Indian Printer & Publisher reported on 18 January 2022 that the Pune Book Fair, which
was lined up from 20 – 23 January 2022 at Creaticity, Yerawada, had been postponed due
to the recent escalation in Covid-19 infections in the city.
According to recent news reports, the Covid-19 pandemic situation is expected to subside
in the next few weeks. Keeping this in mind, the organizing committee has announced on
24 January that the book exhibition will now be held at the same venue from 20 – 23 April
2022. All pandemic precautions, safety measures, and Covid-19 norms set by the
Government of Maharashtra, as well as the Central Government, will be followed at the 19th edition of the Pune Book Fair.
Pune is largely considered the cultural capital of Maharashtra with its slew of educational
centers and industrial units. The Pune Book Fair has garnered interest from the publishing
industry in recent years and is now considered a prime literary interaction platform in
Maharashtra and surrounding states.
The Pune Book Fair, supported by Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, features a number of
publishers from Maharashtra as well as other states. The book show is attended by library
managers, book enthusiasts, editors, booksellers, institutional representatives, students,
academicians, and government officials, apart from major book publishers.
The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the postponement of major book fairs,
literary festivals, conferences, seminars, and trade exhibitions in the past fortnight. The
Chennai Book Fair was the first to be postponed, followed by the 50th edition of the New
Delhi World Book Fair. Jaipur and Kerala Literature Festivals were not far behind.
The Asom Granthamela however did take place with good attendance over the 12 days
from 29 December 2021 to 9 January 2022. However, the Kolkata Book Fair, which was
scheduled to begin on 31 January has now been postponed to take place from 28 February