A recount of our day aboard Hope.
– Shana Susan Ninan
Visiting mv Logos Hope was a grand experience for Terence and me. We left with great expectations in our heart: Hope was advertised as the largest floating library in the world. And, it definitely is! Six hundred and ten square metres of book space. I had gone onboard Hope’s sister vessel, Doulos, when it called on Cochin in 2004. But this is a bigger, wider ship.
We picked up our tickets and waited in line to step onto the gangplank. A security person and a crewmember greeted us and welcomed us aboard the huge ship. At the entrance itself there was a ship-like seating area and a wall-mounted screen where we were shown a three-minute video about the vessel. We walked down the large wood-panelled floors into the book fair area, and were struck by the neatly-stacked rows of books.
Ezhuthupura Creating Writing Workshop is one of the main attractions at the Thiruvananthapuram Book Fair. The workshop will start on December 22 and go on till the 26th. Children, who will be engaged from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., can interact with Valerie Minor, Head of the Creative Writing Department at the Stanford University, as well as with big names such as Sugathakumari, Zachariah, S. Sivadas and D. Vinayachandran.
The book fair and the workshop will be held at the Kanakakkunnu palace grounds. The fair also focuses on short films screening and puppet theatre events.
Those high school children interested in participating in the workshop should apply to the Director, Kerala State Institute for Children’s Literature, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram-34. They should add a creative-writing piece of their own in two pages and also include a contact number.
We need an international book fair in Patna, feels Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. He was inaugurating the 18th Patna Book Fair at the Gandhi Maidan, yesterday. In alliance with UNICEF, the book fair’s theme is ‘Right to Education: Special focus on underprivileged children and girl child’.
The 12-day fest is organised by the Centre for Readership Development (CRD), and has over 670 book stalls, with a wide range representation from publishers, corporates, NGOS and others. On weekdays, the fair will be open from 11.30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. School and college children will have free entry to the book fair.
The organising committee of the fair will be giving away awards for journalism, literature and theatre, on December 19.
Imagine you’re sitting down to read the Bible, and have to do so using a microscope! Well, that’s what you’d have to do if you’re gonna buy the ‘slide’ Bible. It’s one of the attractions at the five-day Cochin International Christian Book Fair at the Town Hall, in Cochin. It is made by the R&D dept of NCR Corporation at Dayton, Ohio of USA. It has all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. On one slide you can read 1245 pages of the Bible. Now, isn’t that something!
The fair kicked off today with a lot of people queuing up to take a look at and buy varieties of Bibles. And when I say varieties, I mean it – there’s more than 800 different types of this religious book. There’s the smallest Bible at 10gm and the heaviest one at seven kilos. Also for sale are waterproof Bibles and the steel grip one.