While authors and publishers each year bring out a good number of new titles on Liberation War during the Amar Ekushey Book Fair to reach post-war generations, this year’s fair has witnessed a drop in the number of new titles on the historic event.
Till Friday, 69 new titles on the 1971 war hit the bookstalls whereas the number was 83 on the fair’s 23rd day last year.
Publishers told New Age that though a growing number of readers showing interests on Liberation War affairs, there was a dearth of quality and well-researched manuscripts.
This year, Ananya has published eight new titles on Liberation War, including 23rd and 24th volumes of Ganamadhyame Bangladesher Muktijuddho, edited by Munatassir Mamoon and Chowdhury Shaheed Quader.
The publishing house has also published books by Habib Hawlader, Iqbal Hossain, and retired army officials Mohammad Abdul Samad and SM Saidul Islam. The titles are mostly war memoirs.
Agamee Prakashani has published six new titles on Liberation War, either authored or edited by Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, Sirajul Islam Munir, Md Mojammel Haque, Nasir Uddin and Asaduzzaman Asad.
Kathaprakash has brought out three new titles: Salek Khokon’s Juddhahoter Bhashye, Muhammad Nurul Huda’s Bagha Halim and Moni Haider’s Muktijuddher Kishoreganj.
Oitijjhya has brought out Hasan Murshed’s Das Partir Khonje, a tribute to Sector 5 guerrilla fighter Jagatjyoti Das and his comrades who fought valiantly against the Pakistan army.
Among other prominent publishers, Panjeree Publications, Pratik, Ayon, Aupam Prokashani, Utso Prokashan, Prothoma Prokashani and Journeyman Books have published new titles on Liberation War.
Nymphea Publication’s stall attendants said that its pictorial book Ekattar: Moment of Victory, edited by CM Tarek Reza, was drawing a good number of visitors every day.
The title contains black-and-white photographs by more than 40 local and international photographers who captured moments of the last few days of the war.
On the last weekend, thousands of book enthusiasts poured into the fair premises.
Publishers and stall attendants experiencing a hectic day on Friday expressed satisfaction over the sales as many book lovers returned to check the new titles arriving during the fair.
Almost all the visitors were seen carrying more than one bag of books while flocking the stalls.
On the seventh dedicated day for children, the fair saw a massive turnout of children and their parents mostly concentrated at the children’s corner on the Suhrawardy Udyan fair premises.
The International Literary Conference 2018 hosted by Bangla Academy concluded on the day. Two seminars, namely South Asian Poetry and South Asian Languages and Translation, were held on academy premises where discussants from Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan spoke.
On the 23rd day, 266 new titles hit the bookstalls.
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