Holidaymakers, authors make fair premises vibrant

Sadiqur Rahman | Published at 12:25am on February 10, 2018

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Kids play at Sisimpur section of Amar Ekushey Book Fair in Dhaka on Friday. — New Age photo

Amar Ekushey Book Fair on its ninth day on Friday witnessed the biggest crowd so far providing the visitors opportunities for sharing moments with favourite authors while taking selfies and autographs on new titles.
The second weekend of the month also created the scope for the visitors to bond better with acquaintances while exploring books of interests.
Since morning, book enthusiastic children accompanied by parents started to throng at stalls at the Children’s Corner.
Publishers told New Age that book sale had been comparatively higher as the number of visitors coming to the bookstalls was growing as the day rolled on.

Famous writers Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Rakib Hasan, Imdadul Haque Milon, Gultekin Khan and Anisul Hoque were seen busy sharing moments with their fans near bookstalls displaying their new titles.
Reality TV show artiste Maruf Rehman was seen surrounded by fans holding his novel Bhul Baranda in front of Barshadupur stall.
Writer Nasrin Jabin passed a hectic day on the fair premises signing autographs and allowing her fans to take selfies with her inside the stall of Ananya, which has published her three new titles: Rabindra Bichitra, Protibadi Nari O Samaj and Rupontir Sesh Raat.
Over a hundred members of a Facebook group ‘SSC 96 HSC 98’ gathered on the fair premises on the occasion of launching Tui Tokari Kabya, a compilation of poems and short stories written by 20 members of the group.
Banker Moinul Hasan, a member of the group, said that the book made their day by celebrating friendship.
Anindya Prakash publisher Afzal Hossain said that despite political tensions, book sales on the day were the highest so far.
The Children’s Hours was observed on the day for the third time during this fair.
Stall attendants at Sisimpur Workshop Centre, publisher of the famous comic title, said that parents with children had been pouring on the children’s corner since 11:00am and purchased packets of the comic series.
Giasuddin Khashru, publisher at Jhingephul, said that short stories by Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, children’s tales and ghost stories were in high demand.
On the day, the fair witnessed the highest number of new arrivals with 344 new titles.
Today, Bangla Academy will hold a discussion commemorating Rabi Guha, Munier Chowdhury and Sardar Fazlul Karim, besides observing children’s hours from 11:00am to 1:00pm.