The Kolkata International Book Fair took place from January 31, 2019, to February 11, 2019, at Central Park Mela Ground, Salt Lake, Kolkata and this time, it witnesses the proof sale of Rs 21 crore.
It was Rs 1 crore more than the sales figure at the book fair in 2018, according to data available till Monday evening.
In total, 23 lakh people visit the book fair, since its installation on January 31.
The portion of writers from Russia had attended the Book Fair and the journalism celebration in past edition and the two countries share cultural ties, Guild general secretary Tridib Chatterjee said.
The next version of the International Kolkata Book Fair will therefore fittingly make Russia as the theme country which will be in sync with the tradition to name one theme country every year to create consciousness about that nation among the people and boost cultural ties, Chatterjee said.
He was addressing the closing formal procedure of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair.
Guatemala was the theme country of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair in 2019.
The guild has felicitated a teacher from Chakdah in Nadia district for buying books worth Rs 2.42 lakh from this edition of the book fair as "such people should be brought to the limelight for surroundings an example for the new generation of book lovers," Chatterjee said.
Four winners of a lottery held to endorse buying of books were also gifted a designer bookshelf each by the organizers. The shelf was filled with books of their choice, worth Rs 1 lakh.
Several countries from across the world attend this edition of International Kolkata Book Fair which witness participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh, and Guatemala.