SHILLONG: Good news for bibliophiles in Meghalaya! From Wednesday, the State Central Library in the city will be hosting the week-long Shillong Book Fair.
Showcasing a plethora of books, including works from local authors and a gamut of literary genres, this year, the fair will focus on promoting regional literature from the state.
“This fair isn’t just about books; it’s about the vibrant culture and legacy of Meghalaya and the Northeast. Around 30 publishers covering a variety of literary genres will offer some of their best works in the fair,” said Yuvraj Malik, Director of the National Book Trust (NBT), during a press meet on Tuesday.
Pravin Bakshi, Commissioner and Secretary Education, who jointly unveiled the event with Malik, also emphasised on the event’s significance in promoting regional literature.
They also added that majority of the books under the National Education Policy 2020 will be available at the fair in bilingual formats and those on Prime Minister’s Yuva project too will be there for buyers.
With approximately 50 stalls, prominent publishers, including NBT India, will present a diverse range of books in languages like English, Khasi, Garo, and other regional Indian dialects.
These stalls will aim to cater to all reading preferences, be it delving deep into Meghalaya’s literary history or exploring captivating regional literature.
Visitors will be treated to engaging sessions, interactive storytelling endeavours for children, book launches, and insightful discussions – all facilitating meaningful interactions between readers and their beloved authors.
To accentuate the cultural element of the event, attendees can also expect enthralling cultural performances, painting a vivid picture of Meghalaya’s cultural grandeur.
To be hosted by the NBT under the aegis of the India Ministry of Education, the fair is organised in collaboration with the Department of Arts & Culture and Education and it will be on till October 3.