Debasish Chattopadhyay

Kolkata; January 22: The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair will be eco friendly. For this book fair authority offered special thanks to National Jute Board.
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more than 600 leading publishers and booksellers from 29 countries across the globe will participate in the ’44th International Kolkata Book Fair’ here from 29 January to 9 February 2020 and is expected to be attended by over three million people this time. It will also have 200 little magazine stalls.

Considered to be one of the largest attended annual book fairs in the world since 1975, books and other literary works worth more than Rs 21 crore were sold in the 43rd edition of International Kolkata Book Fair, held in January 2019.

Announcing that ‘Russia’ would be the ‘Focal Theme’ of the 44th edition of Kolkata Book Fair,Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, President, Publishers and Booksellers Guild and its General Secretary Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey here said that like the previous years Chief minister Mamata Banerjee would insuguratr the fair in presence of a host of foreign dignitaries, litterateurs and authors from various countries on 29 January at Central Park in Salt Lake.
Stating that large number of leading publishers and booksellers from all states within the country, besides those from the USA, UK, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, France, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Australia and several other Latin American countries apart from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal would participate in the book fair and set up their stalls.

Speaking about the participation of Russia in the book fair in a big way after the country was selected for the Focal Theme, Consul General of Russian Federation in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin said a large number of well known and popular Russian authors and litterateurs would arrive in the city soon to participate in the three day Literary Festival in the largely attended fair.
Since Children’s literature in Russia was very popular in the world, a number of well known authors in this field in Russia would also come and take part in the festivity, besides exploring the possibility of publishing their books in various Indian languages including in Bengali,the Consul General informed on the sidelines of an interactive session this afternoon.

Last time(in January 2019) over 2.4 million book lovers in the city and elsewhere in the state visited the fair and purchased books worth more than Rs 21 crore to set an all time record of sorts,’this time we expect both the numbers would surpass that’,said Chatterjee replying to a related query.

The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair will remain open from 12 noon till 8 p.m.every day from 29 January to 9 February,Chatterjee said and informed that,however,on the final day it would remain open till 9.p.m.

This time the fair will have a special App to help the visitors to locate a particular stall beside having transport and other facilities.