DHAKA, Feb 04, 2018 (BSS) -On the fourth day today the Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2018 wore a festive look with a vibrant presence of book lovers, projecting diversified Bangla literature and different forms of art and culture.
With huge enthusiasm and curiosity, thousands of visitors of all ages flocked to different stalls and pavilions to find out books of their beloved writers.
The stall attendants were seen busy dealing with the visitors and big smiles flashed on the faces of the publishers as a good number of crowd thronged to different stalls and pavilions.
The month-long book fair began on February 1 on the premises of Bangla Academy and its adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city.
The arrival of 120 new books was witnessed yesterday meaning the total number of new books stood at 175 till the third day of the fair, Bangla Academy sources said. The published books included various genres of literature such as poetry, novel and short story, they added.
Writers, booklovers and publishers observed that the Amar Ekushey Book has now become a festival of all ages of people. This is a great success of the book fair, they added.
Recalling his memories about the book fair during his early life, a visitor said, "This book fair was held in a limited scale..... Gradually the fair is expanding its scale because of huge response of writers, book lovers and publishing houses."
The people of all ages eagerly keep waiting for the fair throughout year to buy new books of their favorite writers, share and exchange on literary works, he added.
Necessary security arrangements have already been made with the installation of 250 closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in and around the Bangla Academy complex. The law enforcers have been deployed in large numbers to ensure foolproof security.
The book fair will remain open for all from 3pm to 9pm on working days and 11am to 9pm on government holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and offering prayers. It will continue till February 28.
Two main entry gates have been erected at Teacher-Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and Doyel Chattar.
Poets and writers from 15 countries will join the International Literature Conference, 2018 to be held on February 22-23.
A total of 800 stalls including 670 book stalls, 150 stalls of little magazines and some stalls of different socio-cultural organizations have been installed in the book fair covering an area of 1.50 lakh square feet. Bangla Academy will publish 146 new books this year.
The authorities for the first time have included the Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at the Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the book fair.
A mancha (stage) for holding publication ceremonies and programme on unveiling covers of the books has been installed at the Suhrawardy Udyan while discussions and seminars will be held every day on the main mancha erected on the Bangla Academy premises.