book fair: smaller stalls at the book fair to create more open spaces | Kolkata News


Kolkata: The 45th International Book Fair due to start Feb. 28 and run through March 13 at the Central Park Mela Ground in Salt Lake will have more open space than in pre-Covid years in the wake of the pandemic.
According to the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which organizes the book fair, the square footage of stalls will be reduced by up to a third in many cases to create more open space to meet Covid safety guidelines. The number of booths will also be higher this time around as several new publishers have been allocated space.
Bangladesh will be the central thematic country this year. It will have a sprawling pavilion with several publishers and authors from the neighboring country participating in the book fair.
“We were unable to organize the book fair last year due to the pandemic. This time it is starting late due to the third wave, but we have received all clearances from the administration,” said Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, Honorary Guild Secretary.
There will be over 600 booths this time. “Several new publishers had requested separate booths, so we have allocated space for them. This will include nearly 200 booths for smaller magazines. There will be nine doors in total,” Chatterjee said.
The pandemic posed a challenge in organizing a fair of this magnitude. “All government recommended safety guidelines will be followed. Many stalls have been reduced in size to create more open space in the mela grounds for visitors,” said Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey, Guild President.
The book fair will also celebrate the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee year of Bangladesh’s independence. This is the third time that Bangladesh has been the focus country. “There will be a sprawling pavilion from Bangladesh and several publishers and authors from the neighboring country will be present at the book fair,” said Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, chief coordinator of the national implementation committee for the centenary celebration of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The international complex will also have the presence of countries such as Great Britain, the United States, Russia, Italy, Japan, Iran, Spain and Mexico.
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