Mega book fair to be organised in Ramanathapuram for the first time

The district administration has decided to organise a ‘Mega book fair’ here from January 25 to February 2, brining cheer to students and book lovers in this district.

The maiden book fair in the district, jointly organised by the district administration and the National Book Trust (NBT), is expected to virtually be a treasure hunt for students, book worms and general public as all types of books will be showcased in about 100 stalls, according to official sources.

The Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI), which organised the annual book fair in Chennai, would take part in the fair and it was expected to bring in major publishers to showcase their books, they said.

District Collector K. Nanthakumar, who had been toying with the idea of organising a book fair on a large scale for quite sometime, held a consultative meeting with officials of all departments here on Monday, and decided to make the fair attractive not only for the students and book lovers but also for other sections of society.

The book fair to be organised at Ramanathapuram Raja Higher Secondary School ground, would be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on working days and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on holidays.

To attract the entertainment-starved residents of the district, the organisers had lined up a variety of cultural and literary events in the evenings on all days of the fair. The Department of Art and Culture would make the evenings glitter with entertainment programmes, they added.

Special debates, orientation and guidance programmes to benefit students aspiring for civil services and preparing for competitive examinations would be the highlight of the fair, the sources said.

Writers and Scholars would deliver special talks during the nine-day fair.

A food festival, coinciding with the book fair, would be organised to stress the importance of traditional food items.

Lip-smacking dishes prepared in ragi, maize and kudhiraivali would be on sale at minimum prices in the stalls, the sources said.

“The book fair is organised mainly to inculcate and encourage reading habit among the students,” the sources added.