Thousands flocked to book festival on first day

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Thousands flocked to book festival on first day

Around 80,000 thousand book lovers in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring areas flocked to the 7th biennial book festival on the opening day, March 19.

book fest Around 80,000 thousand people flocked to the 7th biennial book festival on the opening day, March 19 Photo: Tuoitre

Themed “Book – Knowledge – Integration and Development,” this year’s event gathers about 500 booths displaying around 200,000 titles from 160 local book publishers.

The biggest draw on the first day of the festival is 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.

Other best-selling books on the festival’s opening day include “Cung Duong Vang Nang” (The Road Dyed With Sunlight) by Duong Thuy, “I Am Gifted, So Are You” by Adam Khoo, “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 author for children Nguyen Nhat Anh.

Tre Publisher even plans to print an additional 5,000 copies of “Cung Duong Vang Nang” for sale for the rest of the festival.

The book fair also offers readers an opportunity to acquire some of their favorite titles at a 10% discount.

“I’m a retired English teacher and interested in dictionaries. I’m quite lucky to have this book at half the normal price,” said 65 year-old Tran Ngoc Anh who bought the famed French dictionary “Le Petit Larousse” for VND170,000.

According to the organizers, all books will be discounted by 20%-30% on the last three days of the event.

With many interesting books introduced by Kim Dong Publishing House, a publisher specializing in children’s and teenagers’ books, the festival has attracted many teenagers and youths in town.

Huynh Quoc Tuan, a high-school student from District 10 who bought two books of the “Seeds for the Soul” series, said he would return with his friends.

“This is the first time I’ve come to the festival and I’m really excited by many books for teenagers,” he shared.

Well-known international publishers such as Cambridge, Pearson and Oxford as well as e-books and other digital publications are also on show.

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

Specifically, well-known writer for children Nguyen Nhat Anh will have a book signing for the first 200 copies of his renowned novel “Kinh Van Hoa” (Kaleidoscope), while writer Bui Van Nam Son will talk about “Phenomenology of Mind” by German philosopher G. W. F. Hegel on March 20.

A variety of activities are also introduced in the last days of the event, such as meetings with 11-year-old Do Nhat Nam, Vietnam’s youngest translator, and writer Nguyen Huy Thiep, author of the book “Vong Buom” (The Soul of The Butterfly), a talk about the traditional cheo music, and the award ceremony for the “Favorite Vietnamese Book” contest, which was launched by FAHASA Publishing House last August.

The festival will run until March 25 at Le Van Tam Park on Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1.

Below are some photos taken at the festival:

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The festival has attracted many youths in town

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Many book lovers came to the event with their families.

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Child readers are attracted to the comic booth.

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Street artists performing contact juggling add more color to the event

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Check-out counters are always crowded

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