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The Salon du Livre Francophone 2016 is an institution.The next nine days will be packed with 150 events, roundtables and entertainment with 80 authors. With 75,000 attendees in 2015 and more expected this year, the salon is almost "indispensable" as the French Institute's newly minted director Veronique Aulagnon put it. The salon's other focus this year is engaging with young people. Though the culture of reading has changed in the decades since the first salon, it remains hugely popular and 20,000 students are expected to attend the event.The salon is well aware of the impact new technologies have had on reading culture, Aulagnon said, particularly among the youth.The aim of the salon, as Aulagnon sees it, is to draw more people to reading.The salon draws crowds by hosting renowned authors and artists from Lebanon, France and elsewhere in the French-speaking world. The Salon du Livre Francophone takes place at BIEL from Nov. 5 to 13 .
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