The month-long 'Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2023' is set to begin on the premises of the Bangla Academy and the Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital today.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open the book fair on February 1 at 3 pm.
With the theme "Paro Boi, Garo Desh: Bangabandhur Bangladesh (Read Book build country: Bangabandhu's Bangladesh), the Bangla Academy is organizing this year's book fair.
President Md Abdul Hamid yesterday issued a message on the occasion of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2023 and all its programmes wishing the fair a grand success.
In his message, the President said the Amar Ekushey Book Fair is an integral part of Bangalee culture.
The head of the state extended his greetings to all concerned including the Bangalee book-lovers, readers, publishers and organizers.
On the eve of the Book Fair, he paid his deepest respect to the memory of the immortal martyrs of the Great Language Movement.
The book fair will remain open for all from 3 pm to 9 pm on working days and 11:00 am to 9 pm on public holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and prayers.
A total of 901 stalls have been allocated to 601 organizations. The authorities have allotted 165 stalls to 112 organizations for the Bangla Academy ground and 736 stalls to 489 organizations for the Suhrawardy Udyan.
Moreover, a total of 38 pavilions have been allocated this year.
Last year, a total of 774 stalls were allocated in favour of 534 organizations. Apart from this, there will be 153 stalls at Little Magazine Chattar, which were 127 in 2022, 140 in 2021 and 155 in 2020.
Besides, there will be strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any untoward incident.
BDST: 1202 HRS, FEB 1, 2023