The 25th Patna Book Fair will begin from today, November 8, 2019 at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. The book fair conducted by Centre for Readership Development (CRD) is set on the theme ‘Tree, Water, Life’ Close to 780 stalls will be put up for the fair which will be showcasing books from more than 250 publishers. The event will conclude on November 18, 2019.
The Chairman of Centre for Readership Development, Ratneshwar said that the book fair which will be conducted for 11 days will have interesting events that are expected to attract book lovers. Along with books, the fair will also have interactive sessions. The main attraction for this year’s book fair, he added is Jansamvad which will have a participation of prominent writers, intellectuals, environmentalists and Journalists. Along with this a poetry session will also be organized providing a platform for budding poets. Storytelling sessions, street plays, essay writing competitions, and open discussions will also be a major part of the Patna Book Fair, he added.
Members from the organizing committee of the book fair said that the preparations are in motion adding that the CRD has been hosting book fairs for the last 30 years. The book fest was however not hosted the previous year due to reasons such as the passing away of one of the founding members, Rajesh Kumar. This year in his memory the main entry gate of the book fair will be named after him. The member from the organizing committee added.
Apart from that, a scholarship in his memory – Rajesh Kumar Memorial Scholarship which is worth Rs.15, 000 will be given away to one meritorious student belonging to the economically weaker section.
He further added that the book fair will also be awarding young achievers of Bihar in the field of literature, journalism, theatre, and art. With the theme of this year’s book fair being ‘Tree, Water, Life’ the event will have a greener look decorated with green plants matching the theme. The differently-abled -persons will be provided with free entry and arrangements for e-rickshaws and wheelchairs inside the campus will also be made for the convenience of the people coming to the fair.