Month long Ekushey book fair will be inaugurated by the prime minister tomorrow. Prime minister will also handover this year’s Bangla Academy award to eleven different personalities which is already declared.
Breaking the tradition Bangla Academy has extended the fair to adjacent Sharawardi Uddyan. It was a longstanding demand from the publishers and book lovers to extend the fair. It was so congested in the Bangla Academy premises; book lovers were finding it very difficult to check books on different stalls of the fair. But it is expected that there will be adequate space for book lovers this year.
Publishers are busy with making their stalls, writers are doing last moment checking of their proofs; virtually they are in competition in bringing new books before others for the fair. Book binders are so busy their weekly holiday is suspended. Presses of Banglabazar, Arambag, Sutrapur, Shahbagg, kataban area are running without break. Two hundred and seventy seven organizations including two hundred and thirty publishers are participating in this year’s fair.