Popular with the city's evergrowing population of bibliophiles, Kolkata's annual book fair has been running in one form or another since 1976, and is now Asia’s biggest literary gathering. It's currently hosted in WBTO's Milan Mela exposition grounds (near the Science City and the ITC Sonar Hotel) out on the EM Bypass, and hosts scores of Indian publishers.
Several international publishing houses also set up their stalls and pavilions at the fair. Countless debates, discussions and symposiums featuring prominent authors, artists, thinkers and public figures are organised throughout the two-week affair. In between buying bestsellers at discounted prices in the bigger pavilions, look out for the many indie-style publishers who often set themselves up in little kiosks to sell niche and collectible titles.