National Book Week celebrations begin across the country

The National Book Week, celebrated each year from November 14–20, is an initiative taken up by theNational Book Trust, India  to promote books in all Indian languages, including English, and also to create a culture of reading. The National Book Week programme is especially focused on children and young people in the country.

This week-long programme was launched in the year 1982 as a part of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of NBT. The first National Book Week was inaugurated by Jagmohan,  Lt. Governor of Delhi, on 14 December 1982. On this occasion he also commissioned the first sales-cum-display van of the Trust.

Over the years, NBT has stepped-up its activities to make the National Book Week more  eventful and popular among people. In 1985, it introduced the concept of book bazaar as part of National Book Week celebrations. The first bazaar was held at Pyarelal Bhawan, New Delhi from 8–10 March 1985.

The National Book Week has become a fixed event in NBT’s calendar and is celebrated throughout the country.

The entire week is dedicated to books and several book related events like seminars, panel discussions, book-release functions and book exhibitions are organized by NBT in collaboration with renowned publishers and booksellers, NGOs and educational institutions of the country. Noted litterateurs, writers, illustrators and experts in the field of publishing, participate in these events.

NBT carries out a special  publicity campaign announce the celebrations and to highlight the importance of books. During the week, advertisements in leading newspapers, special banners, posters and pamphlets are distributed in hundreds of schools, colleges, educational institutions and to book traders across the country spreading the message on importance of books.

The Sahitya Akademis across the country also organise programmes to celebrate the Book Week.

Incidentally, the National Book Week coincides with the National Library Week in the country.

ILA declared 14 November as National Library Day. Since 1968, 14-20 November has been celebrated as National Library Week all over India and various programs are organized to let the public know about the libraries.