New Delhi: Inspired by Anna Hazare's ongoing fast against corruption, writers, poets, playwrights and other authors are set to brainstorm on practical ways to tackle the social menace at the 17th edition of the Delhi Book Fair.
Beginning in the national capital on August 27, the week-long fair will see a seminar on "Corruption: Different Dimension" organised by the Authors Guild of India.
"There are movements all over the country and everybody on Friday is talking about corruption. We thought, however, that as authors we should discuss the issue in an objective manner and try to find possible solutions," S Awasthy, General Secretary, Authors Guild of India told.
Established in 1974, the guild with a membership of 1800 authors, has been participating in every edition of the Delhi Book Fair.
The Book Fair organised jointly by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and The Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) is attracting as many as 300 Indian and foreign publishers and organisers say they expect 5 lakh visitors this year.
"The theme this year is on Travel and Tourism. We have special sessions on children's literature and the business of electronic-books and their growth, “says an official.
The Indian book market with over 16,000 publishers and 30,000 bookshops besides multi-national publishing companies who along with Indian publishers bring out around 70,000 titles per annum.
Hindi records highest number of titles published every year, while 30 per cent of all books are published in English.
The other major languages of publication are Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil. Also there are 16 other official languages in which a large number of publications are published.
Meanwhile, a workshop on literary activities with participation of Delhi University students has been organized by Lekhikha Sangh.
There is also a seminar on folktales "Ghummaked Lok Katha" for children by the Bachpan Society for Children's Literature.
Sessions like "Discover the Genius in Your Child," "How to Study Intelligently" has been slotted especially for school children. Eminent writers of children's literature in English and vernacular languages are participating in the Fair.
"We have seven literary sessions in the Fair. Poetry readings, a public lecture on literature, as well as separate sessions on satire, fiction and ghazals throughout the Fair," says Dinesh Mishra, Indian Society of Authors.
Visitors to the week-long fair would also be able to witness a concurrent event, the 13th Stationary Fair 2011, showcasing educational and office stationery and teaching aids.
The American Embassy would conduct programmes on higher education in US as well as "How to get student visa for the US".
Participating publishers will also be competing for the Excellence in Book Production award 2011.