A total of 1,932 books, including 192 on the 14th day on Wednesday, have so far been published in the month-long Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela (book fair) against 1,633 books during the period of last year’s fair.
The book fair began on Wednesday at 3:00pm with a moderate crowd wearing colourful dresses as it was the Valentine’s Day.
Some 573 poetry books have so far been published in the book fair, highest in terms of a single category, till the 14th day while the number of books on novel, stories and essays is 335, 259, and 103 respectively, reports UNB.
The books on research (45), rhyme (41), children literature (63), biography (51), compiled editions of book (9), Liberation War (40), drama (11), science (32), travelogue (44), history (63), medicine and health (7), riddle ( 8), religion (9), translation (16), dictionary (4), science fiction (27) and others (175) have been published since the beginning of the fair.
Publishers from across the country are publishing a huge number of books on different issues every day while Bangla Academy is exhibiting 141 newly printed and reprinted books.
A discussion titled ‘Inactiveness of the Children Organisation and Cultural Evolution of the Children’ was held at 4:00pm today at the main stage with Mohit Kamal presenting the keynote speech. Subrata Borua, Hasan Shahriar and Dilara Hafiz took part in the discussion with Hashem Khan in the chair.
A discussion titled ‘Bengali Literature in Arakanese Court’ will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday at the main stage with professor Golam Mostofa presenting the keynote speech. Ahmed Kabir, Syed Mohammad Shahed and M Abdul Alim will take part in discussion with Mohammad Abdul Kaiyum in the chair. This will be followed by a cultural event.
In recent years, the venue of the fair has been expanded to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.
The authorities allotted a total of 719 units - 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisations and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.
There are strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
Books are being sold at 25 per cent discount while transaction through the bKash is offering 10 more per cent discount.