Hanoi Book Fair 2016 offers readers a chance to buy books at discount (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Hanoi Book Fair 2016 will feature an exhibit introducing the relationship between Hanoi and Vietnam with ASEAN countries.

The book fair, hosted by the capital’s Department of Information and Communications, kicks off on October 6, themed ‘Books and Integration’.

Various publications reflecting the culture and history of ASEAN countries are on display as the book fair celebrates one year of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The event is a festival for book lovers, an occasion to honour reading culture and a chance for cultural exchange between ASEAN countries.

The organising board worked with embassies of ASEAN countries to arrange booths introducing the culture and publications of each country.

Documentaries introducing the capital will be screened with the theme of Hanoi in Foreigners’ Eyes, with English subtitles available.

Books, photos and documents on national sovereignty are displayed at an indoor space entitled Vietnam’s Sea and Islands. The exhibition also showcases books and photos on the culture and society of the Truong Sa (Spratlys) Archipelago.

The book fair comprises 170 booths of 46 domestic and 20 foreign publishers. They present books in various genres including children’s books, literature, economy, science, books in foreign languages and e-books.

This is the first time foreign publishing houses will buy and sell copyrights at the book fair through the Hanoi-based Squirrel Rights Agency. It’s expected that many contracts for translating and publishing books between Vietnam and foreign publishers will be signed at the fair, according to Tuyet Nhung, from the Squirrel Rights Agency.

The book fair gathers famous publishers such as Graph Art Publishing House (Hungary), Glenat Publishing House (France), Kobunsha Publishing Company (Japan) and Pelangi Publishing Group (Malaysia).

“It’s also a chance for us to introduce publications, e-books and digital products of Vietnam to foreign partners,” said Nhung.

Claudia Kaiser, vice chairwoman of the Frankfurt Book Fair, will exchange with local publishers and talk about the world publishing industry in a workshop.

Beside books for sale, visitors will have a chance to talk with authors and discuss best-sellers.

Remarkable subjects include love stories in The Sound of Colours by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao; how a father deals with naughty kids in a book by famous director/actor Tran Luc; Young Samurai by Chris Bradford, translated by Hoàng Hương Trang; and depictions of the LGBT community in a book series published by Huy Hoang Company.

Children and parents can join painting activities inspired by books of the Kim Dong Publishing House.

The book fair runs through October 10 to celebrate the 62nd Liberation Day of Hanoi (October 10). It is open from 8am to 9pm, at Thang Long Royal Citadel, with entrance free.-VNA