Serageldin Presents the BA at the Gothenburg Book Fair

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At the Gothenburg Book Fair, which this year focused on Africa, Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria, gave a lecture on 23 September 2010 presenting the role of the BA in reviving the essence of its ancient counterpart by acting as a modern day centre for scholarship, culture and free speech, and as a platform for dialogue between cultures and peoples.

Together with Ambassador Carl Tham, who was moderator and conversation partner at the seminar, Serageldin also discussed the future role of libraries, especially in an African perspective.

The Gothenburg Book Fair, which is visited by 100,000 visitors every year, took place from 23 to 26 September 2010, with over 70 guests from 25 countries from the continent of Africa, and 800 participants from 36 other countries. The Fair presented the richness and diversity of African literature and culture, in a comprehensive program of seminars and events, and in its exhibition halls and ongoing activities at the stands.