Dr Pe Myint, Union Minister for Information, U Tin Hlaing (also known by his pen name Ledwinthar Saw Chit) and Dr Tha Tun Oo, chairman of Myanmar Publishers & Distributors Association, took part in the opening ceremony for the Paper Reading on contemporary historical literature and the winter season book fair festival held in front of the central publishing house on Theinbyu Street, Yangon yesterday morning.
Afterward, the Union Minister posed for photos and toured book stalls at the book festival.
Dr Pe Myint stressed the need for providing an environment in which literary skills can be honed.
“With the paper reading ceremony, the winter season book fair festival is being held. Last July, a similar ceremony was held in Yangon, with the children’s literature festival held in Nay Pyi Taw and the Nobel Myanmar Literary Festival held in Yangon. An abundance of literary festivals depicts the interest in literature among Myanmar people. With the increasing number of new books, an interest in literature and books will develop. Similarly, arrangements are being made to observe similar paper readings and book festivals as it can result in many benefits”, Dr Pe Myint said.
The Union Minister said the objective of holding the ceremony is to encourage the development of Myanmar literature.
“Co-observing such ceremonies is meant for development of literature and the country”, he said.
The paper reading ceremony was co-chaired by U Tin Hlaing, U Aung Shin( Monywa Aung Shin) and U Kyaw Naing (Htet Myet). The papers were read by U Khin Maung Htay, U Kyaw Naing and U Tin Win.
The 2nd Day Paper Reading Session will be held today, with readings by U Aye Cho (M.A) & U Ngwe Toe, it is learnt.
Yi Yi Myint/ Ohnmar Than