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India hopes for book boost after Frankfurt Book Fair

India expects a boost for its publishing industry when it stars as the guest country at the world's biggest book fair in Frankfurt.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 12:49 IST

India expects a boost for its publishing industry when it stars as the guest country at the world's biggest book fair in the German city of Frankfurt in October, organisers have said.

The coordinator of India's exhibition at the show, Nuzhat Hassan, said yesterday that some 200 publishing houses and more than 20 Indian authors including Amitav Gosh and Amit Chaudhuri had already confirmed their appearance at the fair.

The Indian pavilion will span some 4,000 square metres showcasing the latest literature and non-fiction under the banner "Today's India" at the October 4-8 event.

Hassan said it was not yet clear whether stars such as Salman Rushdie or Arundhati Roy would be attending but said that organisers aimed to present a broad picture of the country in all its linguistic and cultural diversity.

And the event also aims to spotlight "Exile India" with writers, like Rushdie, who live in the United States or Britain.

 
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Museums in the German business capital plan exhibitions of Indian art to run during the book fair while the German Film Museum is planning a festival of classic Indian pictures and Bollywood blockbusters.

The Indian publishing industry with its 600 million readers boasts annual turnover of about USD 685 million on some 80,000 books, Hassan said.

Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos said German publishers aimed to have about 50 Indian literary titles and 50 non-fiction books translated into German by the start of the fair but said there was a shortage of translators for some of the more obscure regional languages.

First Published: Jun 03, 2006 12:49 IST