HCMC’s book festival gains US$1.4million

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HCMC’s book festival gains US$1.4million

Ho Chi Minh City’s 7th biennial book festival concluded on Sunday with a total revenue of VND30 billion (US$1.4million) from selling 4.8 million books.

book fest Many young readers flocked to the HCMC's 7th biennial book festival at Le Van Tam Park in District 1 on its closing day on March 25 Photo: Tuoi Tre

At the festival themed “Book – Knowledge – Integration and Development”, which kicked off on March 19, FAHASA Publishing House was the publisher who had the highest revenue at this year’s festival, with VND10 billion.

This year’s event gathered about 500 booths displaying around 200,000 titles from 160 local book publishers and attracted 850,000 visitors, a 20% increase compared with the last festival, in 2010.

The best-selling book of the festival was Nha Nam Publisher’s 200-page novel about the history of math titled “Ai va Ky O Xu So Cua Nhung Con So Tang Hinh” (Ai and Ky In the Land of Invisible Numbers), co-written by well-known Math Professor Ngo Bao Chau and blogger Nguyen Phuong Van. 10,000 copies of the book were sold during seven days of the event.

The runner-up is “Cung Duong Vang Nang” (The Road Dyed With Sunlight) by Duong Thuy, with 7,000 copies. On the opening day, Tre Publisher even planned to print an additional 5,000 copies of “Cung Duong Vang Nang” for sale for the rest of the festival.

Other best-selling books include Adam Khoo’s “I Am Gifted, So Are You”, which won the highest honor in the “Vietnamese people’s favorite book” contest; “Hieu Ve Trai Tim” (Understand The Heart) by Minh Niem; “Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh” (I See Yellow Flowers On Green Grass) and “Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho” (Give Me A Ticket to Childhood), by the children’s authoer Nguyen Nhat Anh.

The festival also attracted visitors thanks to its book signings. Thousands of readers flocked to the booths and waited in lines for autographs of famous writers like Nguyen Nhat Anh and Canadian blogger and TV personality Joe Ruelle , who is known as “Mr. Dau Tay.”

In addition to the book sale, the fest also featured seminars, exhibitions and interactions with writers and authors.

At the closing ceremony, the organizers also gave more than 10,000 books worth over VND350million donated by 25 publishers who participated in the festival to the soldiers on the Spratly Islands and in HCMC’s Border Guard.

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