Pune Book Fair opens tomorrow

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Pune:  The 9th edition of the five-day Pune Book Fair (PBF) will start on October 20 at Kamayani grounds in Patrakarnagar. The annual event is being supported by Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad.

It would be inaugurated by founder-director, Symbiosis Institutes, SB Mujumdar. "Over 70 prominent publication houses from Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore will set up stalls," the exhibition's convenor, PNR Rajen, told reporters on Monday.

Some prominent participants include Sahitya Akademi, National Book Trust, Iran Culture House, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology, New Delhi. Leading book houses like Tata McGraw Hill Education Pvt Ltd, Goodwill Publishing House and Popular Prakashan will also participate. Rajen said around one lakh books in English and other Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Urdu and Sanskrit will be available.

"Books on technology, health, management, education, business, law, religion, politics and literature will be displayed," Rajen added.

There will be separate book stalls for books on cultures of Saudi Arabia and Iran. Moreover, the book fair will have a special section for visually impaired, books on Braille and education aid for visually impaired.

PBF has also decided to organise cultural and literature-based programmes. On Thursday, a discussion and interview of professor and renowned Marathi writer, DM Mirasdar, will take place.

On Friday, Marathi poets Deepak Karandikar, Ramdas Phutane and Ghanshyam Dhende will participate in poem reciting programme.

Goa Konkan Akademi will present a cultural programme on Saturday and a panel discussion on 'Reading habits changing scenario: facts and needs'.

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