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Monday, 20-May-2019

World Book Fair Kicks Off

New Delhi| With more than 800 Indian and 20 foreign publishers, the 44th edition of the World Book Fair kicks off today here at Pragati Maidan


The fair is one of the largest Afro-Asian country fair, set to host more than 2,500 stalls. The major focus this year would be on women authors and writings on women and their fight for emancipation under the theme ‘Manushi'.

"The basic idea is to show and project the diversity of writings by women writers and to bust the homogeneity of ‘women writers'," told Rita Chowdhary, Director, World Book Fair.

"There will also be a display of portraits of 12 representative women scholars from ancient and medieval India developed for the calendar by NBT (National Book Trust)," she said.

There will be a Children's Pavilion where seminars, story-telling sessions, workshops on creative writing would be organised. There will also be an Authors Corner where book lovers can get an opportunity to interact with eminent authors and literary personalities.

"Books have remained an integral part of our lives and our aim is to promote reading culture in India. Every year the book fair draws an immense crowd and this year too we are expecting a huge footfall," said Chowdhary.

"We try to provide all sorts of book in multiple languages under one roof in cheap price," National Book Trust Director Baldeo Bhai Sharma said.

This year's edition marks the 60th year of the NBT and a special exhibit will showcase its journey to promote reading .