Book exhibition in Vijayawada
- Two RBI former governors to speak
- Two recipients of Ramon Magsaysay Award
- Several experts to be present
- Dozens of new books to be released
Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will open the book exhibition, a prestigious event in the State, on the first day of the New Year at Swaraj Maidan in Vijayawada.
The Vijayawada Book Festival Society, that has been organising the book exhibitions across the State for the past 27 years, has tied up with the Department of Language and Culture of the State government and the NTR Trust.
The New Year for the book lovers of the city and neighbouring towns like Eluru, Machilipatnam, Guntur and Khammam starts with the book exhibition, which displays a wide collection from across the world. People here wait for this exhibition to buy their favourite books, while the educational institutions and the libraries keep money ready to have their hands on the best collection of books.
This year the book exhibition would have 326 stalls with more than 200 publishers and distributors displaying their publications for sale from January 1 to 11.. On January 4, the organisers would have a “walk for books” with the book lovers participating in the walk from Gandhinagar to the Exhibition Grounds. Former governor of Reserve Bank of India, Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, would lead the walk. Senior journalist and editorial director of Sakshi, K Ramachandra Murthy, human rights activist Mallepalli Lakshmaiah, senior journalists G Valleswar and S Nagesh Kumar, writer and hypnotist B V Pattabhiram would join the walk to promote book reading habit.
The exhibition would have interactions with writers and release of new books every day. The organisers have provided two stages for the literary and book release events as there was a huge rush from writers and publishers to have their books released here.
The Book Festival Society president B Babjee said that the NTR Trust would organise discussions, besides competitions, for school and college students. The discussions would be initiated by among others, Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, JNU professor Gopal Guru, Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Bezawada Wilson and Rajendra Singh, Dr I V Subba Rao, former RBI Governor Dr Y V Reddy, former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar.
Babjee thanked the State government, Krishna district administration and the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation for their support to organising the event. He also thanked the State government’s cultural department and the NTR Trust for their collaboration.