Bangladesh’s month-long national book fair “to be bigger than ever” this year. Publishers promote on social media while ebook retailers look the other way

When one thinks of the worlds biggest book fairs its unlikely Bangladesh is on the list of prime candidates, but in fact the annual Amar Ekushey Boi Mela in Dhaka is well up there in the running, not least for its duration. The boi mela lasts the entire month of February. The annual book festival Read More …

Six weeks after the world’s longest book fair ended Bangladesh is at it again

Happy New Year! In Bangladesh, that is, where 1425 has just begun, and among myriad celebrations to celebrate the New Year is a ten day book fair organised by the Bangla Academy. A book fair in Bangladesh? If you’re new here you could be forgiven for wondering if they even have bookstores in Bangladesh, such Read More …

Bangladesh PM delivers stunning opening ceremony speech at the Amar Ekushy Boi Mela

The Bangladesh Prime Minister delivered a stunning address to launch the Ekushy Boi Mela book fair yesterday. I’ve already covered the Ekushey Boi Mela fair, the longest duration book fair in the world, here at TNPS yesterday, so I’m going to limit this post to selected excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech, in her own Read More …