It’s raining book fests in India!
India is home to a host of book fairs and literature festivals. Here’s a sneak peek into some of these events by Varsha Verma.
Bangalore Book Fair
Organisers: Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association
Venue: Palace Grounds, Bangalore
This major book fair is said to be the second largest in the country and is generally held in November.
Next edition: Oct 14-18, 2018
Bangalore Literature Festival
Venue: The LaLiT Ashok Lawns, Bengaluru
This is a great place for book enthusiasts and talented writers.
Next edition: Oct 27-28, 2018
Chennai Book Fair
Organisers: Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India
The fair lasts for about 10 days and is held between December and January. The fair is one of the important cultural events every year.
Next edition: Jan 4-20, 2019
Delhi Book Fair
Organisers: India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO)
Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
It is held in the month of August/September and the last edition of the Delhi Book Fair was recently held from August 25-Sept 2, 2018.
Next edition: Aug 28-Sept 1, 2019
Delhi Literature Festival
Supported by: Delhi Government
Venue: Dilli Haat
The beautiful historic city of Delhi, with a varied literary and cultural heritage, has it’s own three days Delhi Literature Festival (DLF) organised and celebrated in the winters of every year, around February.
Goa Arts & Literature Festival
Organiser: The International Centre
Venue: The International Centre Goa
Despite its small size and modest budget, GALF has become a magnet for some of the most acclaimed writers and poets from across India and the rest of the world world.
Next edition: Dec 6-8, 2018
Hyderabad Book Fair
Organisers: Book Fair Society
The fair is usually held in the month of December every year.
Venue: Telangana Kala Bharti (NTR Stadium), Hyderabad
Next edition: Dec 15-15, 2019
International Kolkata Book Fair
Organiser: Publishers and Booksellers Guild
Venue: Central Park Mela Ground, SaltLake, Kolkata
It is one of the most important book fairs in the country.
Next edition: Jan 30-Feb 10, 2019
Kochi International Book Festival
Organizers: Antharashtra Pusthakotsava Samithy, Kochi
Venue: Ernakulathappan Grounds, Kochi
It is the largest and one of the best book fairs in South India.
Next edition: Nov 2-11, 2018
Neev Literature Festival
Organiser: Neev Academy
Venue: Neev Academy, Bengaluru
Started last year with the aim to encourage conversation among different stakeholders in children’s publishing, the festival will recognize outstanding talents in the field this year by bestowing three Neev Children’s Book Awards (NCBA).
Next edition: Sept 27-29, 2018
World Book Fair
Organisers: National Book Trust, India, in association with ITPO
Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
According to NBT, it is the biggest book fair in the Afro-Asian Region and attracts exhibitors both from India and abroad.
Next edition: Jan 5-13, 2019
Noida International Literature Festival
Organiser: Vibhor Festival Trust
This is a new bookfest and this year, it will be their second edition.
Venue: Unitech Golf and Country Club, Sector 96, Noida
Next edition: Oct 6-7, 2018
Pune International Literary Festival
Venue: Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration
The festival aims to create an exciting and interactive platform in Pune for writers, publishers and readers.
Next edition: Sept 28-30, 2018
Vijayawada Book Festival
Organisers: The Vijayawada Book Festival Society (VBFS)
The is held from 1–11 January every year.
Next edition: Jan 1-11, 2019
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival
Organiser: Teamwork Arts
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.
Venue: Jan 24- 28, 2019