Ninth HCM City book fair to open later this month hinh anh 1Illustrative Image (Source :VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The ninth Ho Chi Minh City Book Fair will open at Le Van Tam Park in the southern city from March 21-27, featuring more than 720 booths from 167 domestic and foreign publishers.

Speaking at a press conference on March 15, Director of the municipal Department of Information and Communications Le Thai Hy said this year’s event will see a significant increase in the numbers of participating firms and booths.

Themed “ Books- Culture and Development”, the fair will introduce to readers millions of copies of 300,000 different books. Visitors at the event will also have a chance to buy books with discounted prices or take part in attractive promotion programmes.

Numerous activities will be held during the week-long event such as talks; drawing competitions; exhibitions on books; and photos on Vietnam’s seas and islands, Ho Chi Minh City and its development process; and e-books.

A highlight of the fair will be a playground for kids with several activities including painting, sand-picture making and storytelling competitions.

The biennial event started in 2000, receiving a warm response from the public while encouraging reading culture among Vietnamese youth and adults.-VNA