Saigonese enjoys various activities to mark Vietnam Book Day
Updated at Sunday, 22 Apr 2018, 10:00
The Hanoitimes - Book lovers in Ho Chi Minh City will have a chance enjoy various activities to mark Vietnam Book Day on April 21 and World Book and Copyright Day on April 23.
The Ho Chi Minh City Book Pedestrian Street will launch a mobile library offering free book rentals and book exchange. Many book groups like Book and Friend, Book Connect and Room to Read will hold programmes for young people on the book street from April 20 - 24.
Saigonese enjoys various activities to mark Vietnam Book Day.
In addition, on April 23, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Culture and the Ho Chi Minh City College of Culture and Arts will host seminars on promoting the reading hobby among youth, as well as talks with young authors on book street.
On April 21, Saigon Books, one of the city’s leading publishers, will launch a programme called “Vietnamese Authors and Their Books” to honour young writers and books, and to encourage them to continue their writing and introduce their books to the world. On the occasion, local publishers will release new books by both local and foreign authors.
The Tre (Youth) Publishing House will publish a set of four books titled Thieu Bao Binh Nguyen highlighting the country’s struggles against three Yuan-Mongol invasions in the 13th century.
The city’s Culture, Literature and Arts Publishing House will introduce Ngan và Rat Ngan (Short and Very Short) combining a series of short stories by archaeologist Nguyen Thi Hau and culturist Nguyen Thi Minh Thai. Hau and Thai will meet with young readers at the publishing house on April 23.
Vietnam Book Day is an annual nationwide observance held on April 21. It was established in 2014. This holiday focuses on raising public awareness about the importance of books and encouraging reading in the community.
According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, April 21 was selected as Vietnam Book Day because one of the first Vietnamese books was published in April. It was “Duong Cach Menh” (Revolutionary Road) by Ho Chi Minh, the first president of Vietnam. Additionally, April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day established by UNESCO. Vietnam Book Day aims to link national activities with this global observance.
Vietnam Book Day honors the role and importance of books in education and social life as well as promotes reading culture in Vietnam. It also celebrates people who are involved in book publishing and distribution: authors, editors, publishers, distributors, librarians.
On the occasion, numerous events are organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. They include but are not limited to book festivals, exhibitions, book streets, book exchanges, contests, discussions, seminars, workshops and other activities.