More than 50 bookstalls, musical performances, panel discussions and seminars will be the draws at the first book fair on the St Xaviers College grounds. The fair, organised by the colleges alumni association, begins on Wednesday.
Boi Utsav 2007 will focus on text and reference books for students. But there will be plenty on offer for lovers of fiction and non-fiction books.
Ananda Publishers, Rupa, Oxford, Seagull, Crossword and Macmillan, along with Max Mueller Bhavan, American Center and British Council, have set up stalls at the fair.
It will be inaugurated at 11am by mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya. The fair will be open till Saturday, from noon to 7pm. There will be no entry fee.
College bands Dhoon and Destiny will perform at the fairground on December 20.
The womens forum of the alumni association will stage a play and hold a classical music performance by the group, You and I, on December 21.
The fair will close with a performance by Bangla band Lakkhichhara.
A panel discussion on creating positive change will be held from 5.30pm on Wednesday. The panel will include Calcutta police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti, businessman Sanjay Budhia, Red FM station head Jimmy Tangree, West Bengal University of Technology vice-chancellor Ashok Ranjan Thakur and others.
Institute of Management Studies, a management training institute, will organise seminars on management education during the fair.
Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which organises the city Book Fair every year, will provide infrastructure and technical assistance for the event.
The fair is an attempt to develop the interests of the students, said Abhishek Banerjee, the convener of Boi Utsav 2007.