EKUSHEY BOOK FAIR
Young readers’ boon timeSardar Mahabbat Ali
Children’s corner of Ekushey Book Fair inside the Bangla Academy swarmed with young boys and girls, along with their guardians, during the second children’s hour of the fair on Saturday morning.
But guardians complained that there were not many new titles for children hitting the stalls this time.
Only 33 titles of fiction and 32 volumes of rhymes has so far hit the stalls; the figures were 53 and 40 in the first two weeks in the book fair in 2013.
Guardians also complained of typographical errors and other flaws in the production of books for children.
Rhymester Lutfur Rahman Riton told New Age that most of the titles that had hit the fair were not bad.
Mahfuzur Rahman, father of five-year-old Subarna from Badda in the capital, said, ‘I find it difficult to buy books for my daughter.’ He demanded steps for publication of quality books for children.
Publishers said that they had tried to improve the production quality of books. ‘But we have not received any financial support,’ said PPMC proprietor Jubaida Gulshan Ara, seeking subsidy in the publication of books for children.
Barkutullah Tipu, mathematics teacher in Cosmo School and College at Mirpur who took his students to the fair, said that they had 73 students with them in the fair.
Publishers also expressed satisfaction about the presence of buyers. ‘It is not only satisfactory but it has already crossed our expectations,’ Adiganta Prakashan’s Mostak Royhan said.
One hundred and twenty-six titles hit the fair on the day. Volumes of poems, with 37 titles, led the day’s tally, followed by novels and stories with 19 titles each and 15 collections of essays. Seventeen books were launched on Nazrul Mancha.
Language movement hero Abdul Matin, the civil aviation minister, Rashed Khan Menon, and and Ali Imam, who writes for children, among others, visited the fair for the launch of books.
The academy held a discussion on Lalon Shah in the afternoon on the main stage. Golam Faroque and Shaktinath Jha read out the keynote paper while Pabitra Sarker presided over the session. A cultural programme followed.
Today’s discussion will be on knowledge-based society and digital Bangladesh. Nazrul Islam Khan will read out the keynote paper and Jamilur Reza Choudhury will chair the session. A cultural programme will follow.
The fair is open from 3:00pm to 8:30pm all days but the weekends and holidays, when it remains open from 11:00am till 8:30pm with a break for two hours beginning at 1:00pm.
Book lovers crowd a stall at Amar Ekushey Book Fair as a large number of young boys and girls visited the fair during children’s hour on Saturday. — New Age photo
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