Kolkata book fair to start on January 30 amid strict security measures against Covid


The book fair will be an open congregation to be held in Central Park in Salt Lake in preparation for the pandemic. The number of booksellers would remain the same but their size would be reduced.

The book fair did not take place this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Representative image)

The 45th Kolkata International Book Fair will kick off on January 30 amid strict security measures related to COVID-19, officials said on Tuesday. It will be an open congregation to be held in Central Park in Salt Lake due to the pandemic, they said.

The number of booksellers would remain the same but their size would be reduced.

The mask will be mandatory for visitors and participants, officials said after a meeting at the Secretary of State with the organizers – the Publishers and Booksellers Guild.

The eighth Kolkata Literature Festival would also be held in Central Park next to the fair.

About 580 publishers and booksellers participate in the book fair, billed as the largest in the world in terms of attendance, according to industry sources. The book fair will continue until February 13 and the thematic country will be Bangladesh to mark the centenary of the birth of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee year of his independence.

The book fair did not take place this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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