Chennai Book Fair to begin on grand scale on Jan 9

The 43rd Chennai Book Fair organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) will be held in the city from January 9 to 21.

Chennai Book Fair attracts readers and book lovers from various countries and from states all over India who come together in a unified thought, of attending one of the Asia’s largest book fair that holds to its credit 700 stalls with 15 lakh titles and more than 2 crore books all under a single wide roof.  

This treasure house of books – a fair for the readers and intellectuals is scheduled to function on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on extended hours of working from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays.

Creating history each year the Chennai Book Fair the first time in its history has roped in around 5000 students from various schools in around Chennai for an event titled “Chennai Reads” in the Grounds of YMCA Nandanam at 10 am on 6th January, 2020 where students read books showcasing the goodness and necessity of reading.

This event is to be graced by the Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Chennai District Collector, Eminent personalities, Officials and Teachers. The 43rd Chennai Book Fair adds to its uniqueness in having its own logo and hashtag that was unveiled on Friday.

Chennai Book Fair is planned to throw its lime light on Tamil – one of world’s ancient languages filled with rich heritage. A special auditorium titled Keeladi – Eeradi showcasing the features of the ancientness and its greatness is to be arranged. The Department of Archaeology has consented to exhibit the evidences related, to educate the public gathered under a single umbrella.

The organisers said all the publishers and booksellers have announce 10 per cent discount on all books sold at the fair. “To attract school and college students in and around Chennai, free entry tickets also
will be distributed by the organisers through various institutions,” said the press note.

Online tickets, wheelchairs for the disabled, mobile ATMs and purchase through debit and credit cards are few features of the fair. Sudents can also participate and win prizes for their skills and talents by competing in oratorical, drawing and quiz competitions arranged for them.