Saturday, September 11, 2004

Bangalore Book Festival opens

All ye bookworms, feast here!
Deccan Herald

The second chapter of the Bangalore Book Festival will open on September 10 at Palace Grounds. Bringing more than a million books under one roof, The Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers’ Association aims at reviving reading habits of the youngsters towards making Bangalore the ‘Book City of India’.

Chief Minister Dharam Singh will inaugurate the ten-day festival at 11 am on Friday. There are about 300 stalls in over 75,000 sq feet area. The highpoint of the festival will be the unveiling of the World’s Largest Book, with an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. “We have done our homework and there is no book weighing more than 500 kg with 14.5 ft width, 11.5 ft height and over 100 pages,” says B S Raghuram, Managing Director of Klub Class, the official event managers. Visitors can leave their one-line message and signatures in the book.

While Bangalore Book Festival 2004 will be a platform for publishers, authors and librarians to meet, cultural events have also been organised. A celebrity walk is being held on September 15 at 3.45 pm from Mahatma Gandhi Statue to Vidhana Soudha. Funds raised will be used to sponsor education of three street children.

The festival is on between 11 am to 8 pm from September 10 to 19 at Palace Grounds. Entry fee is Rs 10 and entrance is from Bellary road side. Call 98454-02056 or 98450-44340.


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