week brings literature to youth
HCM CITY — A special
book show at the HCM City’s Exhibition House, which includes more than 500,000
titles, has attracted many parents and their children.
The 2008 Summer Book Week
show is organised by Tre (Youth) and Kim Dong, the country’s two leading
State-owned publishers for children.
The Tre Publishing House
is introducing books for teenagers written by young Vietnamese authors, such as Mua
La Do (Fall Season) by Tran Huyen Trang, Nhung Ke Lang Man (Romantic
Men) by La Thi Anh Huong, and Hoa Bat Tu O Houston (Immortal Flower in
Houston) by Phuong Trinh.
These books portray urban
youth, particularly girls who brave challenges in life and in their studies.
The Kim Dong collections
of books on different themes of popular science, natural geography and history,
attracts children aged under 15. These books feature colourful pictures that
help readers learn more about the world.
Its handbooks on sex
education are useful for both teenagers and their parents. Most books are on
sale at a discount of 70 per cent.
"We want to bring
books at low prices to our customers," said Quach Thu Nguyet, director of
the Tre Publishing House, who hopes the event will encourage reading this
During the event’s
opening ceremony on Sunday, writer Nguyen Nhat Anh shared his passion and
experience with fans.
One of the city’s few
authors involved in writing for children, Anh’s books such as Kinh Van Hoa
(Kaleidoscope) and Thang Quy Nho (The Ugly Boy) have attracted several
thousand children and teenagers.
Last year, Anh’s latest
book, Cho Xin Mot Ve Di Ve Tuoi Tho (Give Me a Ticket Back to Childhood)
sold a record (for children’s books) 20,000 copies in the first week of
The event also offers
local and foreign books published by private publishers like First News and
The show is at 92 Le Thanh
Ton Street, District 1. It is open every day from 8am to 9pm until Sunday. —