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Jamshedpur Book Fair all set to offer treat to bibliophiles


72 publishers to showcase rich collection
: A total of 72 publishers from across the country will showcase a rich diversity of novels, essays, short stories at the 29th Jamshedpur Book Fair starting November 15.

The ten-day annual Jamshedpur Book Fair will begin at Rabindra Bhawan at Sakchi premises here from November 11. Organised by The Tagore Society, about 72 publishers from Kolkata, New Delhi, Patna, Mumbai and other parts of the country will take part in the book fair. The fair will be inaugurated by social worker Ruchi Narendran.

Ashis Chowdhury, general secretary of the society said books in English, Hindi, Bengali, Santhali and Gurumukhi would be available in the fair. There would be 210 stalls at the fair.

“Book lovers eagerly wait for the annual fair. Our basic idea is to promote rich literature of different languages and so were keen to have books of all regional languages at the fair,” said Chowdhury. He went on to add that Sahitya Academy from Kolkata has been invited to provide books on tribal culture.

The last edition of the fair attracted about 70,000 visitors with sales record touching Rs 94 lakhs.

He also went on to inform that all precautionary measures such as installing CCTV, fire-fighters, dog squad have been made to ensure life and property during the fair. The society has also lined up events like seminars of literature, quizzes, compilation of songs and cultural programmes to attract book lovers.

“Our priority is more on quality publishers and not just quantity. We would like book lovers to come and enjoy books to cultivate a reading habit,” said the secretary of Tagore Society.

It may be mentioned that Tagore Society, a city based leading educational and cultural organisation, has been organising book fair from more than two decades. Celebrities like writer Mahashweta Devi, quizmaster Neil O’ Brien have participated in the fair. Special arrangements are being made for the fair since this is the 29th year.

The organisors believe that the more children get exposure to a platform where publishers with so many books gather at one place. The interest in reading can thus be developed among children.

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