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Book festival opens at National Library

Hanoi, April 18 (VNA) – The 2015 Book Festival takes place at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi from April 18 to May 5 in response to Vietnam Book Day (April 21) and World Book and Copyright Day (April 23).

Held annually since 2006, the festival aims to honour authors and their work, encourage reading in the community, and increase public awareness of reading culture, author rights and the role of libraries.

Readers participating in the festival have a chance to meet and talk with authors and literary critics.

A book exhibition featuring the mixture of cultures will also be held to highlight the various cultures of ASEAN countries and others around the world.

Meanwhile, children can participate in a drawing contest or play games.

Within the framework of the festival, the National Library receives donated books to be distributed to libraries in-need across the country.

In response to Vietnam Book Day, book festivals were launched on April 18 in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang.

Also the same day, a ceremony was held in Hanoi to present the 2014 Vietnam Book prize.

The organising board presented 75 prizes among 479 entries from 44 publishing houses nationwide.

The event, the 10th of its kind, is among activities celebrating Vietnam Book Day (April 21).
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