New Delhi World Book Fair 2013: A Crowd Puller!

0 Posted by - February 8, 2013 - Non-Fiction

French writers, world literature, folk traditions, writing workshops and children’s competitions – World Book Fair 2013 has something for everyone. The Guest of Honour country, France, has planned several exciting events showcasing their publishing industry, cuisine and cinema. The theme of the World Book Fair is the rich literary inheritance of India’s lesser known languages and cultures. And for those interested in interacting with authors, the book fair has prepared exclusive ‘Author Corners’ for the first time. You can meet and interact with some of your favourite writers.

With 2,400 stalls and 1,119 participants, including those from 15 foreign countries, World Book Fair 2013 has certainly become bigger and better.

Reading enthusiasts at Pragati Maidan during the World Book Fair 2013

Despite the best efforts of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and National Book Trust (NBT) to take the Book Fair to another level with increased participants, it is easy to get lost here since there is no signage to indicate where a certain hall is, or which publishers are in a particular hall. However, in spite of the lack of signage, NBT’s information desks are spread across the Pragati Maidan. You can keep an eye out for them. Else, you can also buy a book that lists out details of publishers and the halls they are in at a nominal price of Rs. 150 from the information desks.

So, here’s your quick guide to the World Book Fair 2013. BOOKADDA’s sure you don’t want to waste your time finding your way around the maze that is Pragati Maidan.

Some of the stalls that are seen attracting large number of visitors are those by Penguin, Hatchette, Rockstand (e-books and e-magazines portal), Roli Books, Jaico Publishing, Harper Collins and Rupa. Also, the Children & Youth Pavilion sees a huge audience. It also showcases amazing book art from the students of the College of Arts, Delhi. Make sure you visit this section.

But before that, How to Enter?

The entry to the Book Fair will be from Gate no. 2 and 10, and the entry tickets will be available at Gate no. 2, 5, 7 and 10.

Guest of Honour: France: Hall 7

‘Bonjour India’, says the French publishing industry, as it welcomes visitors to its pavilion. You can meet celebrated authors like Kenizé Mourad, Vaiju Naravane, Tahar Ben Jelloun, or attend screenings of French films like Asterix and the Vikings, La Délicatesse and Le Voyage du to name a few. In this quasi trip to France, you can also grab a quick bite of some lip-smacking French delicacies at Le Bistrot. Also, aspiring writers can register themselves for the writing workshop by journalist and writer Dominique Sigaud.

Folk Heritage: Theme Pavilion: Hall 7E

Explore India’s literary legacy with the events tied around the single thread of the fair’s theme, Indigenous Voices – Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature. Apart from books on India’s folk and tribal traditions in all major languages of India, displays of tribal art and crafts, and a number of music and dance performances are also organised.

Spotted: Hall 7 - Shanti Devi, a Madhubani Painter and a National Awardee from Bihar

Shanti Devi's Madhubani painting on the recent rape incident in Delhi

Spotted: Hall 7E - Theme Art by the Students of College of Arts, Delhi - A Light of Knowledge (Front), The Idea Bulb (Far Back)

Author Corners: Halls 1A, 1R, 2-5

Hear authors from around the country talk about their work and life and take away signed copies of their books. An assured treat for book lovers, more than 75 writers and literary personalities from English, Hindi and other Indian languages are participating in the New Delhi World Book Fair 2013. You can catch authors like Rahul Bhattacharya, Yashodhara Lal, Ashok Banker, Rahul Pandita, Anjum Hasan, Jeet Thayil and Amitabha Bagchi.

Children & Youth Pavilion: Halls 7, 18

Hall 7 and 18 are a must visit for kids and young readers. Wondering why? Hall 7 brings to you skits, puppet shows, painting and writing sessions – everything that a kid would love. This section has workshops for parents too about how they can inculcate reading habits amongst their children. Hall 18 would also be hosting activities such as the ‘Young Author Hunt’ and ‘Storytelling’ by Michal Malinowski.

Spotted: Hall 7 - Children & Youth Pavilion

Inside the Children & Youth Pavilion

Inside the Children & Youth Pavilion

Hall-wise Distribution

  • General Publishers: Halls 1-5
  • E-book Publishers: Hall 6
  • Foreign Publishers: Hall 7A, B & C
  • Hindi Language Publications: Halls 12, 12A
  • Social Sciences & Humanities: Hall 14
  • Regional Language Publications: Hall 14
  • Educational Aids, CDs, Games: Hall 18
  • Children & Educational Books: Hall 18
  • Souvenir Shops: Halls 2-5, 7 & 18

Bookavaganza: The Joy!

Most publishers are offering fantastic discounts during the Fair. Random House Publishers, known for the books like Joseph Anton, Fifty Shades of Grey and Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England, are offering 30% discount on all their titles. HarperCollins is offering discount deals on a daily basis on select titles. You can also get a copy of author signed copies at their stalls.

Bank for the Buck is a hit at the stall of Jaico Publications, while Rupa Publication is promoting books like Krishna, Mahabharata, F?@K Knows, Chanakya’s New Manifesto after the success of books like What Young India Wants and Fallen Angel – The Making and Unmaking of Rajat Gupta. Apart from this, Rupa Publications is launching its brand new imprint for kids at the Fair – ‘Red Tutle’. The much talked about books at Roli Books were Dining with Maharajas, Dongri to Dubai and the new book to be launched Women Vision which includes the stories of nine women celebrities and their struggle of being successful. Other books that caught our eyes were Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson by Randall Sullivan and Narcopolis at Penguin Books.

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