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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Over 100,000 books on sale at book festival


The Georgetown Reading and Research Centre currently has on display and for sale over some 100,000 books at its first ever Guyana Book Festival.

The event which is being held in collaboration with the National Sports Commission has been going on at the National Gymnasium since January 14 and will conclude on February 11.

Being the first of its kind, the book festival, which caters for a wide cross section of persons, has reportedly been attracting many Guyanese.

On display are story books; cook books; novels; books on pregnancy and marriage; romance stories; diet and exercise literature; books that offer inspiration; self help guides and religious books.

Books are also available by authors such as Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Robert Ludlum, and Sandra Brown among others.

The Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley, RL Stine, Goosebumps, Animorphs and Babysitters series can be found in abundance and are reportedly going like hot cakes.

Also on sale are books based on some of the most popular TV series and sitcoms.

Parents can also find books for their toddlers.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias are also in abundance.

Meanwhile yesterday, Kaieteur News caught up with Director of The Georgetown Reading and Research Centre Rupert Hopkinson, who noted that the main objectives for the event are to improve literacy in Guyana and to make available as much reading materials as possible to the public.

Hopkinson said the Reading and Research Centre came up with the initiative after seeing the dire need for a literacy drive.

According to Hopkinson, the ultimate goal of the centre is to supply and inject about 600, 000 books into the communities by the year 2010, particularly for children and young adults.

It is hoped that at least 100,000 books will be in communities this year, to help literacy since the book festival will be held at least three times for this year. Kaieteur News also spoke with a few satisfied customers, who said they were pleased with the book festival since the books available are all affordable.

Many also agreed that more of such events are needed.

(Kaieteur News)


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