Kozhikode: The Kozhikode District Library Council hosted its 15th edition of the annual book fest from May 10 to 14 at the Jubilee Hall here. There were 114 stalls under 61 publication houses with books of all genres. The fest was inaugurated by the President of Kozhikode District Panchayat, Babu Parasery.
The book fest was held for the first time in Kozhikode and then later on, in other parts of the state.
“When we began this initiative, we saw two main advantages to it. First being, publishers can come together to display their wide range of books and make better sales. Secondly, it is a huge advantage for the readers. Customers have the luxury of getting a taste of many books of various genres, from a large number of publishers… all under one roof.” stated N. Shankaran master, President of the District Library Council.
“Reading is highly essential. The coming generations are slowly forgetting the importance of books and reading. Through these gatherings, I hope more people slowly get back to the habit of reading,” he added.
The District Library Council President also mentioned that with the rapid advancement of technology, children are less interested in reading books these days. It is important that we educate our future generations about the advantages of reading books, especially in terms of developing a better language and opening our minds to newer perspectives.
Rajesh, an employee at the District Library Council, was happy to share that they have more publishers at the event this time, than they did previously. They’ve also done considerably better, sales wise. The stalls are open from 9 am to 8 pm.
“We had a lot people come visit us over the last few days. We had all types of people, from ones who had in-depth knowledge about their books to people who didn’t have a clue about books. It has been a lot of fun,” shared a representative of Insight Publica, Anupama.
She also shared “the management was really supportive of us. The response from the customers have also been quite amazing. The overall participation in the fest has been absolutely great.” Insight Publica has been a part of the fest for over 5 years now.
The fest had the participation of many publication houses from different parts of Kerala. Some of which included DC Books, Rasberry Publications, Poorna Publications, Olive books, Kerala State Bookmark and Kairali books. The fest only featured books in Malayalam and English.