Literary and cultural personalities at a function here have called upon the citizens for building book reading habit to enhance their knowledge.
The call came at the concluding ceremony of the 15-day Rangpur Book Fair- 2018 organised by Rangpur Sammilito Lekhok Samaj (SLS) on the Public Library ground in the city on Saturday night.
A total of 35 stalls were set up on the fair premises by 26 publication houses including 23 from the capital city and three local literary organisations, said member-secretary of the fair organising committee Rezaul Karim Jiban.
“The visitors purchased books worth Taka 30-lakh including novels, story books, dramas, poem collections, books on the War of Liberation and history, books for children, other popular books displayed in the Ekushey Book Fair- 2018 in the capital city,” he said.
Seven literary personalities were honoured in the concluding function for their laudable contribution to the field of literature.
They are: freedom fighter Akbar Hossain, Rezaul Karim Jiban, Advocate MA Basher Tipu, Professor Md Shah Alam, Anwarul Islam Raju, Mahbubul Islam and Rakibul Hasan Bubul (posthumously).
Besides, Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed was awarded with a special citation for patronising and extending assistance to arranging the fair.
Noted literary personality and former head of the department of Bengali of Carmichael College Professor Muhammad Alim Uddin attended the concluding function as the chief guest with convener of fair organising committee Sayeed Sahedul Islam in the chair.
Noted cultural personality Dr Mofizul Islam Mantu, adviser of the fair organising committee Poet AKM Shahidur Rahman Bishu, freedom fighters Mozaffar Hossain Chand and Akbar Hossain and writer Aftab Hossain addressed as the guests of honour.
The speakers suggested arranging similar book fairs frequently to create interests among the people, especially young generations, in building book reading habit to enrich their knowledge on literature, culture and heritage.
The chief guest laid emphasis on increasing the habit of reading books by all people and encouraging others to acquire more knowledge in building an enlightened society and further enriching our cultural and literary heritages.