Book lovers in the Capital now have reason to rejoice. The biannual event has just been converted into an annual event. World Book Fair 2013 began in the Capital on Monday with book-lovers thronging the exhibition. The fair was inaugurated by the Minister of State for HRD, Dr Shashi Tharoor. MP Karan Singh and French Ambassador Francois Richier were also present at the inaugural ceremony. The week-long fair being held at the Pragati Maidan displays books of all kinds and genres in both national and international category.
The fair has nearly 1,100 exhibitors from 28 countries exhibiting books in about 2,100 stalls. Stalls have been set up by foreign publishers from countries like the US, Nepal, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka and South Korea. The book fair is organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and co-organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation.
It has around 200 participants and the theme of the fair this year is Indigenous Voices: Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature where France is the guest country. Keeping the theme in mind, the fair has a special exhibition of books on various aspects of folk and tribal literature, culture, exhibits of art and crafts, workshops and panel discussions.
‘France is the guest country of honour with focus on its publishing industry and its contemporary literature through a large contingent of publishers, authors and scholars,’ said MA Sikander, director, National Book Trust. ‘The main aim of the organisers is to captivate children. We wish to sensitise and improve the reading habits of youngsters. To keep them interested and involved, the organisers have made a children and youth pavilion,’ he further said.
There are discussions and special sections for youth and children. Many NGOs, colleges, schools and government institutions are participating and organising various activities for youngsters and children to promote book culture among them.
A special inclusion for e-books has also been made where the developers, publishers, and content providers are displaying their e-books. For the first time, NBT has set up four author corners in the fair where more than 75 eminent authors in English, Hindi and other Indian languages will hold reading sessions and interact with readers.
At: Pragati Maidan
On Till: 10 February
Timings: 10 am- 7 pm