubira (France) will take part. .

The second round table, in Arabic, will see the participation of Abdelfattah Kilito (Morocco), Zayneb Laouedj (Algeria), Najwan Darwich (Palestine) and Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin (Sudan). A short story competition for young people aged 18 to 30 has also been added to the program of this book event, with the aim of encouraging literary creation among young people.

The previous editions were organized, respectively, in Salé (2017), Casablanca (2018) and Marrakech (2019). This edition will see the participation of forty writers from eleven countries including Morocco, Palestine, France, Jordan, Egypt, Mauritania, Cameroon, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Sudan and the Ivory Coast.

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