IKBF 2018 is On – Ambassador of France to India & Bengal CM inaugurates 42nd Kolkata International Book Fair

International Kolkata Book Fair 2018
International Kolkata Book Fair 2018

Bengal CM inaugurates 42nd Kolkata International Book Fair

Bengal CM inaugurates 42nd Kolkata International Book Fair

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the 42nd Kolkata International Book Fair today. The focal theme country for 2018 is France.

This is for the first time that the fair will be held at Central Park in Salt Lake.

The state Transport department will run 131 additional buses on weekdays and 177 buses on weekends to facilitate the visitors, particularly those who come from the districts by train and get down at either Howrah or Sealdah railway stations.

France Day will be observed on January 31, followed by Bangladesh Day on February 3, where some Russian authors will interact with Bengali authors.

This will be followed by Children’s Day on February 4. The Kolkata literature festival will be held from February 8 to 10.

Well known publishers from the country and abroad are taking part in the fair along with their local counterparts. One of the major attractions are five books penned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, including a book on rhymes for children.




Following the inauguration, the Chief Minister put up a Facebook post:

The much-awaited festival of books has arrived.

Today, I was present in the inauguration ceremony of 42nd International Kolkata Book Fair at Central Park, Salt Lake.

From 31st January to 11th February, 2018, it is going to be the usual celebration with books here in this great event in Kolkata.

Soumitra Chatterjee was felicitated in today’s programme for his outstanding contribution to the world of creativity.

This year, the theme country is France. Mr Alexander Ziegler, HE Ambassador of France was present on the occasion.

I also inaugurated stalls of Kolkata Police, West Bengal Police and “Jago Bangla”.

9 books authored by me, including 2 translated versions in Santali and Hindi of my earlier works, have been published today from the book fair. With these, the number of books authored by me during the spare time I can manage goes up to 79.

The next Kolkata Book Fair will be inaugurated on 19th January, 2019.

My best wishes to all.


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