Ghana‘s second lady, Ms. Matilda Amissah-Arthur will open this year’s Ghana International Book Fair at the National Theatre in Accra today. The four-day event will see the exhibition of thousands of books from exhibitors from Turkey, USA, Nigeria, Ghana among others.

This year’s fair will be held under the theme, “Growing the Knowledge-based Economy through Reading” and will be graced by the Minister of Education Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang as a special guest of honour.

The annual event which has hosted thousands of books publishers, editors, illustrators, authors and printers in the past is under auspices of the Ghana Book Development Council has as key partners the Publishing Study Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as well as the Ghana Library Association.

Among other things, the fair seeks to expose readers especially in Ghana to relevant knowledge captured in books from across the world as well as encourage the habit of reading particularly among young people. It also seeks to create a networking opportunity for both local and international players of the industry as well as enable publishers interact closely with their consumers to get direct feedback from them.

The first day of the fair will be dedicated to industry players, who will be taken through a number of workshops. The fair will then be open to the public from Friday, August 19.

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A mobile library is expected to be mounted on site to encourage reading. A tent for nationally acclaimed illustrator El Carna will also be on site for school children who will be at the fair.

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