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World book fair comes to Delhi

books Updated: Feb 24, 2012 15:05 IST

Chirag Mohanty Samal, Hindustan Times
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There’s some good news for book lovers in the Capital — the 20th edition of the world book fair, which starts today, is not only a better and bigger version, but also celebrates and salutes the city for completing 100 years.

“We have tied up with the state government and are putting up a Delhi pavilion to showcase books and photographs enumerating the evolution of Delhi over the past 100 years. There is a major focus on the Capital, as it has hosted the fair for a long time now,” says MA Sikandar, director of NBT. Known for its innovative themes, this year, the World book fair has picked Indian cinema as its theme. “Indian cinema will complete 100 years in 2013, and to celebrate its success as a powerful medium, we have tied up with the Culture Ministry to showcase 400 books on Indian cinema in different languages. We also have a catalogue of the books that are being showcased. This is a collector’s item.” says Sikandar.

This year, the fair is also emphasising on the look and feel of the event. “The theme pavilion has been designed like a theatre. We will also be screening award-winning regional movies based on literary works. There will also be discussions and seminars involving stalwarts from the fields of cinema and literature,” says Sikandar.

However, the highlight of the event will be the presence of celebrity authors, who will be a part of interactive sessions. “The names will be announced gradually. There are around 10-12 of them, mostly Indians and non-controversial names,” reveals Sikandar. Day long activities such as book releases, discussions, seminars, forums, talks on books, story telling sessions and workshops for kids have also been planned.

This year, there is also a bigger international presence. Around 30 foreign publishers and organisations are a part of the event, including first timers like Iran and Afro-Asian countries. “The fair this time will be a lot livelier,” says Sikandar.

Catch it here

What: World Book fair

When: On till March 4

Timing: 11am to 8pm

Entry: Rs. 20 for adult, R10 for children

Where: Pragati Maidan

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line

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