The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the largest literary event of the country, ended in the capital on Wednesday with record sales of books this year.
A large number of booklovers thronged the Bangla Academy premises and its adjacent Suhrawardy Udyan on the final day of the fair to take the last opportunity to buy books of their choice.Sellers were also seen busy in selling books at their stalls as most of the visitors returned home from the fair carrying favourite books in their hands on the day.
Novel, a student of Savar Cantonment College, came to the fair on the day to collect his favourite books. “I could not come to the fair at the beginning due to tight schedules of classes but I feel good now to see the crowd of booklovers.”
Total book sales at the fair reached Tk 70.54 crore this year while it was Tk 65.40 crore in 2017, Tk 40.50 crore in 2016 and Tk 21.95 crore in 2015, according to the information centre of the Bangla Academy.
A total of 4,591 new titles hit the fair this year. Of them, 1,472 books of poems led the tally followed by 701 stories, 643 novels, 257 books on essays, 125 juvenile books and 122 research-based books.
This year Prothoma Publication received ‘Chittaranjan Saha Memorial Award’ for publishing the highest number of qualified books in 2017.
Chandrabati Academy got ‘Rokanuzzaman Khan Dadabhai Smrity Award-2018’ for publishing the highest number of quality books for children in 2017 while Kathaprakash received the award named after artist Qayyum Chowdhury.The authorities handed over the awards to them in recognition of their work.
Director General of Bangla Academy Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan gave welcome speech at the concluding ceremony of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Member-secretary of book fair, Jalal Ahmed, presented the report of this year’s fair.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as chief guest while Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Affairs Mohammad Ibrahim Hossain Khan was present as special guest. Bangla Academy President Prof Emeritus Anisuzzaman also attended the programme.
On the last day of the fair, a discussion titled “Bangladesher Adibashi” was held at Bangla Academy where Prof Rahman Nasir Uddin of the anthropology department at Chittagong University presented keynote paper. Faijul Latif Chowdhury and Ranjid Singha attended as discussants with Islamic University (IU) VC Prof Rashid Askari in the chair.