The “Little Mag Corner” features 100 “little magazine” stalls with its own visitors who are on the lookout for critical and contemporary writings or interested in off the track publications.
Little magazines, or little mags as they are also known, can be literary, are usually noncommercial, and feature articles by unknown writers.
Tahmina, a college student who wants to be a writer, found Little Mag Corner to be perfect for her. She said: “I am drawn to alternative writings and am collecting them for the last year to improve my writing skills.”
These magazines deal with various subjects including politics, cinema, art, sociology, philosophy, and religion.
Little mags such as “Lok,” “Junction,” “Shirdara,” “Kabitar Rajpoth,” “Gandib,” and “Shaluk” cover the issues they are named after.
Navil Maandar, editor of “Junction,” said: “The little mag is an initiative for alternative writers who like having freedom of thought in all areas of creativity.”
Yet publishers and editors of these magazines were dissatisfied with the arrangement, as most of them felt left out of the mainstream side of the fair.
Aniket Shamim, editor and founder of “Lok,” said: “I think “Little Mag Corner” should shift to Suhrawardy Udyan and needs a corner where writers and booklovers can meet and interact.”
“Lok” has released 1,000 publications from writers across the nation since its inception in 1999, turning into one of the finest collections of alternative publications in Bangladesh providing a platform to talented new writers.
Aniket said: “The main intent behind little mags is to publish young promising writers, but their quality has fallen because of a lack of dedication in these young writers.”
“They now prefer to publish their works online and get direct feedback, which affects the quality of little mags,” he said. The writings that young people do send to the mags are often found to have shoddy writing and poor development of ideas.
On Thursday, 102 new books hit the bookshelves with 29 new titles being formally unveiled.