Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is inaugurating today the annual Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) book fair at the Nandanam YMCA Grounds.
The book fair will be open till January 20 and is expected to have over 800 stalls. A large number new books are in store, offering a complete treat to readers. Talking about the 42nd edition of the Chennai Book Fair, S Vairavan, President, BAPASI, said, "We will be having over 800 stalls and expect over 400 publishers to participate. The fair will be open from 2 pm to 9 pm on working days and from 11 am to 9 pm on weekends and public holidays" Stating that they are expecting more people to visit the fair this year, Vairavan added that there are events scheduled every evening and writers, poets and others will engage in discussions and give talk.
According to A R Venkatachalam, the treasurer of the association, "To make it easier for the visitors, we will be publicising all the new books which are being published and released at the fair on our website and social media. Usually the book fair is open for 12-13 days but this time, we have increased it to 17 days, said Vairavan, adding that the fair will also feature a statue of ‘Tamil Thai’ which will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister.