Chennai to host international book fair in January

School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, making the announcement on Saturday also unveiled the logo of the upcoming event.
School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi unveils the logo of Chennai International Book Fair at Anna Library, Chennai.
School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi unveils the logo of Chennai International Book Fair at Anna Library, Chennai. Hemanathan Muthusamy

CHENNAI: For the first time, Chennai will be conducting an international book fair in January with the aim of knowledge transfer with readers across the globe.

School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, making the announcement on Saturday also unveiled the logo of the upcoming event.

The event scheduled between January 16 and 18 will be conducted by the Directorate of Public Libraries along with Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation and Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI).

The Minister speaking during the event said, “Through this event, Tamil Nadu will get the opportunity to share the Tamil literature with other languages across the world. And through this event, we will be placed amongst countries like London, Sharjah, Frankfurt, Bologna and Beijing, which are popular for conducting international book fairs.”

“From the anticipation for the event, we expect over 20 countries to participate in the event. The budget of the event will be fixed as per the participants turn out,” added the minister.

Also, during one of the international book fair trips recently, Tamil Nadu officials are said to have invited over 50 countries to participate in the January event.

The minister also told media persons that discussion will be held in coming days regarding the decision to conduct classes on Saturdays, compensating for the recent rain holidays.

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