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As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, love-struck couples must be busy deciding their dating places for the special day. The search gets confined to restaurants, malls and other such places that claim special offers on the cupid’s day. Well, this time you can give a break to your normal dates and can celebrate the day with your loved ones in the company of books!

Yes, you heard it right. The New Delhi World Book Fair 2015 is commencing on February 14 at Pragati Maidan. And if your loved one is a cricket fan, you can give him/her the best Valentine Day gift ever. Virender Sehwag is expected to pay a visit there and what better gift to a cricket fan than a meeting with the legend himself.

As far as the ‘book lovers’,  are concerned this year the fair will mark over 1050 participants from around the globe. But the one thing to watch out for is its theme presentation based on North East. Whenever someone talks about the Seven Sisters, its breathtaking beauty flits into our mind. From people, languages, cultures, traditions to cuisines, the land possesses enormous diversity. Taking a leaf out of its literary diversity, the fair will present Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from North East India that focuses on the rich corpus of writing from the region, the land and its people.

Singapore which is the Guest of Honour country will be participating with the 43-member strong delegation of publisher, authors and scholars. South Korea being the focus country will be participating with a 12-member delegation. Over 200 Korean books will be released during the fair.

National Book Trust will also be releasing around 25 books over the period of the fair.

This year the fair has introduced three initiatives that include CEO Speak, Rights Table and Author’s Corner. More than 100 CEOs and dignitaries from the industry will discuss book-trade related issues at the CEOSpeak Publishers Forum on February 15. The Right Table is a two-day event (February 16 -17) that will offer a B2B match making session between publishers.

A joint venture of NBT and ITPO, Delhi World Book Fair 2015 will be inaugurated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development in the presence of author Narendra Kohli. Lim Thuan Kuan, High Commissioner of Singapore to India.

Apart from Singapore and South Korea, 28 other countries like – France, Nepal, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, USA among others will be displaying their books in the Foreign Pavilion. For children, apart from the several activities, their pavilion will be organising various interactive sessions with the authors, illustrators and storytellers.

Like previous year, this year too eminent authors and literary personalities will be holding interactive sessions and interactions with the visitors at various author corners.

Different art and cultural workshops, creative writing/drawing competitions for children and cultural programmes have been organised that will add on to the festive mood all throughout the book fair. So, do pay a visit to the place, doesn’t matter if you are a book lover or not!
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