The famed Patna Book Fair is set to knock at the doors of historic Gandhi Maidan from November 10. This time, the fair would continue for a longer duration than previous ones. It would conclude on 24th November, i.e. 3 days more than previous ones. This includes three Sundays, giving ample time for the book lovers to enjoy the weekend. The fair which is organized by the Centre for Readership Development (CRD) is quite popular among all section of people, especially students. This will the 20th version of the Patna Book Fair. The fair has been timed so as to coincide it with the 'Shiksha Diwas' celebrations (November 11-13) of the state government. The theme of this book fair is 'Awakening of Youth'.
The fair would come up in an area spreading over 2.5 lakh square feet in Gandhi Maidan. It will accommodate approximately 750 stalls, where books belonging to more than 300 publishers and firms would be put on display. The fair will include two special feature this time. One will be the 'Hobby Corner' where enthusiast can exhibit their collection. The second will be called 'First Cut' where the screening of first films of the young directors will be undertaken. A section of the fair will be allotted for books on 'Women's studies'. The organizers has also decided to upload the map of the book fair on the Internet to facilitate the visitors. Besides these, a number of cultural activities will be held during the course of the fair.
The visitors will be charged with an entry ticket. However, it will not apply for the school students who need to produce their identity-card. The college student will get this waiver only during weekdays.
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