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The 20th edition of Delhi Book Fair and 16th Stationery and Office Automation Fair at Pragati Maidan ended on 31 August. The last day of the event featured award giving ceremony by Rita Menon, Chairperson and Managing Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for Excellence in Display.

Awards were presented in different categories comprising Hindi, Regional and English languages. In Hindi language category, Prabhat Prakashan won the gold trophy, Kitabghar Prakashan won silver and Hindi Book Centre won bronze trophy while  in  the English language category, MBD Group, Full Marks Pvt. Ltd. and Amity University Press won the gold, silver and bronze trophies, respectively.

National Book Trust bagged the gold trophy and Sahitya Akademi won the silver trophy in the Regional language categories. Ballarpur Industries Limited bagged the gold trophy and Paper Theatre and GSC Glass Ltd. received the silver and bronze trophies, respectively, for Excellence in Display in the Stationery and Office Automation Fair.

 The event also witnessed a workshop on book review Let’s Review a Book and an interactive session-cum workshop with an illustrator for school children on 29 August organised by National Centre for Children’s Literature, a wing of National Book Trust.

The programme was divided into two sessions. The first session on book review was conducted by Nandini Sahu, Associate Professor of English, IGNOU and creative writer.

The second session was on illustration was conducted by Subir Roy, renowned illustrator and Art Director at Children’s Book Trust.

While giving details on how to write a book review, Sahu said ‘The role of reviewer is very important as the reviewer tells the reader what the book is all about. Since the reviewer has the freedom to write about the book, his mind should be open and should not have negative approach towards the writer.’

In the second session, Roy gave an insight into designing a cover of the book. He informed children about the young Indian artistes who have won several awards at international level.

Roy shared his experience as an illustrator and gave tips to children to draw good illustrations.
More than 150 children from various schools of Delhi and NCR including DAV Public School Paschim Enclave, DAV Public School Shreshtha Vihar, Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar, Shraddha Public School, Faridabad participated in this programme.

The best twenty students in the workshop were given away awards and certificates.

The next edition of the fair will be organised from 29 August to 6 September, 2015.
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