Visitors at the event (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The fifth Vietnam Book Day kicked off in Hanoi on April 18, in the presence of Vo Van Thuong, head of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education.

Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan said through four years of organisation, the Vietnam Book Day has become a cultural event to promote reading culture in the community.

It also contributes to supporting books for localities in the remote and ethnic minority areas which are thirsty for information and knowledge, he added.

According to the minister, this year’s event is held at a larger scale than previous years, with nearly 20 events, including the introduction of the book “Industry 4.0, revolution of convergence and saving”, talks on “Books – culture, development and integration” and “picture book markets in Vietnam and the Republic of Korea”, and other activities such as games, painting contests, and lucky draw.

As an important activity of the Book Day, a book festival themed “Book and Family” will run until April 24 to foster connectivity between authors and readers as well as encourage and develop reading culture among the community to build a learning society.

It features over 100 pavilions of nearly 80 publishers nationwide, showcasing 50,000 book titles of various genres.

Exchanges between authors and readers and an introduction of popular books are among the highlights of the festival.

In 2014, the Prime Minister decided to take April 21 as Vietnam Book Day in connection with the debut of the Book “Duong Kach Menh” (The Revolutionary Path) by President Ho Chi Minh, the first work written in Vietnamese and printed by Vietnamese workers (April 21, 1927).

The fifth Vietnam Book Day will last until April 22 at the Thong Nhat park.-VNA