After 2-yr- break, Bangalore Book Fest back in Oct

After 2-yr- break, Bangalore Book Fest back in Oct

Readers’ delight

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After a two-year hiatus, the Bangalore Book Festival is all set to make a comeback in the city this October at Palace Grounds.

The event was last held in 2015 amid a row with the state government on having Palace Grounds as its venue.

The Bangalore Book Festival 2018 will be held from October 15 to October 21, Kannada Development Authority chairperson S G Siddaramaiah formally announced in Bengaluru on Friday.

“The speciality this time is that the event will also feature a two-day Kannada literature festival where we expect writers from all over the state to participate,” he said.

Organised by the Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association (BBPA) along with Indya Comics, the Bangalore Book Festival will have an entry fee of Rs 20.

There will be no entry fee for school and college students, BBPA president A N Ramachandra said. “We will have about 300 stalls of which 80-100 will be for Kannada books,” he added.

The festival will offer a 15% discount on all books, with some publishers likely to offer higher rebates.

Between 2003 and 2012, the book festival was a 10-day affair attracting lakhs of bibliophiles.

After an interrupted run, the event was cancelled in 2013 following the refusal of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) to permit the use of Palace Grounds beyond three days.

In 2014, the festival moved to a location in JP Nagar and it returned to Palace Grounds for seven days in 2015 following a High Court directive.

“There was a curb on the number of days an event can be held at Palace Grounds, which has now been relaxed,” Ramachandra said.

Kannada academy in Delhi

Kannada and Culture Minister Jayamala on Friday said the state government would extend full support to the Delhi government’s decision to set up a Kannada language academy in the national capital.

“I have already directed officials concerned to work on this,” she said in a statement.

Earlier this week, the Delhi government approved a proposal to set up 15 new regional language academies, including Kannada.

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