Weeklong book fair ends in Mymensingh | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 18, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 18, 2008

Weeklong book fair ends in Mymensingh

A weeklong book fair concluded at the premises of District Public Library recently. Deputy Commissioner of Jamalpur, Mohamamd Abdul Hoque inaugurated the fair titled "Jamalpur District Boi Mela." The District Public Library and National Library jointly organised the fair.
Among others, deputy director of National Library Md. Aminul Islam, police superintendent (in-charge) Mohammad Ziaul Hoque spoke on the inaugural session with advocate Wares Ali Mamun, chairperson of Jamalpur Municipality, also convener of the fair celebration committee in the chair.
A total of 22 stalls, including three from Dhaka, were set up at the fair. The young ones flocked to a designated corner with activities for them.
The weeklong fair also featured discussions and cultural functions, that included poetry recitation, essay reading, Nazrul and Tagore songs, Baul songs and painting competitions for children.
Another feature of the weeklong book fair was the launching ceremony of a book titled Troyee and Bankim Chandra. The author of the work is eminent writer Shantonu Kaiser, ex-principal of a government college. Writers from outside the district were also present.
Samir Majumder from Comilla, Zaidul Hossain, president of Brahmanbaria Sahitya Academy, Mahfuzur Rahman from Maulvibazar, Piash Majid from Jahangirnagar University and poet Ahmed Aziz and Professor Haider, among others, spoke on the occasion with Professor Azizul Hoque in the chair. Ali Zahir delivered the welcome speech.
On the concluding day, a discussion was held with chairperson advocate Wares Ali Mamun. Prizes were also distributed among the winners of essay, painting and cultural competitions.
Expressing his gratitude, Etimuddulah Hindol, member secretary of the fair, said that the fair had attracted a large number of book lovers. "It would be even better to organise such fairs in rural district towns," he added. The stall owners, in turn, were heartened by good sales of books.

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