Monday, January 4, 2010

Bookfair Season

January and February are going to be a great months for bibliophiles in India. Here is why...


Venue : St. George Anglo Indian Hr. Secondary School, (Opp. to Paachayappan College), Chennai
Date : 30th December 2009 - 10th January 2010
Timings :
Working Days : 2.00 P.M. to 8.30 P.M.
Holidays : 11.00 A.M to 8.30 P.M. (Including Satruday & Sunday)

List of events taking place during the book fair.

Via express buzz
From Eelam to idly-making, whatever might be your search, the 33rd Chennai book fair has a book for you. This year’s version of the book fair has put on display a staggering one crore books and visitors say one has to visit the fair at least twice to explore it fully. “What one should do is to take the catalogue home, read it and then come back with a proper choice,” says Venkat Varadhan, a publisher.
Books on Eelam and Viduthalai Puli Prabhakaran were selling like hot cakes on the first three days. The sheen of the good old Aesop’s fables, cartoons, Cindrella is still not lost, but what is special is the increased number of stalls dedicated to children’s books. Exclusive stalls on 3D-teaching of each subject caught the eye of parents.
Small books for children like ‘What does freedom mean’ and ‘What does fear do to children’ by J Krishnamurthy also found a lot of takers.
Read the entire article here.


Date: 21st January 2010 - 25th January 2010

From the website:

Although we are only five years old, already Jaipur is the biggest literature festival in Asia and the biggest completely free festival of literature in the world. As well as showcasing the best of Indian-language and English writing from India, we are this year hosting a Nobel laureate, a winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, two Booker winners and five winners of the Pullitzer prize for Literature, as well as leading writers from the world of history, biography, literary criticism, and travel, in addition to the stars of the world of fiction and the novel. Writers include Hanif Kureishi, Niall Ferguson, Louis De Bernieres, Roberto Calasso, Amit Chaudhuri, Geoff Dyer, Vikram Chandra, Tina Brown, Claire Tomalin, Michael Frayn, Mahasweta Devi, Shobhaa De Indira Goswami, Krishna Sobti, Krishna Baldev Vaid, Steve Coll, Stephen Frears, Pavan Varma, Lawrence Wright, Christophe Jaffrelot, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, and Alexander McCall Smith.

The highlights of the evenings include readings from Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq by acclaimed actor Om Puri, performances by Titi Robin, Cheb I Sabbah, Susheela Raman, Djaima, Rajasthan Roots and Paban Das Baul, and readings and performances from William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives.
View the list of attending speakers.


Date: 27th January 2010 - 7th February 2010

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Date: 30th January 2010 - 7th February 2010
The theme of the Fair is “Reading for Common Wealth” to be presented in the form of an International Rights Exhibition of the Books on Sports in India on the occasion of the hosting of the Commonwealth Games by New Delhi in October 2010.
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