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Book lovers’ paradise

books Updated: Mar 18, 2010 17:23 IST
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An open-air library, books on discount, book readings and musical performances — it’s all there at the Spring Fever 2010, currently on at the India Habitat Centre.

Presented by Penguin India, the nine-day book festival houses Penguin India titles published through the last decade and a complete selection of children’s books from Puffin and Ladybird.

The books, available at discounted prices, are a hit with the crowd. Hemali Sodhi, Vice President Marketing and Corp Communication, Penguin, said, “The concept of the open-air library is unique. Every reader is welcome to browse through our books in a relaxed environment and participate in the interactive sessions during the evenings.”

Unlike the past, when such literary festivals had narrower themes, this one brings any genres together. “The idea is to encapsulate the feel of spring,” explains Sodhi.

So book lovers can browse through titles on a whole range of topics. On Thursday, readers can get a sneak peek into upcoming titles at an interactive session with authors such as Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Yann Martel, Sarita Mandanna and Omair Ahmad. There’s also an element of Bollywood for those who like their drama — a Bollywood quiz called Mere Pass Maa Hai on Saturday evening. Writers such as William Dalrymple and Sam Miller, who have written extensively about the Capital, will end the show in a special session based on Delhi titled Trickster City.

On from 11 am to 7 pm, at the amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. On till March 21.