The month-long annual ‘Amar Ekushey Boi Mela’ is set to be inaugurated in the capital today (Wednesday).
A three-day ‘International Literature Conference’ will also be held at the fair venue from Thursday, the 2nd day of the book fair.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate both the book fair and the literature conference on the Bangla Academy premises at 3pm.
Manfred Chobot from Austria, Jona Burghardt and Tobias Burghardt from Germany, Luz Maria Lopez and Maria De Los Angles Camacho Rivas from Puerto Rico and Prof Dong You Chen from China will be present at the inaugural ceremony as distinguished foreign guests.
The Bangla Academy Shahitya Puroshkar (Literary award) will also be distributed at the opening ceremony.
There will be a seminar at the main stage of the fair at 4pm every day from February 5 to February 28.
As in previous year, the fair venue has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some changes.
Authorities have allotted a total of 663 units – 114 at the Bangla Academy ground to 80 organisatons and 549 at Suhrawardy Udyan — to 329 organisations.
Besides, 15 pavilions have been allocated for 14 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy.
There will be strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
Bangla Academy will organise the International Literature Conference to build a good bonding among the local and foreign writers, poets, novelists as well as to create a platform to exchange their literary works.
A total of 27 foreign poets, writers, intellectuals from seven countries will participate in the conference.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh