Frontlist | Chennai Book Fair to begin on February 24, organisers expect better turnoutFrontlist | Chennai Book Fair to begin on February 24, organisers expect better turnout
on Feb 24, 2021
Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam has rented two stalls where books including those recommended by the actor in the popular Tamil show Bigg Boss which he hosts will be on displayThe annual Chennai Book Fair is set to begin on Wednesday (February 24) at the YMCA grounds in Nandanam and will be on till March 9. With several new writers emerging during the lockdown which also rekindled the love of reading in many, the organisers, Booksellers' and Publishers’ Association of South India (BAPASI), are expecting a better turnout than last year. “We have made sure all COVID-19 protocols are in place. We insist on everyone wearing masks and those who come without them will be given masks at the fair. Sanitisers will be kept at regular intervals,” said RS Shanmugam, President, BAPASI. This year, around 700 stalls will be put up and there will also be a ‘rack’ system for publishers who cannot afford rents for stalls. “In a hall, we will allot racks for those who cannot afford to pay rent for stalls. They can, instead, get a rack and display their books there,” said Shanmugam.
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