HCMC Book Fair Earns $375,000 in First Three Days

Revenues at the fifth Ho Chi Minh City Book Fair that opened last Monday have topped VND6 billion (US$375,000) in the first three days, two and a half times the entire amount raised at last year’s fair, according to the organizers.

Visitors at the fifth HCMC Book Fair 2008

The Ho Chi Minh City Book Distribution Corporation (FAHASA) which runs the most number of stalls, led with an estimated VND2 billion.

Renowned author Nguyen Nhat Anh’s novel “Cho toi xin mot ve di tuoi tho” (Give me a ticket back to childhood) has been the top-selling Vietnamese title. His other work, “Kinh Van Hoa” (Kaleidoscope), has also been popular.

Many visitors have also showed great interest in foreign books. Famous Chinese author Mo Yan’s collection of six stories and miscellanea published by the Phuong Nam Culture Joint Stock Corporation has been the most in demand, with “Pendragon” and “Twilight” published by the Youth Publishing House following close behind.

Famous author and singer Vo Dinh Giang and singers Phan Hon Nhien and Ha Okio met with visitors at the fair yesterday.

In related news, a conference was held on the same day at the Fahasa bookstore in Le Loi Street by the Viet Nam Publishing Association and the Publishing Department to discuss an alliance among publishers.

They discussed the existing collaboration between publishing houses and their partners, and whether the logo of their partners should be placed on the front or back cover of books and the responsibility of the parties with regard to publishing activities. 

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By T. Y – Translated by Khanh Hong

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