Bookworms rejoice, Kadıköy gets bookish .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - Istanbul’s Kadıköy district is hosting a book fair until Dec. 23. The honorary guest of the Third Kadiköy Book Days is the famous writer Adalet Ağaoğlu.

Attending the opening ceremony Saturday, Ağaoğlu thanked Kadıköy Municipality for organizing the event. Ağaoğlu watched the presentation prepared for her and said: "The speech about me and my writing in the presentation made me laugh and at the same time filled my eyes with tears. This is a paradox caused by 60 years of writing."

Noting that she was very proud to be hosted as an honorary guest, Ağaoğlu commemorated the late novelist Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, who was the honorary guest for the First Kadiköy Book Days. Ağaoğlu was given a plaque.

Kadıköy Mayor Selami Öztürk said nearly 70 publishers set up stands for the event in Caddabostan Culture Center. "The municipality aims to open libraries in each of Kadıköy’s neighborhoods with the books donated by the attending publishers. Yet there are still places that are in need of libraries."

There are panels, meetings with poets and writers, dialogues and autograph sessions during the event.

The Third Kadiköy Book Days is free of charge and also is hosting nongovernmental organizations such as Turkey Writers Labor Union and Turkey Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists Association, or PEN.