The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has kicked off a year-long series of activities to celebrate the city's status as World Book Capital 2013.
Bangkok will take over from Yerevan in Armenia as the new World Book Capital tomorrow, which is World Book and Copyright Day.
Yesterday saw the curtain rise on a three-day exhibition over 7,000 square metres at Siam Paragon.
Over at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, an exhibition on the 35th Anniversary of the SEA Write Award opened yesterday and will run till May 19.
CentralWorld is the venue for fun-filled activities encouraging children to develop a reading habit.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra presided over the World Book Capital international conference and panel discussion at Centara Grand at CentralWorld.
Representatives from the International Publishers Association, International Booksellers Federation and International Federation of Library Associations joined the session along with writers and organisations from several countries.
A seminar on “The Future of Reading, Reading for the Future” was moderated by Suthichai Yoon, chairman of Nation Multimedia Group. Among the speakers were Prof Muhummed Haji Salleh and Vallop Suwandee, chief adviser to Sukhumbhand.
Sukhumbhand said city hall was preparing an ambitious slate of events to seriously promote reading until April 22 of next year.
“We hope Bangkok residents will read about 15 books a year by then,” he said.