A large number of bookworms rushed to the Weekend Yangon Book Street on Theinbyu Road in front of the Old Secretariat of the commercial city yesterday, where they joined the literary talks and bought books at the many stalls.
“We have about 70 bookshops here this year. Like in the previous year, the sales are normal. But the volume of sales varies between shops and between weekends as visitors come here with different ideas and for different choices.”
“For example, if the number of visitors who are interested in science is large, the sale of books on this category is high. So, it’s hard to tell which category of books will be in brisk sales this weekend,” said U Nay Myo Nyunt, the chair of the Book Street supervisory committee.
“Normally, a writer holds a literary talk every weekend. We also hold poem reciting contests, apart from the “answer my question program” in which participates who can give a correct reply get a book. Some literary houses sell books at discount prices and the fair presents a book to every visitor free of charge,” he added.
This weekend, Saya Nyein Min gave a literary talk under the theme “Be the master of literary, and not its slave”, Pan Thawda, a model and movie actress, took part in the “answer my question program”, and organizers held the 1000-book free distribution program.
The book stalls also displayed various categories of books, including new and old editions of books on general knowledge, artistic pleasure, religion, social affairs, education, health, culture, medicine, astrology and religious teaching for children and novels, short story compilations, English-Myanmar dictionaries and story books.
The Ministry of Information, with the assistance of Yangon Region government and Yangon City Development Committee, has been organizing the Weekend Yangon Book Street on every Saturdays and Sundays since the end of monsoons in 2017.
—Min Thit (MNA)
(Translated by TMT)