Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Year of Book in Belarus presented at Moscow Book Fair

MOSCOW, 5 September (BelTA) – The presentation of the ongoing Year of the Book in Belarus took place at the 25th Moscow Book Fair. First Deputy Information Minister Lilia Ananich presented the Year of the Book while unveiling the national booth at the fair, BelTA has learned.

According to Lilia Ananich, it was not accidental that the year 2012 has been declared the Year of the Book in Belarus. “In Belarus the closest attention at the top level is paid to the national book printing industry that gets real support,” she stressed.

The official said that the government allocates massive funds for book printing every year, school textbooks are printed for free, and socially important literature is printed.

In H1 2012 about 5,000 book titles were printed in Belarus, with the total number of copies at 18 million. “By the end of the year we’ll publish four books per every Belarus resident and our country will once again become the most reading country in the world,” said Lilia Ananich.

In the Year of the Book Belarusian editions have already been displayed in India and China. There are plans to display them at a fair in Germany. The Moscow presentation of the Year of the Book in Belarus is one of the most significant events meant to represent Belarusian books abroad.

Belarusian publishing houses represent a lot of interesting projects at the fair, including the best of the latest books published in Belarus as well as those decorated with the most prestigious national and international awards.

Lilia Ananich underlined that Belarusian publishing houses aim to hold several business talks at the Moscow fair. “We expect to sign contracts to promote our books in Russia,” said Lilia Ananich. “Concrete agreements have been reached with the Moscow government that Belarusian books will be represented in Moscow retail outlets”.

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