NDWBF 2018 all set to go green

The impact of climate change is real and even the world of books cannot remain immune to this. Thus, the theme of this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair, organised by the National Book Trust, India, to be held at Pragati Maidan from 6 to 14 January 2018 will be ‘Environment and Climate Change.’

03 Jan 2018 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

As part of this, the theme pavilion on Hall 7 will feature the country’s ‘traditional affinity’ to sustainability. There will also be a large display of books on environment and nature. There will be at least 600 books on the environment — including various studies, children’s books and eco-fiction in various languages. The European Union, the guest of honour country, will host an environmental protection photo exhibition. Meanwhile, over twenty countries from across the European Union with a delegation of publishers, editors and authors is expected to attend the event.

Besides, discussions, conversation with the authors, environmentalists and book release functions would be organised where experts would discuss various ways through which environment can be saved from further deterioration.

The Book Fair, the country’s largest book event, will see a coming together of more than 800 publishers at the event, besides popular authors and visitors ranging from all strata of society. The last edition of event saw a footfall of 13 lakh people. This year, NBT, India, is expecting the number to rise.

To promote reading habits, NBT, India has started an initiative called Har Haath Ek Kitaab (Books in Every Hand). NBT has also roped in Akashvani, Doordarshan and all FM channels will publicise the event. To spread awareness among the masses, a theme calendar has been designed for distribution on important aspects like cleanliness and safeguarding animals, birds, water, air and trees.

New Delhi Rights Table  

As part of the New Delhi World Book Fair, the NBT, India is organising the New Delhi Rights Table from 08-09 January 2018 as part of its effort to promote Indian books abroad and to facilitate business interactions to buy/sell translation rights between Indian publishers and foreign publishers.

The New Delhi Rights Table would provide a unique opportunity for publishers from across the world to meet each other on a one-to-one basis to tentatively finalise their interest and agreements for transfer of translation rights available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.