The Publishers and Booksellers Guild on Tuesday unveiled the logo of 47th International Kolkata book fair to be held from January 18 to 31. The fair will be held at the Boi Mela Prangan (Book fair venue) in Salt Lake. The logo was unveiled by Tridib Chatterjee, President of Publishers and Booksellers Guild and Dr Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner for East and Northeast India.
“The 47th International Kolkata book fair will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 18 in the presence of eminent poets, writers and other scholars who will be the guests of honour,” said Tridib Chatterjee.
The world’s largest book festival will have the United Kingdom as the theme country for its 47th edition.
Tridib Kr Chatterjee, President of Publishers and Booksellers speaking at the event Source: Edugraph
“We have a close historical, cultural and diplomatic relationship with the United Kingdom. The focal country of the 47th International Kolkata Book Fair is the United Kingdom and this year also marks 75 years of the presence of the British Council of India,” said Chatterjee.
Dr Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner to East and Northeast India at the unveiling of the logo of 47th International Kolkata Book Fair Source: Edugraph
A three-day Kolkata Literature Festival will also be held during the book fair from January 26 to 28, 2024.
Explaining the reason behind preponing the fair by a few days, Chatterjee said that the decision has been taken as several central and state board exams are scheduled at that time.
“The book fair has been brought forward by a few days. The main reason is that central and state board exams are commencing from the end of January and first week of February. We believe that this change in the dates of the fair has come as good news for book lovers, since they can avail the additional holidays of 23 and 26 January apart from the 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays to enjoy the fair,” he said.
“We are very delighted th UK has been chosen as the theme country for the 47th International Kolkata Book Fair. I think this is a fantastic opportunity to further deepen and understanding and appreciation of one another’s culture,” said Dr Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner to East and Northeast India.
The 47th International Kolkata Book Fair will not only witness participation from countries like America, France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Australia, Bangladesh, Peru, Argentina and Columbia, but also have publications of other parts of the country like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, Telangana, Kerala, Odisha, etc.