The 19th edition of the biennial New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), organized by National Book Trust, India, is inaugurated by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal today.
Prof. Irfan Habib, eminent historian, will grace the occasion as the chief guest, while Prof. (Mrs.) Temsula Ao, Dean, School of Humanities and Education, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong presided over the inaugural function.
The fair is from January 30 to February 7, 2010 daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Entry is free for school children in uniform accompanied by teachers on weekdays.
The fair has many interesting features to offer.
According to a recent press release, a serious attempt has been made to find a connection between the worlds of books with that of sports, as the theme of this year's world book fair is 'Reading Our Common Wealth: An International Rights Exhibition of Books on Sports on the occasion of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.'
Nearly 700 titles published by around 75 publishers across the country on different genres of sports are being exhibited at the theme pavilion.
"A special International Rights Catalogue, with bibliographic and copyright details of more than 550 titles, based on this exhibition has also been brought out, which will be released by the HRD Minister during the inauguration of the NDWBF," said an official at the HRD ministry.
In the theme pavilion, which also houses children and youth pavilions, many interactive session with some of the eminent sports personalities have been scheduled to inspire the youth and children.
A special exhibit of the books on and by Jawaharlal Nehru to display his contribution to the world of books has also been organized at the Foyer area of 7E, which will also be decorated with some beautiful panels.