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Kolkata International Book Fair 2014 Kicks Off

January 28, 2014 | By

Although it now has some arch rivals in the New Delhi World Book Fair, the Chennai Book Fair and so on, the Kolkata Book Fair is known for its sheer vibrancy and a keen and curious crowd of readers who love to browse all kinds of books.

The 38th edition of the Kolkata International Book Fair 2014 kicked off on 28 January 2014 at the Milan Mela grounds.The focal theme country this year is Peru and the several dignitaries from this South American country would be participating in the events.

Pandit Ravishankar at the 1995 Kolkata Book Fair

Pandit Ravishankar at the 1995 Kolkata Book Fair. Apart from the regular book loving audience, the Kolkata Book Fair has traditionally attracted celebrity visitors as well.

This renowned book fair, popularly known as “Boi Mela” (Bengali for book fair) was initially started by the Kolkata Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Guild in order to meet the growing public demand of books at a time when there was a dearth of bookstores in the country, and it has since achieved humongous growth in all these years.

In this city of the bookworms and bibliophiles, the Book Fair has achieved cult status. It is popularly believed that Kolkatans save through the year to buy books of their choice at the annual book jamboree.

Although it now has some arch rivals in the New Delhi World Book Fair, the Chennai Book Fair and so on, the Kolkata Book Fair is known for its sheer vibrancy and a keen and curious crowd of readers who love to browse all kinds of books from the regular and usual to the unusual and even weird. Apart from the regular book loving audience, the Kolkata Book Fair has traditionally attracted celebrity visitors as well.  

There are many new initiatives Kolkata International Book Fair 2014 including an user-friendly website, an option of Privilege Cards for internet-savvy readers which will give readers an additional 15% discount on the purchase of books worth 500 and above.

Book Fair 2014 Schedule

The inauguration took place on 28 January 2014 at 4:30 pm with Smt Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal being the chief guest. The fair will run through 29 January—9 February 2014, 1 pm to 8 pm.

Other Details/Dates of Events

29.01.2014 (4.30 pm)

Ashok Sarkar Memorial Lecture by Ms Patricia Balbuena, Peruvian Minister of State for Intercultural Affairs.

30.01.2014 to 1.02.2014

Kolkata Language And Literature Festival

02.02.2014 (3.15 pm )

Is Gen Y reading today: A panel Discussion by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Samares Mazumdar, Nabanita Devsen, Dipanwita Roy, Bithi Chattopadhyay and Jhimli Mukherjee Pande

04.02.2014 (4 pm)

Supriya Sarkar Memorial Lecture by Professor Sugato Marjit

04.02.2014 (5 pm)

D Mehra Memorial Lecture by Tushar Gandhi. Chief Guest: M K Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal.

07.02.2014 (4:30 pm)

Award Presentation Ceremony

09.02.2014 (9 pm)

Closing Ceremony

For more details visit the official website of Kolkata International Book Fair.

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