PLACE TO LEARN
Thousands of books can be viewed at the Haø Noäis biggestever book fair, which opened yesterday at the Royal Citadel Heritage site.
HAØ NOÄI Tens of thousands of books can be viewed by readers at the Haø Noäi Book Fair which opened yesterday at the Royal Citadel Heritage site.
The event, running until October 2, aims to improve citizens reading habits and focuses particularly on young readers.
Located at Vaên Mieáu ( Temple of Literature) and
Quoác Töû Giaùm, Vieät Nams first university, the event capitalises on the citys literary history.
Khueâ Vaên Caùc (Constellation of Literature Pavilion), a symbol of the Vietnamese peoples fondness for reading, was made out of books for the event.
Forty five publishing houses from across the country occupy 112 booths with their latest publications including children s books, works by Vietnamese authors and translations at discounted prices.
The book fair hosts seven book exhibitions, each with unique themes - Haø Noäis past and present, late President Hoà Chí Minh in Haø Noäi and some beautifully designed publications.
Lectures with answer and question periods will be given throughout the festival. Wellknown authors such as Ñoã Phaán, poet Vuõ Quaàn Phöông, 95-year-old cultural researcher Höõu Ngoïc and historian professor Phan Huy Leâ, who penned
Lòch Söû Thaêng Long Haø Noäi (History of Thaêng Long Haø Noäi) - will participate.
During the week- long event there will also be a slew of book-related arts-and-crafts activities, including a calligraphy performance and a bookmark decoration event.
The festival also hopes to improve reading habits. Donated books will be distributed to local libraries, schools, post offices and cultural houses in poor communes in Haø Noäi, Tröôøng Sa (Spratly) island district and Khaùnh Hoøa Province.
The book fair is hosted by the city Department of Information and Communications to celebrate the 60th Liberation Day of Haø Noäi and the 15th year since Haø Noäi received the title City for Peace from UNESCO. It is open from 8am to 9pm, free entrance.
Voluminous: Khueâ Vaên Caùc (Constellation of Literature Pavilion) built with books greets visitors to the Ha Noi Book Fair. VNS Photo Minh Thu