Curtain of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair- 2018, will be raised on Thursday as Bangla Academy is set to stage its annual extravaganza on its premises and at Suhrawardy Udyan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the traditional month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the Bangla Academy premises in the city on February 1.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the academy premises around 3pm tomorrow," Dr Jalal Ahmed, director of Bangla Academy and member secretary of Ekushey Book Fair Committee, told BSS.
The premier will also launch the two-day International Literature Conference 2018, free Wifi service and website, he added.
Necessary security arrangements have already been completed with the installation of 250 closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in and around the Bangla Academy complex, he said, adding that the law enforcers will be deployed in large numbers to ensure foolproof security.
The book fair will remain open for all from 3pm to 9pm on working days and 11am to 9pm on government holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and offering prayers. It will continue till February 28.
Two main entry gates have been erected at Teacher-Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and Doyel Chattar.
Director General (DG) of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan will deliver the welcome address at the inaugural ceremony on the history of Bangla Academy and the book fair and different aspects of the festival.
The Bangla Academy DG has sought all out support from all to make the book fair a grand success.
Poets and writers from 15 countries will join the International Literature Conference, 2018 to be held on February 22 and 23 in the book fair.
A total of 800 stalls including 670 book stalls, 150 stalls of little magazines and some stalls of different socio-cultural organizations will be installed in the book fair covering an area of 1.50 lakh square feet. Bangla Academy will publish 146 new books this year.
The authorities for the first time have included the Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at the Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the book fair.
A mancha (stage) for holding publication ceremonies and programme on unveiling covers of the books has been installed at the Suhrawardy Udyan while discussions and seminars will be held every day on the main mancha erected on the Bangla Academy premises.
A separate gate has been made for entrance of the writers and poets into the Suhrawardy Udyan.
Generally, booklovers, authors, publishers and the people of different professions wait for the book fair.
Alongside displaying of books of different disciplines of knowledge and literatures, the book fair includes various events to increase attraction for the fair.
Thousands of visitors of all ages would be seen at the Amar Ekushey Granthamela this year that will be held on the premises of Bangla Academy and the Suhrawardy Udyan in the city.-BSS