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Thou­sands of books can be viewed at the Haø Noäi’s 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 Nam’s first univer­sity, the event cap­i­talises on the city’s lit­er­ary his­tory.

Khueâ Vaên Caùc (Con­stel­la­tion of Lit­er­a­ture Pavil­ion), a sym­bol of the Viet­namese peo­ple’s 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 Noäi’s 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

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