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Prominent Iranian Literary Translator Najaf Daryabandari Dies at 91

Acclaimed Iranian author and translator Najaf Daryabandari, who had translated many of the world’s outstanding literary works into Persian, has died at the age of 91.
‘Cultural Development Can Turn Corona Threat into Opportunity’

‘Cultural Development Can Turn Corona Threat into Opportunity’

An Iranian cultural official says the development of cultural and artistic exchanges and fostering of humanitarian values can turn the threat of coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity.
Storytelling Helps Children Overcome Fear of Coronavirus

Storytelling Helps Children Overcome Fear of Coronavirus

An official with Iran’s Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults has advised the parents to read stories to their children as an effective way to dispel their fears of the novel coronavirus pandemic and build their hopes up for the bright days.
COVID-19 Inflicts Huge Losses on Iran’s Culture, Art, Media Sectors

COVID-19 Inflicts Huge Losses on Iran’s Culture, Art, Media Sectors

The coronavirus outbreak has inflicted over Rls. 9.76 trillion ($65 million) in losses on Iran’s culture, art and media sectors, a top official says.
Century-Old Café in Tehran, Popular Hangout for Book Readers

Century-Old Café in Tehran, Popular Hangout for Book Readers

One of the most popular cafés in the Iranian capital, Tehran, is a book café which dates back 100 years.
Has Iran Censored Tsarist Russia’s Atrocities from School Textbooks

Has Iran Censored Tsarist Russia’s Atrocities from School Textbooks?

An Iranian educational official has dismissed the controversy over the omission of certain texts about the crimes committed by the Russian Empire from the Iranian school-books, denying reports about deliberate distortion of the history.
Masoudieh Palace; Home to First Iranian Library, Museum (7)

Masoudieh Palace; Home to First Iranian Library, Museum

Masoudieh Palace is an edifice and Persian Garden built during the Qajar era in the historical Square of Baharestan, downtown Tehran.

‘Citizenship Culture’ Book Unveiled in Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Minister of Education Mohsen Haji-Mirzaei has unveiled a 26-volume book entitled ‘Citizenship Culture’ in the city of Tabriz.

Iranian Cleric Promoting Book-Reading among Children in Deprived Areas

An Iranian cleric has gained reputation for running cultural activities in remote rural areas of Western Iran, promoting book-reading among children.
Iranian Teenage Girl Converts Minibus into Lovely Bookstore (21)

Iranian Girl Converts Minibus into Lovely Mobile Bookstore

A young Iranian lady has come up with the idea of converting a minibus into a book shop, but she is not old enough yet to drive her “mobile” bookstore.