Kolkata Book Fair to celebrate Indo-French relationship
Here is a great news for bibliophiles as an end of this January will bring in the 42nd edition of Kolkata International Book Fair. A 10 member French literary delegation, headed by French cultural Minister Francoise Nyssem, will be attending the fair.
The announcement was made by French ambassador Alexandre Zeigler, during a press conference held at Press Club of India. The fair, which is one of the largest around the world, will commence on January 31 and will last till February 11, at the Salt Lake Central Park.
Speaking at the conference, Ambassador Zeigler mentioned that noted French novelists, poets, and translators are coming for the Kolkata Book Fair.
Also, Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, General Secretary of the book fair said that it's the first time they had organised joint sessions of noted writers, intellectual of West Bengal and of other parts of the country along with the visiting French literary delegation.
Kolkata Book fair is recognised by International Publisher Association of Geneva. Chatterjee stated that last year 22 lacs people attended the fair. But organisers are expecting more book lovers to attend the fair this time. For this state government has made elaborate arrangement for transportation. More than 175 special bus service will be running from different corners of the city.
Providing further information, Chatterjee said that during the Book Fair, highest order of merit- the legion of honour - will be conferred to the legendary film actor Soumitra Chatterjee by the French minister of Culture.
The fair will be inaugurated by the eminent French author Leonora Miano along with the chief minister of West Bengal, in presence of the French minister, on January 30 at 5-30 pm. The closing ceremony will be of Bonjour India festival which is unique in nature.
The 5th edition of Kolkata Literature festival –an integral part of the International book fair - will be held at the auditorium of the fair ground for three days, starting from February 10. Many writers from abroad will participate in this festival as told by the Director of the KLF Sujata Sen.
As in the previous years, a lucky draw will be held during throughout and the winners will get gift vouchers to purchase books.
The grand finale will be organised on the last day of the Fair and the winner will get a new car. The main roads of the book fair will be named after legends of France in celebration of the 70th year of Indo-French relationship. Celebration of the 70th year of Indo-French relationship.