World Book Fair Kicks off in Delhi Today

Dated: January 07, 2017

The much awaited World Book Fair 2017 is starting today ie 7th of Jaunuary to 15th of January at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi with also National Book Trust celebrating its 60 years by hosting Asia’s largest book fair. The fair is said to be inaugurated by Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Human Resources Development (Higher Education), with Dr Pratibha Ray, noted Odia author and Jnanpith awardee as the Guest of Honour and Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the delegation of the European Union to India as the Special Guest.

The theme of this year’s fair is ‘Manushi’ which is said to be focusing on the writing on and by women. The basic idea is to project the diversity of writing by women and to bust the homogeneity of ‘women writers’. There will also be a display of portraits of 12 representative women scholars of the ancient and medieval India which have been developed for the 2017 calendar of National Book Trust. Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman NBT said that Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development would inaugurate the Theme Pavilion on January 10.

Over 20 countries are participating in the foreign pavilion in the Fair at Hall no 7 A,B,C. The fair also provides a platform for B2B activities for publishers form India and abroad, which includes CEOSpeak on ‘The idea and business of creating culture of reading: Experiences and challenges across societies’. Over 40 publishers will be participating in New Delhi Rights Table- a 2day event, from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Egypt, Georgia, USA, Kenya and UK.

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