42nd International Kolkata Book Fair

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair

Books are probably the best friend even in the saddest time of our life. This resembles a famous quote, which came to our mind is — 42nd International Kolkata Book Fair

You’re never alone when you’re reading a book.”
Susan Wiggs

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair
The Picture Book

Today we are heading towards another biggest fair of Kolkata i.e. 42nd International Kolkata Book Fair.

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair
4th Gate of Book Fair

Brief History of Book Fair:

It first started in the year of 1974 by holding the hands of some young publishers. One day they made some discussions at the College Street Coffee House on how to enhance the influence of book reading within the common people. Alongside, how to boost the trade of publishers. They finally decided to organize a book fair.

In 1975, they formed a body and named The Publishers & Booksellers Guild. The president was Sushil Mukherjea and Jayant Manaktala became its first General Secretary.

In 1976, the first Book Fair was organized with 56 stalls and 34 publishers at the opposite ground of Fine Arts, just beside Victoria Memorial.

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair
Book Stall

So from here the journey of Book Fair began in the “City of Joy” and today it is recognized as one of the world’s biggest International Book Fair.

So coming back to 2018, it is held in the Central Park Mela Ground, SaltLake, Kolkata from January 31st, 2018 – February 11th, 2018.

The fair,was inaugurated by our Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.

Like every year, the theme of this year is based on the country “France – The center of culture of Europe”. This is the 3rd Year of the appearance as Focal Theme in the International Kolkata Book Fair.

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair
Bonjour India Stall – Special stall of France

Furthermore, the celebration of the 70th year of Indo-France Diplomatic Relationship is held throughout different cities of India as Bonjour India Festival. It is organized by the cultural wing of the French Embassy. Bonjour India Festival, started its journey from Jaipur and ended in International Kolkata Book Fair.

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair
Busy visitors in a Book Stall

Besides Bonjour India, there are all total 362 participants from India and 14 participants throughout the world.


Whereas Japan, Bangladesh, Latin America, Nepal, USA, Russia, Vietnam holds a great legacy of Book Fair.

Our experience of roaming in and out of Book Fair was awesome. Apart from different book stalls with a huge collection, the paintings and artistic works also took our attention. All the paintings were outstanding and we loved to see the paintings.

42nd International Kolkata Book Fair
Artists along with his paintings

Wandering fair on an empty stomach is a kind of pain. So without wasting any more time we headed towards the food stall and had some snacks.

Finally, we ended our exploration and returned back to home after so much fun.

If you are in Kolkata or will be in Kolkata within 11th February, don’t miss this fair. You can find out the rarest books in this fair.


Central Park Mela Ground, Salt Lake, Kolkata

In 2018 the fair will continue until February 11th, 2018.


12 PM – 8 PM.

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