National Book Fair Renews Hope for Cambodian Literary Scene

Ouk Bonheang, 25, a young author, said the rise was due to a growing appreciation among young Cambodians for literacy.

Cambodia held its seventh annual Book Fair last week, raising hopes among Cambodia’s literary aficionados that it could help create a revival in the country’s literary scene.

Soeng Nisay, 21, the book fair’s coordinator, said the number of participants have swelled dramatically this year.

He claimed that more than 130,000 people attended the fair this year, up from 52,000 in 2017, partly due to a large number of young people who turned up to receive free books donated by Prime Minister Hun Sen through the Union Youth Federations of Cambodia, which is led by his son, Hun Many.

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