Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the second day saw crowds of book-lovers in both the Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan premises on Friday, the first holiday of the month-long extravaganza.
Publishers expressed satisfaction at the number of visitors during the initial stage of the fair.
With two-hour dedicated for children, the fair opened at 11:00am welcoming little bookworms accompanied by their parents who usually remain busy during the weekdays.
However, parents told New Age that almost all the bookstalls placed in the children corner were displaying old edition of books they had bought the previous year.
A housewife of Nikunja in the capital, Tahmina Sultan, said she along with her twins Azmir and Azmery had roamed around at least 50 stalls inside the children corner looking for something special that would attract the children. ‘But I could not find anything outstanding,’ said Tahmina.
Sabrina Mahmood, a private service holder, had accompanied her 10-year-old daughter Safia Tasnim. Sabrina said that books at the children corner were not age-specific.
‘My daughter loves detective stories for children. But I could not find any that matched her age,’ she said.
Except for Kalantar Publications, no publishing house in children corner had books which were grouped under specific age ranges.
Stall attendants at the children corner said that books on their displays were for children aged between three and 14 years.
Publisher of Babui, Abdul Qader, who is also a children-based writer, said there was no need to specify age on books for children as their level of intelligence varies regardless of their age.
Tamralipi publisher AKM Tariqul Islam said presence of visitors was satisfactory on the second day of the fair.
Kalantar bookstall attendant Jawad Sami said sale of books was also satisfactory.
Yesterday, a total of 54 new titles hit the fair with 20 collections of poetry leading the tally.
Even on the second day, construction work of all the 24 washrooms for visitors was still incomplete.
Visitors created a long queue before the three half-constructed toilets at Suhrawardi Udyan.
Little magazine activists under the banner of Bindu postponed opening of their stall till Monday, to protest Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner’s advise to publishers against displaying books that could hurt religious sentiments.
Other little magazine stalls were located at the Little Magazine corner in the academy premises.
Bangla Academy held a discussion on Liberation War martyr Notunchandra Singha. Sajib Kumar Gosh presented a keynote paper at the discussion chaired by professor Abdul Mannan.
Today, the fair premises will be open from 11:00am to 9:00pm.
Around afternoon, the academy would hold a discussion on Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah.
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