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Festivals push back book week

National Book Trust has decided to reschedule the nationwide 29th National Book Week because of the ongoing festive season.

The event will begin on November 26. It would be celebrated across 21 cities. Earlier, it was supposed to take place on November 17-18.

“Schools and colleges have been closed because of the festive season so students have not been able to take part in the event,” said Arun Kumar Singh, the manager of the event.

National Book Trust (NBT) director M.A. Sikander said: “The book week has been a subdued affair. It was not possible to host it in a grand manner earlier. But this year, we have collaborated with NGOs, booksellers and other publishers to make it a grand event.”

The NBT will host a number of events like drawing and story-writing competitions for students.