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Bangalore, Oct 25

The eighth edition of the ‘Bangalore Book Festival 2010' will kick off at the City's Palace Grounds from November 12.

Over a million titles under various categories and various languages would be displayed in more than 300 stalls during the 10-day Bangalore Book Festival (BBF). The book fair is expected to generate a business of about Rs 15 crore, Mr B.S. Raghuram, Programme Director of the BBF, said in a press conference here.

Mr Devaru Bhat, Secretary, Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association (BBPA), said that the event is spread over 75,000 sq ft is jointly organised by the BBPA (Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association) and Klub Class. The Kannada Book Authority has extended financial support to the fair.

Mr Raghuram said “to increase the number of people visiting the festival, we have decided to invite celebrities in the film industry and the corporate world to the annual book event.”

The stalls would get bulk orders from libraries of various colleges and research institutes during the festival, he said.

The festival expected to attract more than two lakh people. The country's biggest publishers, distributors, exporters and importers are expected to participate in the biggest-ever show, which is touted as the country's second largest book festival after Kolkata.

Entertainment programmes ranging from light music to folk dance programmes, book-reading sessions and special poet meets will be held during the festival after 6 p.m. everyday.

“Like last year, this year too we are promoting book trade through book fair. Since we have so many book lovers and book readers under one roof in a festival of this scale, we can look at promoting book trade,” he said.

Mr Balram Sadvani, President BBPA, said all efforts have been made to hold the festival on a grand manner. This festival would become a trendsetter for the other States.

The book festival is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the entry fee is Rs 20. Entry is free for school and college students, a press note said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 26, 2010)
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