Readers choose books at the pedestrian-only Book Street in downtown HCM City. (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) - Nearly 160 new books by international and Vietnamese authors will be released this month as part of the Youth Books for March programme.

The event is being held by the Youth Publishing House and other 49 publishers and bookstores in Vietnam.

The publications include novels by young Vietnamese writers, including Chuyen Tau Nhat Thuc (Train in Eclipse) by Dinh Phuong, Nhan Giang Nam Nghieng (Sloping World) by Dinh Hang, and Bua Doi Lac Phan (Flavourful Life) by Ka Binh Phong.

Truong An is presenting his debut novel Ngoai Bo Dong La Mat Troi (Beyond the East is the Sun), a chronicle of the life of Vietnamese royalty in the 19th century. It won praise from veteran authors and critics.

The picture version for the second book from the Harry Potter series will also be released.

As part of book month, talks with writers and book introductions will be featured at the pedestrian-only Book Street in District 1.

The Youth Publishing House will host a play based on best-selling author Nguyen Nhat Anh’s Chuyen Xu Langbiang on the occasion of the release of its reprint.

The play is about two teenagers and their adventure to a witches’ land called Langbiang. It will be staged by the Tuoi Ngoc (Childhood) drama troupe, which has performed plays for children over the last 20 years.

The play will take place on March 11 on Book Street.

Nguyen Minh Nhut, director of the publishing house, said it had made an effort to release new books, especially those by young Vietnamese writers.

As many as 330 reprinted editions of famous local and foreign writers have been released for the occasion, he said.

As part of the programme, the publishing house will offer a 20 percent discount on all of its titles at bookstores nationwide.

Thousands of rare and old books are now on display at the Day of Old Books Fair at the September 23 Park in District 1.

The three-day fair includes 20 stalls of secondhand books from bookstores.

Vietnamese poetry books and novels, history books and foreign literary works are featured, as well as exhibitions on southern Vietnamese literary works in the 1930-1945 period.

Three talks by booksellers, collectors and writers are also being held.

All books at the event are being sold at a 50 percent discount.-VNA