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Zafar Iqbal visits Book Fair

Update : 12 Feb 2014, 12:35 PM

Noted writer and educationist Muhammad Zafar Iqbal visited Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2014 on Thursday.

He entered the fair at 5:15pm, roamed around, and was followed by hundreds of young fans.

The tired writer sat on the fair and gave autographs.

In the fair, popular writer Zafar Iqbal's non-fiction “Mithya Bolar Odhikar O Onnanya”, and his poem collection, “Bhoy Kingba Bhalobasha”, are on sale at Anupom Prokashani.

Though the fair opens at 3:00pm, most visitors were seen to arrive in the evening and they browse for their favourite books till 8:30pm.

Fiction and poetry topped the priority list of publishers this year as buyers are more interested in buying books on these genres, opined a number of publishers at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the month-long “Amar Ekushey Book Fair” at its traditional Bangla Academy grounds and on a part of Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on February 1.

According to the Bangla Academy officials, a total of 299 publishing houses, government, non-government and socio-cultural organisations are participating in this year’s event.

The book fair was held for the first time in 1972 in an informal manner at the Bangla Academy premises. Later, it was institutionalised in 1978.

In 1984, the fair was named as the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela.

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