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GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER: Publishers and book-sellers getting their stalls ready for the 30th Chennai Book Fair that opens at St. George's School, Kilpauk, on Wednesday. Photo: M. Vedhan.
GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER: Publishers and book-sellers getting their stalls ready for the 30th Chennai Book Fair that opens at St. George's School, Kilpauk, on Wednesday. Photo: M. Vedhan.

Staff Reporter

There will be lucky draw, discount, hall of fame, competitions, science park for children and what not!

CHENNAI: The 30th Chennai Book Fair is opening bigger and better, with more books and some movies, at St. George's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School on Wednesday.

A new feature this year would be a film festival featuring short and documentary films from India and abroad every day of the fair, starting from Friday at A. K. Chettiar Hall.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi would inaugurate the fair at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. About one crore books would be displayed in more than 450 stalls across 1 lakh square feet. More than 2000 new titles, including translations, are expected to be available. There are also a few stalls exclusively for Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi, said Gandhi Kannadasan, president, Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India.

The additional space available at the school, more than that at the old venue Quaid-E-Millet College means that there is more space for parking and for a food court offering northern and southern Indian and Chinese cuisine, besides snacks and juices.

Special additions to the fair would be a stall `Kalaignar Arivukoodam'. It would felicitate the Chief Minister by displaying his contributions to Tamil language and literature.

A science park for children would be set up and science programmes for children held everyday. Drawing competitions for young children would be held at the venue.

An oratorical contest for high school and college students with book coupons as prizes was held on Monday.

A hall of fame would display all books that have won the Nobel Prize, Booker Prize, Bharatiya Basha Parishad and Sahitya Akademi prizes.

Eminent speakers would be anchoring literary evenings, discussing topics including music and literature starting 6 p.m.

The slot on Thursday would exclusively be for women with speakers discussing physiological and psychological issues concerning women in the modern world.

The customary 10 per cent discount on books purchased at the fair would be available. The entry fee remains Rs. 5 with free entry for children.

A daily lucky dip with books as prizes for visitors to the fair now would have the bumper prize of a visit to Singapore for two persons every day.

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