It’s that time of the year, when I’m repent for not being present in Chennai. Chennai Book Fair 2006 is happening from 6th to 16th of Jan. This is the 2nd time in the last two decades when I got to miss the Chennai Book Fair. Ramblings apart, the last few years have witnessed a phenomenal increase in the sales of books in the Chennai Book Fair and I’m expecting that probably very soon, Chennai Book Fair would turn out to be the Khumb Mela of books in India. Ofcourse, the book fair certainly needs more english books to reach there.
Uyirmmai Publishers are staging two gala shows on account fo this book fair. 10 books of Sujatha are being released on Jan 6th at the Sound Indian Chamber of Commerce. This includes 6 new releases and 4 re-prints. Desikan has compiled these books and has more information on his blog. Few interesting ones are the compilation of Sujatha’s stageplays and Sujatha’s mystery stories. Also their second function to be held on Jan 7th has some very interesting book releases including S. Ramakrishnan’s Vizhithirupavanin Iravu and Jeyamohan’s Aazhnathiyai Thedi.
Badri Seshadri’s Kizhakku Pathipagam has a special blog for Chennai Book Fair 2006. Kizhakku Pathipagama is releasing Aathavan Sirukathaikal by Aathavan. This is one book that I’m personally looking forward. Being a huge fan of Aathavan and his amazing literary works, I’m expecting to get my hands on this book ASAP. I think this is probably the first compilation of Aathavan’s shortstories, ever.
If you are in and around Chennai, do drop in. For you may not get this oppurtunity ever. Dear friend, please get ready to recieve an email with some 30 odd book names that I want you to buy and send across.