At a press conference held on Tuesday at a local hotel it was announced that the thirteenth Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) arranged by the Pakistani Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBSA) in coordination with the National Book Foundation would be held on the 7th of December and would be ending on the 11th of December at the Expo Centre, Karachi.
Aziz Khalid—Chairman PPBSA while talking to media said that the event is being organized since 2005. Initially, the association took the help of media for arranging an international standard book fair in the country. At that time the resources were limited but the objective was to encourage people towards reading books and to project a soft image of Pakistan across the world.
The goal was to promote the educational culture.
Mr. Khalid further added like previous years this year also the response of the national and international exhibitors was good. International publishers would come for the event and the ones who cannot would be sending their books for the exhibition.
He thanked booksellers from various cities of the country including Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, and Lahore for taking a regular and active part in the book fair.
He added that the objective of the fair is to facilitate the students and general readers to the kind of books they want to read.
Owais Mirza Jamil—Karachi International Book Fair-Collector said that thirteen years back the fair was held inside the premises of one hall and there were hardly eighty stalls, but it was important that the organizers took the initiative and continued it for years.
Today the event is known internationally. The hard work of the initiators paid off so much so that now the international book fairs wish to be a part of the KIBF.
The KIBF—13th edition would be held between December 7 till December 11. The public would be allowed to visit the fair between 10 am to 9 pm. The opening would be tomorrow that is Thursday morning. The inauguration would be conducted by Nasir Hussain Shah—Provincial Minister for Information.
This year there would be three hundred and thirty stalls and the exhibitors from the countries like Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, France, India, China, the United Kingdom and Singapore would take part. Other nations would also be represented in the book fair.
So, all the book lovers out there get ready to grab your on-the-list books from KIBF.