Kolkata: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and the Minister of State for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh, KM Khalid, will be present at the inaugural ceremony of the Kolkata International Book Fair (IKBF) 2022 from February 28.
It is the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the organizers of the fair, has decided to pay special attention to Bangladesh during this edition of the book fair, said on Wednesday Guild General Secretary Tridib Chatterjee.
The famous Bangladeshi writer Selina Hossain will also be present at the inauguration and will participate in the literary speech during the book fair.
The 13-day book fair would be held on the ground of Central Park in Salt Lake.
He said three doors of the book fair will be the replica of three books written by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh.
Among the other gates, there will be a Satyajit Ray Gate in tribute to the maestro on the occasion of his 100th birthday and Abanindranath Gate which is a tribute to the writer, artist Abanindranath Tagore.
Twenty countries will participate in the Kolkata International Book Fair 2022.
Iran will participate for the first time this year. Bangladesh will host about 50 publishers in its pavilion.
For the first time in the history of the Kolkata International Book Fair, the IKBF will have a live virtual presence on the book fair’s website and social media pages, Chatterjee said.
Those who are staying abroad and cannot come to the book fair can watch the fair and its various programs online, Chatterjee said.
There will be approximately 600 booths and 200 Little Magazine publishers.
To foster reading habits, the Guild has instituted “Buy Books and Win a Book Library Campaign like in the past.”
As part of the campaign, the Book Bumper Library raffle will be held during the four days of the show.
“Each of these days we will have a lucky winner who will take home a gift coupon of Rs 25,000 each,” Guild President Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey said.
“Also please note that this year more new books are published by small and medium publishers during the book fair.” he added.
The book fair could not be held last year due to the pandemic.
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