The National Book Foundation (NBF) has planned a three-day book festival to mark National Book Day on April 22.
The celebrations will kick off on April 20 and culminate on April 22, with writers, poets, intellectuals, and civil society leaders expected to participate, according to a press release issued by NBF.
NBF Managing Director Mazharul Islam, himself is an acclaimed short story writer, said the occasion provided a good opportunity for prominent writers and intellectuals to communicate with their readers at length and answer their questions.
This is the fourth consecutive mega book event being celebrated by the NBF at the national level.
Islam said this year’s slogan, “Back to Book – Read for Life,” was made in view of sharing the importance of reading with attendees.
Other book-reading exercises, such as ‘Book March,’ ‘Book Reading Festival,’ Book Parade, and the ‘Book Flag Hoisting’ ceremony are expected to take place on the first day during which students will also be singing the ‘Book Anthem.’
All three days will feature a session during which writers will be reading out excerpts from their best sellers.
Audiences will have a chance to enjoy the celebrated works of Intazar Hussain, Mian Raza Rabbani, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Fahmida Riaz, Noon Meem Rahsi, and Mansha Yad among others across the three-day event.
At the end of each book reading session, a question and answer session will be held, whereby students will have the opportunity to question their favourite writers on topics relating to their life, work, philosophy and vision. Each session will last an hour.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2013.
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