Gangtok, 12 Dec:
Penguin India, the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent has announced that it is partnering with 30 spaces including community libraries, shelter homes, informal schools, independent bookshops and also prisons with The Penguin Readathon and Book Gifting Journey to encourage reading habits and storytelling to commemorate its 30 glorious years in India, a press release says.
In Gangtok, Penguin India is partnering with Rachna Books to host Shaguna Gahilote, a celebrated storyteller and co-author of 'Curious Tales from the Himalayas’ for the book launch and a story telling session.
By partnering with these spaces, the publishing house hopes to expand the reach of books and reading to diverse communities and audiences.
"As part of our belief in the power of reading, storytelling and in celebration of completing 30 years in India, we are embarking on a journey of reading sessions and library contributions to 30 spaces spanning the country," a statement issued by Penguin said.
The partners have been selected in acknowledgement of the role they have played, and continue to play, in facilitating new and ever-expanding paths of discovery in their communities. All partners are involved in non-profit initiatives with a well-established reputation in the places they work in.
Raman Shresta, proprietor of Rachna Books says, "In a time of such bonding between publishers and online retail portals, it is wonderful to witness Penguin India reach out to the old fashioned medium of booksellers, libraries, and spaces that are dedicated to bringing books and reading to the communities they belong to."