Bolivia will be the focal theme country of the International Kolkata Book Fair, 2016, the Publishers and Booksellers Guild announced on Tuesday. The 40th edition of the city’s annual date with bookworms and people in the book trade will predictably pay tribute to 50 years of struggle by the Marxist revolutionary from Cuba, Che Guevera.
The book fair will be inaugurated by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 25, 2016. The fair will be held from January 27 to February 7. Vietnam will participate as a special guest-of-honour country with a 25-member team of writers, artists and publishers from that country, General Secretary of the Guild,Tridib Chatterjee said on Tuesday. “This is a great moment in world history. Che is famous for carrying out guerilla warfare against Imperialist forces”, explained Chatterjee. The fair will also see a special appearance by Spain, which is celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations with India. Vietnam will also be the Guest of Honour country.
Other countries like Guatemala, Norway, China, Bangladesh, UK, USA, France, Japan, Peru, Turkey and Latin American countries will also participate in the fair.Earlier, France was supposed to be the partner country, said Guild members.
Around 50 publishers from other Indian states would also set up stalls. “Some states like Kerala, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh are participating this time around. Usually they participate in the Mumbai and New Delhi book faisr. So the representation will be more pan-India in 2016”, said Raju Burman, partner of Rupa & Co.
Coinciding with the book fair will be the third edition of the three-day Kolkata Literature Festival to be held from February 4.This will see a bevy of eminent literary personalities from the literary world, cinema, theatre, sports, music and dance but nothing has been finalised yet, said Burman.