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Press Release-2019

“43rd International Kolkata Book Fair 2019” Focal Theme Country Guatemala

Kolkata, 28 November 2018:

Greetings from the Publishers and Booksellers Guild – organisers of the world’s largest attended book fair, the International Kolkata Book Fair! The 43rd edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair is set to start within 2 months from now. As per the International Book fair calendar it will be open to all from 30th January, 2019 till
10th February, 2019. The fair will be inaugurated on 30th January, 2019 in the presence of our Chief Guest, Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt. Mamata Banerjee and other dignitaries. You all will be very glad to know that last year in the new venue 2.2 million book lovers visited the fair and books worth Rs 22 crores were sold. With the love and support of book lovers, the Kolkata Book Fair became immensely successful at the new venue. We would again like to mention the all-out cooperation and support from our Hon’ble Minister Shri Firhad Hakim, the Hon’ble Mayor of Salt Lake, Shri Sabyasachi Dutta and Hon’ble MLA Shri Sujit
Bose. Under their supervision the entire area had a total facelift. We sincerely believe that with the inspiration of Hon’ble Chief Minister and with the support of Hon’ble Minister, Hon’ble Mayor and all other Government officials and the love of the book lovers, the Book Fair at Central Park will again be immensely successful.
We are pleased to announce that the Focal Theme of International Kolkata Book Fair this year is – The Heart of the Mayan World- Guatemala.
We have with us today Mr Giovanni Castillo, H.E. Ambassador of Guatemala in India. He will apprise you in brief about the participation of Guatemala at the International Kolkata Book Fair 2019. The detailed information about their participation will be provided in the next Press Conference. Just to inform you that the well decorated pavilion of Guatemala in combination with their literature, culture, films and songs, will be a big attraction @ the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair.
The international complex will also have the presence of UK, USA, Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam, 11 Latin American countries and Bangladesh. There will be special presence of Iran for the first time at the Book Fair. Few publishers from Pakistan have communicated that if they get Visa on time, then we will also have participation from Pakistan. 2019 will be the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Programs in memory of the Father of the Nation will be organised at the Book Fair.
Publishers from the States of India like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Nagaland, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Telengana, Odisha will also be an integral part of the event. Another important highlight of the Book Fair — 6th Kolkata Literature Festival (KLF) will be held from 7 to 9 February. It will be a collaboration of distinguished writers, directors, historians, authors, theatre personalities, sports personalities, celebrities, film personalities and poets having national and international fame. The days will observe many engrossing sessions, panel discussions on literature, film, drama, music, dance, and many more. The International Kolkata Book Fair 2019 will be open from 12.00 noon. to 8.00 p.m on all days.


                    Tridib Kr Chatterjee                                                                  Sudhangshu Dey                                                              Prabir Kr Mazumdar

                 Hony. General Secretary                                                                     Director                                                                                 President