Exhibitions, book auctions and book exchanges to be organized regularly on the street. Photo for illustration: tuyengiao.vn

The 220-metre venue will be set up with 20 stalls managed by the country’s leading publishers, distributors and organizations, such as the Ho Chi Minh City General Publishing House, Tre Publishing House, Nha Nam, First News, and the Ho Chi Minh City General Science Library.

The stalls will introduce books and magazines from domestic and foreign publishers, along with audio and visual products.

There will be a mobile library to provide readers and children a place to relax and enjoy their favorite books, and coffee shops as well.

A stage will be built to serve for talk shows, book introductions and art performances.

Exhibitions, book auctions and book exchanges will be organized regularly on the street.

Bui Thi Ngoc Hieu, Vice Chairwoman of the district 7 People’s Committee, said the authorities hope to turn the new book street in district 7 into a new attraction for local people and foreigners.

It is the second pedestrian book street in Ho Chi Minh City together with Nguyen Van Binh street in district 1.

Opening in January in 2016, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street has hosted numerous events to promote reading by the city’s residents, such as Vietnamese Book Day, European Literature Day, a children’s festival, and photo and book exhibitions on Ho Chi Minh City and its people.

In the first six months of this year, the venue welcomed over 1.2 million local and foreign visitors. Nearly 300,000 books were sold, earning 19.7 billion VND (840,000 USD), an increase of 27 percent compared to the same period of last year.

Source: VNA