New Delhi World Book Fair 2024
The 51st edition of New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), being held for the past 50 years, is a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2024 is scheduled to be held from 10 to 18 February 2024 in newly constructed Halls 2-5 GF at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Fair is organized by National Book Trust, India, an autonomous organization of the Government of India under the Ministry of Education in collaboration with India Trade Promotion Organization.
This year’s theme revolves around ‘Multilingual India,’ with a special focus on ‘Tribal Voices and Tribal Literature.’ Building on the success of last year’s collaboration, where over 300 books from 18 Adivasi/Indigenous/Tribal/First Nations publishing groups were featured, we are excited to extend an invitation for your active participation once again.
Today, Indian publishing stands poised at significant crossroads towards the path of growth. NDWBF offers the exhibitors a unique opportunity for business with this growing book industry. It is also an ideal venue for promoting titles, co-publication arrangements and trade. Besides the many literary and publishing conferences and programs that are organized during the Fair, it opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia. The Fair attracts participation from major publishing houses across the globe. In 2021, the Fair was organized virtually and the platform had more than 2.8 million hits, visitors from 70 countries across the world, 150 Indian Exhibitors and about 15 Foreign Exhibitors.
Publishing House and Adivasi/Indigenous/First Nations Literature
It is a well-known fact that even after 75 years of independence, there is no policy and proper arrangement for publication of Adivasi/Indigenous/Tribal/First Nations literature written in mother tongue and other regional languages including Hindi-English, at both government and non-government levels. Even the central and state level literary academies have remained indifferent in this direction so far. It is known from the publication lists of big publishing houses of India like Rajkamal, Vani, Prabhat, Penguin etc. that their interest in printing First Nations literature is negligible. In this matter, the attitude of publishers in Hindi and English and Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Rajasthani, Gujarati etc. is the same.
World Book Fair and Adivasi/Indigenous Publications
Till date, during the last 51 years, no initiative has been taken by the government, nor by voluntary civil organizations, for the participation of First Nations writers and publications in this fair. Even on the occasion of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, this attitude being taken towards the publication, promotion and dissemination of literature of the first inhabitants of India is gross disregard of the literary wealth and knowledge tradition of the country’s 20 crore First Nations people.
Need for participation of First Nations literature and publishing houses in the World Book Fair
We the First Nations people of India are in constant struggle for the protection of our ancestral social, cultural and linguistic rights, protection of water, forest land and restoration of constitutional rights. The expression of this historical struggle has been happening equally in both our oral tradition and written literature. That’s why it is necessary that the participation of First Nations literature, publishing houses and writers should be ensured in the New Delhi World Book Fair to be organized in 2024. For this, a book stall is being set up by Pyara Kerketta Foundation, a professional publishing house based in Ranchi, Jharkhand, to take the First Nations literature published in Hindi, English and regional languages including various First Nations languages of India to the global reader. So that First Nations writers, their works and publications also get an opportunity to participate in the World Book Fair and First Nations literature being published through community, social and individual efforts in various First Nations languages of the country including Jharkhand and people of the country and the world from writers and publishers.
We are inviting your/your organization’s participation in the World Book Fair so that the all-India form of First Nations literature is presented and the readers can interview its diverse rich storytelling.
Adivasi First Nations Book Akhra Stall
If you are an Adivasi author, publishing house or newspaper or journal editor, you can send your or your institution’s published books to us for sale and display at the fair. We will provide adequate space and bookshelves at our book stall – Adivasi Indigenous Book Akhra – at the Mela for display and sale of your books and publications. This service will be given absolutely free of cost to you and your publishing house for the promotion and dissemination of Indian First Nations literature.
Book Launch and National Symposium
We will organize two main programs in the Lekhak Manch of the World Book Fair.
- Book Launch
In this program, the book you publish and its author will be given as much time as possible. The condition will be that the book should be brand new and neither it is already available for sale nor it has been publicly released.
- National Symposium on the topic Future of Indian literature ‘First Nations Literature’
You will be invited as a special speaker as a publisher, writer and editor in the National Symposium organized on the above subject in the fair. It will be our endeavor that leading First Nations writers, editors and publishers from all directions of India can participate in this National Symposium.
Keep in mind:
- If you want to participate in these programs, please send your written consent to us by January 25, 2024. After this stipulated date, it will not be possible to consider your participation.
- The proposed date of organizing program number 1 and 2 will be February 12 and the time will be from 5.30 to 6.30 pm.
- Free community arrangements will be made to stay and eat during the fair.
- We will bear the 3 AC rail fare for special invitee publishers, writers and editors.
- The participants will have to bear their own travel expenses from the designated place of residence to the Mela (Pragati Maidan) in Delhi. We will arrange transportation for invited guests only.
Terms and Conditions –
- If you are a First Nations author-publisher, we will provide bookshelf for your published books at our stall.
- If you are a author and your book has been published by any big or small Non-First Nations publishing house and that publishing house itself is setting up a stall in the fair, then we will not be able to include you.
- You will have to send your books for the fair by 5 February 2024 by parcel or courier to this address in Delhi-
- Manjeet Kumar Meena
House No – 15, Gali No. 17,
West Sant Nagar, Delhi – 110084
Mobile: +91 9999722765
- Manjeet Kumar Meena
- If you are coming to the fair yourself, you can bring books till 10 February 2024.
- You will have to bear the cost of packaging, parcel or courier for delivering the books to Delhi and back.
- Old and damaged books or periodicals will not be accepted.
- It is mandatory to give 10 percent discount on the fixed price of books.
- It is mandatory to give minimum 30 percent amount on the total sale of books to the organizing institute.
- The authors, editors and publishing institutions will be solely responsible for accidental damages during transportation and the fair. Pyara Kerketta Foundation will not be held responsible for this under any circumstances.
If you have any question or suggestion in this regard, it will be most welcome.
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Come and change the history of Afro-Asia largest World Book Fair
with resonance of Adivasi literature @75 years of Independence.
Happy New Year and looking forward with solidarity,
Organizer, Adivasi First Nations Book Akhra Stall
Chief executive, Pyara Kerketta Foundation