| Patna Book Fair chairman HL Gulati (right) at the news meet in Patna on Monday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Just 10 days before the city hosts its revived literary fest, women writers would get an opportunity to interact with readers at the 19th Patna Book Fair, starting Wednesday.
While the writers would discuss several issues concerning women, several films would be screened on the theme of the 12-day book fair — women empowerment.
Convener Amit Jha of Centre for Readership Development, which is organising the fair, said: “More than 200 publishers and distributors have confirmed their participation at the book fair, being decked up in a blend of traditional and modern structures at Gandhi Maidan.”
He added that publishing houses like Taxman Publication, Penguin Books and Sage Publications, which had put up their stalls last year, are expected to participate.
Women personalities like Bharti S. Kumar, Shaifali Rai, Usha Kiran Khan, Sharda Sinha, Navneet Sharma, would discuss issues on women. Women-centric movies like Mirch Masala, Provoked, Videsh, Astitva, Daman, Turning 30 and No One Killed Jessica would be screened from March 15 to 21 at the seminar hall. Of the 750 stalls at the fair, 670 would be for the publishers, while 80 would be reserved for educational institutions and other writers.
Publishers would have a special session about International Standard Book Number (ISBN). H.L. Gulati, the Patna Book Fair chairman, said: “For the first time, Raja Ram Mohan Roy National Agency for ISBN is participating. New publishers will be allotted the ISBN numbers at the fair.”