The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communication will hold a book festival along the city’s main boulevards February 7-13 to celebrate the Lunar New Year Holiday.
“Books and 54 Vietnamese peoples” will be divided into four zones with more than two hundred thousand books from twelve prestigious national publishers.
A zone to showcase the books on the cultural customs, costumes and heritage of the country’s 54 ethnic groups will be set aside on Nguyen Hue, Mac Thi Buoi, Dong Khoi, Ngo Duc Ke and Le Loi Streets.
Around 207 titles, many of which establish Vietnam’s territorial waters and islands, will be included.
There will be also sectors which exhibit e-books, children books, and antique books, along with the latest publications, to please the city’s book-lovers.
Braille books for the blind and sight-impaired will be among the highlights of the first ever Tet book fest.
Trung Nguyen Coffee will host pavilions and shops along the streets in ideal spots for caffeine-seeking bookworms.
Vo Van Long, vice director of HCMC Department of Information and Communication, said at a press conference held on January 25 that the book-themed street fest will provide an interesting beginning to the “plot” of city dwellers as they embark on the Year of the Snake.
Encouraging the habit of reading, Long asserted, will nourish the Vietnamese soul and enhance patriotism.