Saturday, January 30, 2010

World Book Fair begins in Delhi today

The World Book Fair starts in Delhi's Pragati Maidan on Saturday and will go on till February 7. The theme this year is books on sports in the backdrop of Commonwealth Games 2010.

Several publishers from India and abroad will take part in the fair including those from Pakistan but the National Book Foundation of Pakistan has decided to skip it.A prominent absentee is Pakistan’s state-run National Book Foundation. “The National Book Foundation of Pakistan has informed us that they will be unable to participate in the fair”, Nuzhat Hassan, National Book Trust (NBT) Director said. The NBT organises the book fair. Asked about the reasons for NBF’s withdrawal, Hassan said she was unaware of it.

NBT Chairman Bipin Chandra said, "This is our 19th book fair and by now it is well known not only in the country but around the world.” 22 countries, including Singapore, Japan, US, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are participating in this fair.

This year the theme of the book fair is ‘Reading our Commonwealth: An International Rights Exhibition of Books on Sports’ on the occasion of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010. 700 titles published by around 75 publishers across the country on different genres of sports are to be exhibited at the theme pavilion.

A special exhibit of books on and by Jawaharlal Nehru will also take place in this year’s fair.

VENUE : Hall Nos.1 to 14, Pragati Maidan, Mathura Road, New Delhi (India)
DURATION : From 30 January to 7 February 2010
TIME : Daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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