The premier will present Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar at the opening ceremony
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived at Bangla Academy inaugurate the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair—a yearly event for booklovers and publishers.
She will also unveil a book titled “Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Volume-2)” at the opening ceremony.
Two international guests—Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al Arishi—will grace the opening ceremony, reports UNB.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest, while Bangla Academy Director General poet Habibullah Siraji will deliver the welcome speech; with its President Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman in the chair.
Bangla Academy disclosed the details of the fair at a press conference at the academy on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will present Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar at the opening ceremony.
Four writers and researchers will receive the 2018 awards.
The award winners are: Kazi Rozi for poetry, Mohit Kamal for literature, Syed Mohammad Shahed for essays and research, plus Afsan Chowdhury for research on the Liberation War.
The winners will each receive a cheque of Tk2 lakh at the ceremony.
Seminars will be held on the main stage of the fair venue, at 4pm every day, from February 2 to 28; cultural events will follow.
Like previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to the nearby Suhrawardy Udyan, but with big changes.
This year, the land earmarked for the fair was expanded to 550,000 sq-ft, which is 37,000 sq-ft more than last year. A total of 770 units have been allocated to 499 organizations.
The authorities have allotted 150 Bangla Academy units to 104 organizations and 620 Suhrawardy Udyan units to 395 organizations.
Last year, the authorities allotted a total of 719 units; 136 at Bangla Academy to 92 organizations, and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organizations.
Additionally, 24 pavilions have been allocated to 24 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy, like last year.
There will be strict security arrangements in, and around, the book fair venue; to avert unpleasant incidents during the fair.
Publishers from across the country will come to the fair with a wide variety of books; while Bangla Academy will exhibit 102 newly-printed and reprinted books.
The theme for this year’s Ekushey book fair is "Bijoy: 1952 to 1971 Ebong Naboporjay", said Dr Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the fair’s organizing committee.
Visiting the fair venue, the UNB correspondent found work on the stalls and the main stage is almost finished but not fully complete.
Nirapad Media and Communication, run by actor Ilias Kanchan, will oversee the management of the fair.
The fair will remain open between 3pm and 9pm from Sunday to Thursday; and between 11am to 9pm on weekly holidays.
On the 21st of February, the fair will remain open from 8am to 8pm.