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Celebrating 50 years of NDWBF!

The 30th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), held for the past 49 years, is a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2022 is scheduled from 8 to 16 January 2022 at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Fair is organized by National Book Trust, India, an autonomous organization of the Government of India under the Ministry of Education. India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO). Today, Indian publishing stands poised at significant crossroads towards the path of growth. NDWBF offers the exhibitors a unique opportunity for business with this growing book industry. It is also an ideal venue for promoting titles, co-publication arrangements and trade. Besides the many literary and publishing conferences and programmes that are organized during the Fair, it also opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia. The Fair attracts participation from major publishing houses across the globe. In 2021, the Fair was organized virtually and the platform had more than 2.8 million hits, visitors from 70 countries across the world, 150 Indian Exhibitors and about 15 Foreign Exhibitors.

With India celebrating 75 years of Independence, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India and is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity. With various activities marking the Festival across the country, the NDWBF 2022 has chosen Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav as its theme, and there will be many literary and cultural activities around the theme during the fair days.

Children’s Pavilion

A number of activities promoting children’s literature and reading habit such as skits, dramas, street plays, musical presentations, storytelling sessions, workshops, panel discussions etc. are organized in a specially designed Children’s Pavilion. Conducted by renowned writers and illustrators as also professionals from education and publishing fields, these activities see huge participation by teachers and children from government and private schools/non-governmental organizations as well as those associated with the children’s literature or reading promotional activities.

YUVA Corner

To mark the celebrations of India@75 and pay tribute to heroes of India’s freedom struggle, the Ministry of Education (Government of India) launched a scheme called ‘YUVA-Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors' with the objective of training young and budding authors. The 75 young writers thus chosen through an All India Contest and mentored by established authors, will have their books ready for launch. These authors will interact with booklovers, visitors and other panelists in the specially-designed YUVA corner.

Child Authors’ Corner

One of the first of its kind, NBT will put up Corner for published Child Authors, who will discuss their books, their inspiration to write, their role model authors, etc.

International Events Corner

It is an engaging platform for sharing ideas and enhancing literary understanding. The foreign Exhibitors / Missions /Embassies/Cultural Centres/Book Promotion Agencies are encouraged to book slots at the Events Corner for organizing Book Launches, Panel Discussions, Literary Programmes and Workshops for children as well as adults.

CEOSpeak (a forum for publishing)

The CEOs and Senior Executives are welcome to participate in the B2B event CEOSpeak over Chairman’s Breakfast organized by National Book Trust, India, and FICCI, on the sidelines of the Fair to share and exchange ideas about Indian and International book trade.

Authors’ Corners

Aesthetically designed Authors’ Corners created in various halls of the Fair provide the right platform for dialogues, panel discussions, book launches for the domestic publishers, authors and book lovers. Aptly named Reflections & Conversations, Lekhak Manch and Sahitya Manch, these Corners have become synonymous with lively literary activities, and also serve as meeting place for the visitors.

New Delhi Rights Table

It is one of the exciting features of NDWBF which will take place on 10 and 11 January 2021. The New Delhi Rights Table offers B2B match making sessions among publishers in a refreshingly new business ambience. The unique format of this event enables exhibitors to book their own Rights Table, meet each other, present their products and ideas, and also finalize their interests and agreements for transfer of translation and other rights of books available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.

Cultural Programmes

To attract book lovers to the World Book Fair and add to the festivities, NBT also organizes cultural presentations by leading organizations in the field such as Song and Drama Division, Sahitya Kala Parishad, etc. at the Fair. Cultural programmes organized on the occasion have received wide appreciation from all quarters, particularly from foreign participants.

Please address all communication to:

National Book Trust, India
Ministry of Education, Government of India,
Nehru Bhawan, 5 Institutional Area, Phase-II,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070
Phone: 91-11-26707780/788
E-mail: nbtexhibition1@gmail.com, exhibition@nbtindia.gov.in

General Information

Organizer: National Book Trust, India
Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education, Government of India
Co-organizer: India Trade Promotion Organization, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India
Venue: Pragati Maidan, Mathura Road, New Delhi - 110001
Duration & Timings: 8 – 16 January 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.