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​Vietnam’s biggest book fair to kick off tonight in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, March 19, 2018, 11:45 GMT+7

The biggest book fair of the year in Vietnam will open on Monday evening at a downtown park in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring millions of books by hundreds of global publishers and distributors.

The 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Book Fair will run for a full week from March 19 to 25 at the Le Van Tam Park in District 1.

The biennial event, which started in 2000, has since grown to be the largest and most popular book and publishing show in the city and Vietnam.

This year, in its 10th edition, the fair will feature 900 book stalls run by 175 publishing and distributing units from Vietnam and across the globe, organizers said at a press conference announcing its launch last week.

“The 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Book Fair will be the biggest ever held in Vietnam, with 20 percent more books available compared to the last edition,” said Pham Minh Thuan, general director of Vietnamese bookstore franchise FAHASA.

In total, around 30 million book copies will be available at the book fair, including those by such publishing giants as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, National Geographic, MacMillan, Sage, Hachette, Cornelsen, Kletz, Heuber, and Books Kinokuniya.

The fair is also held in celebration of Vietnam’s National Book Day (March 21) and the World Book and Copyright Day (April 23).

Nearly 100 book-related events will take place during the week-long fair, including talk shows with best-selling authors, book launches, book signings, and seminars on Vietnam’s publishing industry.

The fair will remain open to visitors between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm over the next week with no entrance fee required, while steep discounts of up to 50 percent are expected to be rolled out by all participating stalls as a means to boost sales.

Nguyen Minh Nhut (L), director of Tre Publishing House, speaks at a press conference announcing the 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Book Fair on March 14, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Minh Nhut (L), director of Tre Publishing House, speaks at a press conference announcing the 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Book Fair on March 14, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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