The 8th Ho Chi Minh city Book Fair took place from March 24 to 30 at Le Van Tam park in District 1. The theme of this year’s fair is “ Books – Culture and Development”. There are many book fairs that occur throughout the year, but they are very small in comparison to Ho Chi Minh city Book Fair.
In this biennial event, hundreds of publishers gathered in the park to introduce new books, organize presentations as well as Q&A section between authors and readers. Therefore, every time I went to this biannual book fair, I felt as if I had lost in the book maze. They also sold a variety of books with different themes. Of course, there was special discount from 10% to 20% during the event and rising to 50% on the last three days.
The welcome gate was so amazing and outstanding with the red color. The welcome path was also impressive with the giant books illustrating Vietnam map and beautiful Vietnamese sceneries. The designers also hung a lot of white Vietnamese traditional hats called “Non La” above the welcome path.
In spite of holding a map of book stalls, I still let myself wander from this book stall to another. I felt like getting lost in the maze and sometimes caught sight of the same book stalls many times. Any way, I enjoyed this challenge and continued wandering to enjoy the beautiful design of the book stalls while searching for books and novels. This book stall made a strong impression on me because of the feminine design. I love the yellow glass windows and the roof which looked like a castle. The pots of red flowers in bloom together with the green plants were placed on the sunny yellow window sill, which created a peaceful scenery. I also fell in love with the photo frames put nicely on the window sill In front of the windows was a beautiful white chair and a table with blue striped cloth.
Another interesting thing is the movable purple bookshelf. You can see on this link to see how funny the bookshelf moves along with the music. That is such a creative idea for designing bookshelf. This bookshelf is an interesting decoration, but it will use a lot of electricity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y_k8aII4cU&feature=youtu.be In this book fair, there was a machine selling books automatically. This machine functions like the automatic drink machine. You insert your card into the machine and choose the book you like. Then that book will automatically come out of the machine. It is such a cool and modern technology. I hope there will be more book automatic machine like this.
In Nha Nam bookstore, there is a stall called “Blind date with books”. As you know, blind date is a kind of date with the person you haven’t met before. Likewise, the program “Blind date with books” provides a lot of books hidden in beautiful wrappers. You don’t know what is inside the wrappers; however, there are a few words about the books on the wrappers. You can base on those words to choose the books you like. Then, after paying for the book, you can unwrap and see the book inside. This program makes people feel so curious and excited.
Another special design I like is the book stall that uses colorful strings to hang a lot of books in an artistic way. I love seeing these book strings waving in the wind.
In this book fair, I had to hold my breath when seeing many beautiful miniatures of famous architectures made from books. The designers are so skillful and artistic to arrange hundreds of books to create the miniatures. The beauty of these miniatures cannot be expressed by words. Let’s enjoy some photos of them.