Special guest China at New Delhi Book Fair attracts visitors

Published on : Sunday, January 10, 2016

China at New Delhi Book FairThe New Delhi World Book Fair has commenced amidst much fanfare at Pragati Maidan, a vast venue designed for exhibitions. The fair will go on until Jan 17, much to the delight of visitors and those interested in looking at the world through the books.

This year, the guest of honour is China, which has set up a beautifully designed pavilion spread across 1,200 square meters at hall number 7. At the pavilion, visitors walk through the chambers housing hundreds of Chinese books translated into English displayed on its shelves.

More than 250 Chinese delegates including publishers and authors are participating in the book fair that kicked off on Saturday.

Around 5,000 Chinese books will be showcased in the nine-day long fair and books translated from the Chinese language into English and Hindi are conspicuously on display.
Apart from showcasing books, several important Chinese authors, including acclaimed children’s fiction writer Cao Wenxuan, best seller Mai Jai, as well as, lyrical poet Lan Lan among others, will be present during the fair to share their writing experiences and insights.

“The New Delhi World Book Fair is today one of the premier calendar events in the world of books, where we offer opportunities to do business with the book industries of India, Asia and Africa,” said Rita Chowdhury, the fair director.

“The guest of honour country China has come in a big way to host a series of programs as part of their presentation.”

The fair touted as “Asia’s largest book fair” last year attracted around one million visitors. However, this year the expectations are higher.

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