This event is supported by The Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI), Chennai.
170 Publishers from Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, New Delhi and Maharashtra have participated in this event. They have together occupied 265 stalls.
Coimbatore Book Festival 2017 was inaugurated at 06.00 PM on Friday, the 21st July 2017 at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex by the Chairman of National Book Trust Shri. Baldeo Bhai Sharma.
The previous edition had cultural programs, debates and motivational speeches by eminent personalities, which were well received by the Public.
Following the good public reception, we have added more programs to this yearâ€™s event like some described below:
- Literary Festival: (22nd and 23rd July 2017)
This will be congregation of noted writers, poets and noted personalities from the literary world.
- Arivukkeni: (A Movement for Book Reading) This program will comprise of Elocution, Drawing Competitions and the likes on all days for school and college students in both Tamil and English languages. To reach our objective, we have started a Movement titled, â€œArivukkeniâ€ and have addressed about 50000 students in about 200 educational institutions about the significance of reading good books. This Movement will be given a thrust on the sidelines of Coimbatore Book Festival.
- Special Programs for Employees: This again will comprise of various programs for employees like skits, debates and drama. We have initiated a Movement to create Library in all industries and are happy to mention that more than 100 industries have come forward to set up Libraries at their respective premises. In addition, many companies have agreed to give away Gift Coupons in the denomination of Rs. 100/- each to their employees which can be redeemed for Books at the Coimbatore Book Festival.
- There will be entertainment programs on all days at 06.00 PM which will comprise of dance, music, childrenâ€™ drama, ancient folk art, literary platform, satire court etc.
CODISSIA has organised two Free Shuttle service vans from Avinashi Road junction till the Complex to facilitate ease of movement to the visitors. Entry is FREE for all.
Visitors timing will be from 11.00 AM till 08.00 PM on all days.
The previous edition of this event witnessed a footfall of 60000 visitors and Rs. 2.5 Crore business turnover. We expect these figures to go up during this edition.
Many individuals, Trade Associations and Social Groups have worked tirelessly for several months to make this event a grand success.