Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the 18th edition of the DC International Book Fair and Cultural Fest at the Kanakakunnu palace grounds here on Tuesday. More than 350 publishing houses are participating in the fair which will be on till October 13.

Inaugurating the fair, Mr. Chandy said DC Books had attained a pride of place in the world of letters in the past few decades. An English translation of P.T. Chacko’s book ‘O.C. Stories,’ a collection of anecdotes about the Chief Minister’s life, was also released at the function.

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor handed over the first copy of the book to former Additional Chief Secretary Babu Paul.

A deluxe edition of O.N.V. Kurup’s ‘Ujjayini’ was also released. Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar inaugurated the cultural festival.

The second day of the event will witness the release of titles, ‘Gandhiji: Oru Ardhanagnavaayana’ by S. Gopalakrishnan; ‘Gandhi: Oru Anweshanam’ by M. Gangadharan; and ‘Sagaratheeram muthal Himalayasikharam vare’ by P.G. Tenzing. Film director Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Transport Commissioner Rishiraj Singh will grace the occasion. This will be followed by Sargolsavam, a cultural event. On October 3, iRank, an imprint of DC Books, will organise a career guidance seminar titled ‘Malsarapareekshakalum Thayaareduppum.’ Film director Priyadarshan’s book ‘Ormakilukkam’ will be released on the day.

On October 4, actor Manju Warrier’s book ‘Sallaapam’ will be released at 3 p.m. in the presence of Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi and film director Sibi Malayil. ‘Dasopanishath,’ ‘Mahamrithyunjayam,’ and ‘Upaasana’ annotated by P.D. Sukesh will be released at 5.30 p.m.

On October 5, writers Anand, Jeevan Job Thomas, and Pramod Raman; social activist Maithreyan; journalist C. Gouridasan Nair; and academic Mini Sukumar will take part in a discussion titled Laingikaathikramanakaalathe Rathi.’ On October 6, Kavalam Narayana Panicker’s ‘Kavalam Naatakangal’ and M. Krishnan Nair’s ‘Njanum RCCyum’ will be released along with the ‘Novelistinte kala’ and Nirabhedhangal,’ translations of Orhan Pamuk’s works; ‘Aanayude Savaari,’ translation of Jose Saramago’s work; Manu Joseph’s ‘Serious men;’ Anjali Joseph’s ‘Saraswati Park;’ and ‘Rahasyangalum Nunakalum, translation of Jaishree Mishra’s work.

350 publishing houses taking part in DC International Book Fair which will be on till October 13.