The Amar Ekushey book fair will start on February 1

Officials urge visitors to maintain proper health guidelines at the fair

Since the Covid-19 pandemic situation is relatively tolerable at the moment, the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair will begin on February 1 of next year.

The Bangla Academy authorities have decided to continue the book fair until the scheduled time of February 28.

The authorities have already undertaken elaborate programs to make the fair a success, coinciding with the theme “Bangabandhu er Jonmo Shotoborsho ebong Swadhinotar Suborno Joyonti (Birth of the centenary of Bangabandhu and Golden Jubilee of independence)”.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the Amar Ekushey Book Fair, said Jalal Uddin Ahmed, director of Bangla Academy and secretary member of the Ekushey Book Fair committee.

He hopes that the book fair will be successful.

He said all pragmatic steps have been taken to organize a giant program in fairgrounds marking the centenary of the birth of the nation’s father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.

Ahmed also urged all concerned, including visitors, to maintain proper health guidelines during the book fair.

The Bangla Academy is taking the necessary steps to follow strict hygiene rules considering the Omicron variant so that book lovers can come for a walk in safety, he added.

“Last year a total of 460 publishing houses participated in the book fair and they will also participate in the book fair again,” he continued.

Regarding the facilities given to publishers, Ahmed said: they (the publishers) will be able to pay the stand rent at the fair in installments.

“They will take advantage of such an opportunity for the first time,” he said.

He further said that the Jan. 5 deadline for paying rent for the booth has also been extended.

Claiming that the publishers paid the rent on the stalls at the end of November last year, he added this time, the payment deadline has been extended for the benefit of the publishers.

Speaking to BSS, Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Association (BAPUS) Chief Advisor Osman Gani stressed the need to adopt a comprehensive annual plan for the book fair, as it is presented as a globally recognized event.

Gani, also editor of Agamee Prakashani, praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s affection for books and literature, saying, “I have seen Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sincerity regarding books. I have published fifteen books about it.

He called for the combined efforts of all parties involved so that publishers can get more facilities in the book fair.

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