This year's 8th Thessaloniki International Book Exhibition will be taking place at HELLEXPO's installations from May 5-8 with the participation of almost all of the city's cultural agencies.

The exhibition is part of the programme "Crossroads of cultures" of the Culture ministry (it concerns Thessaloniki exclusively) and will include a special dedication to the Middle East this year (with the title "When the ideas rise up").

Participating in the dedication that through a "historic conjuncture" coincided with the ideological and political uprising in the countries of north Africa are people of literature and writers from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia as well as Pakistan, Ethiopia, Turkey etc.

The Book Exhibition will host 500 publishers and firms, 190 writers from Greece and 23 other countries, 170 scheduled book presentations, an international conference on the theme "Books and education" and the dedication to the Middle East.