On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the great Language Movement, a two-day long community book fair in the city’s Gulshan kicked off on Friday.
The second edition of the Boi Mela, consisting of 25 stalls with renowned publishers and booksellers, was arranged by Gulshan Society at Gulshan Lake Park.
Shukla Sarwat Siraj, convener of the organizing committee said that the book fair was organized in 2019 for the first time. But, it was not possible to organize the last two-year due to the Covid pandemic, she added. “We are impressed and satisfied to see the crowd on the first day of the two-day fair”.
Though the fair was organized on a very small scale this year, it will be arranged on a bigger scale in the future, she hopes.
“The fair has been arranged to facilitate the residents of Gulshan area … this area is at a great distance from Amar Ekushey Book Fair and so a separate book fair here will help the book lovers in Gulshan,” she said.
Visitors also expressed their satisfaction with the neatly arranged segments of contemporary literature. They also wished that this type of book fair would continue in the future.
Nurul Haque is one of the visitors who thanked the Gulshan Society for organizing such a fair.
The literature festival had stalls from renowned publishers and other organizations including Cosmos Books, Bengal Boi, etc.
On behalf of Cosmos Books, Sourav Chowdhury, Executive Artistic Manager of Gallery Cosmos, said the fair has been organized quite nicely like before. The number of visitors was satisfactory and readers are very interested in buying books, he added.
Muna Rahman from Bengal Book Stall said, “Of course, it is a great initiative and I would like to request the organisers that it would be very good if the time of the book fair could be extended.
Source: United News of Bangladesh