The Ekushey Book Fair in New York, organised at Jackson Heights by the Muktodhara Foundation, came to a close on February 28. The book fair featured a wide range of programmes, alongside launch of over a hundred books published in 2013.
The wave of Shahbagh protests also hit the fair, as renditions and recitations of 'Jagoroner Gaan O Kobita' (songs and poems of awakening) featured everyday at the fair. Solidarity was also expressed with the youth movement in Dhaka from the fair, while books on the Liberation War were among top favourites. However, Humayun Ahmed's last novel “Deyal” and Bishwajit Saha's “Humayun Ahmed-er Shesh Dinguli” (The last days of Humayun Ahmed) topped the selling list at the 10-day fair.
Among old publications, “Ekattorer Chithi” and the incomplete autobiography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rhaman were the other top sellers, while the 2013 books -- Humayun Ahmed's “Hijibiji”, Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal's “Black Hole-er Bachcha” also fared well with the bookworms of New York.
The book fair also featured seminars and discussions.
Muktodhara organisers were happy about the turn out at the fair, adding that parents' commitment in teaching their children Bangla was commendable.