Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the traditional month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the Bangla Academy premises in the city on Feb 1. Necessary security arrangements have already been completed and the law enforcers will be deployed in large numbers to ensure foolproof security.
The book fair will remain open for all from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on working days and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on government holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and offering prayers. It will continue till Feb 28.
Poets and writers from 15 countries will join the International Literature Conference, 2018 to be held on Feb 22 and 23 in the book fair.
A total of 800 stalls including 670 book stalls, 150 stalls of little magazines and some stalls of different socio-cultural organizations will be installed in the book fair covering an area of 1.50 lakh square feet.
According to sources, Bangla Academy will publish 146 new books this year.