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106/365 – Chennai Book Fair

Chennai Book Fair or Madras Book Fair is an annual book fair organized in the Chennai, India by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI). The fair typically lasts for about 10 days during the New Year-Pongal season. The fair is usually held between the last week of December and the third week of January.

  

The Chennai Book Fair is one of the biggest book fairs in the country with almost all major publishers of India participating in it. The Chennai Book Fair is considered to be one of the biggest events in the Chennai cultural calendar along with the Chennai music season.

History
The 1st Madras Book Fair was organized in Madras between December 14 and December 24, 1977 by The Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India(BAPASI), an association with major publishing companies of Tamil Nadu especially Madras & South India. The 1st Madras Book Fair had 22 stalls and was held at the Madrasa-I-Azam school. The first six book fairs were successful mainly due to the efforts of K. V. Mathew of BI Publications who was responsible for the growth of the book fair in its early years.

The early editions were held in the last weeks of December and ended in the first week of January in order to coincide with the Christmas-New Year holidays. However, in the late nineties, the fair was moved to mid-January to coincide with the Pongal festive season.

Features
The Chennai Book Fair is considered to be one of the biggest events in the Chennai cultural calendar along with the Chennai music season. In addition to book stalls, there are food and refreshment stalls to serve the needs of hungry visitors. Regular debates, contests and speeches are held at the venue. In recent times, movie clippings of films of international renown are filmed at the venue of the fair. Annual awards to the best writer and the best publisher are given at the fair.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chennai_Book_Fair

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