THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: THE Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham (SPCS), the cooperative society for writers in Kerala, will organise an eleven-day book fair at Marine Drive in Kochi on March 1. Along with the book fair, a literary festival will also be organised at Bolghatty Palace from March 6 to 10. The highlight of the book fair will be the extensive participation of national-level publishers.
Various Indian languages and international publishers would participate.The organisers conceive the fair to turn out to be among South India’s most comprehensive and value-added festivals showcasing a variety of books while offering a platform for various arts and cultural programmes.
Writers of national and international stature are expected to attend the fair. The occasion is expected to bring a new vigour to the state publishing sector. Besides opening up more avenues to publishers, it is aimed at widening the aptitude of readers.
In the literary festival being organised as part of the book fair, noted literary and cultural personalities will attend. Seminars and symposiums will be a regular feature on all five days of the festival. Upholding India’s varied cultural legacy, there will be exhibitions based on music and art. There will be a food festival to familiarise people with the wide variety of tastes from various parts of the country.
The logos for the event will be released at Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac’s chamber on Thursday at 10 am.Cooperation Minister Kadakampally Surendran, SPCS president Ezhacherry Ramachandran and SPCS Administrative Board member S Rameshan Nair are scheduled to attend.