Books of interest for children, youth, women and all segments of society will be available for sale at the 13 annual Visalaandhra Book Festival beginning here at Turner’s Choultry on Thursday.

Being organised under the aegis of Visalaandhra Book House, the 28-day book festival will have stalls by 100 reputed publishers including Cambridge, Penguin and Pustak Mahal. About 10,000 varieties of books ranging from literacy, religion, fashion, songs, tailoring, film, sex to philosophy will be put up for sale.

The books are priced at Rs. 2 to Rs.1,000. “We are offering a discount of 10 per cent. All those making purchase of above Rs.500 will qualify for a lucky-dip. A gift box of books will be offered to the first and second prize winners. Lucky-dip will also be there for all those visiting the exhibition,” Book House manager P.A. Raju and Visalaandhra chief reporter M.R.N. Varma told reporters on Wednesday.

They said they had total sales of books worth Rs.15 lakh and this year they were expecting sales worth Rs.20 lakh.

The exhibition will remain open from 11 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. every day. Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao will inaugurate. Literary meetings will be held on 11 days.

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