New Delhi World Book Fair 2022 Postponed Due to Rise in Covid-19 Cases | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The 30th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which was scheduled to be held in Pragati Maidan from January 8 to 16, has been postponed due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the capital national.
New dates for NDWBF, held online last year due to the Covid pandemic, will be announced separately, he said.
First held in 1972, the NDWBF planned to celebrate its Golden Jubilee with a photo exhibition this year.
“In view of the latest DDMA guidelines and requests from various stakeholders, NDWBF 2022 has been postponed. The new dates will be announced separately,” said National Book Trust (NBT), the event’s organizer, in the communicated. .
To contain the spread of Covid, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided on Tuesday to impose a weekend curfew in the city. The curfew will be in effect between 10 p.m. on Friday and 5 a.m. on Monday.
Big publishing houses like Penguin Random House India (PRHI) and Bloomsbury, which were not attending the next book fair anyway, welcomed the decision of the organizers to postpone the book fair in the current scenario.
While Krishna Naroor, Vice President (Sales and Marketing), Bloomsbury India, said they can foresee the postponement decision amid the current Covid situation; Nandan Jha, Senior Vice President (Sales and Products), PRHI praised NBT’s “timely and prudent” decision to postpone the event, keeping current developments in mind.
“We had discussed in detail when the trade show participation announcement came out last year and made the conscious decision not to participate as we did not know how things were going to play out in this Covid situation,” said Naroor at PTI.
“The NDWF is a great opportunity for publishers to showcase their publications, and it’s a good time to engage with customers in general… so yes if it’s happening three or four months down the road and we see a feeling of normality come back, we too could participate, “he added.
That said, the announcement of the postponement of the show was a “bit of a disappointment” for several small publishing houses, such as Garuda Prakashan, which had planned numerous book launches and more than half a dozen events. ‘authors planned for the show. .
“The postponement of the book fair disappointed us a bit, because things were looking better after a gap of more than a year. We are always passionate about such physical events and we had planned several events with our authors during this fair. However, we must take it in our wake, because ultimately the health of our readers and everyone involved in the organization of the fair is more important. We hope that when things get back to normal we will come back big, ”said Ankur Pathak, Director and COO of Garuda Prakashan.
The theme of this year’s festival was “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, commemorating 75 years of Indian independence. Numerous literary and cultural programs, including a special children’s corner, a yuva corner, seminars, debates, workshops, have been organized with France as the guest country.
(With PTI entries)
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