Publishers' associations have proposed the Bangla Academy to kick off the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2021 on 18 February.
Monirul Haque, executive director of Bangladesh Gyan and Srijanshil Prokashok Samity, confirmed the matter while speaking to The Business Standard, adding that the publishers have proposed to hold the book fair from 18 February to 17 March next year.
The proposal came on Tuesday from organisations such as the Bangladesh Pustak Prokashok O Bikreta Samity and Bangladesh Gyan and Srijanshil Prokashok Samity.
The Bangla Academy on Sunday backed off from its previous decision to hold the Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2021 virtually and agreed to organise it like previous years in the face of a strong protest by publishers.
The same day, it also told publishers to submit a written application proposing a date for starting the fair.