Local author proposes a book street in downtown HCMC

A local Vietnamese author has urged the Vietnam Association of Publishers to appeal to the local People’s Committee to establish a book street downtown, suggesting it be included within the Nguyen Hue Boulevard after its construction is completed.

Author and former TuoiTre journalist Le Van Nghia, 61, beiieves HCMC should have a street equivalent to Hanoi’s Dinh Le Street, a 200-metre street lined in more than 20 book stalls and stores where bookworms can hunt for old, rare or new books. He recalls when Saigon used to have similar streets with book shops, but they were eventually replaced as the city modernised. Nghia also argues that occasional book festivals and events in the city attract many people, proving an interest and demand for books.TuoiTre reports that one book event in 2013 drew in 850,000 people, according to its organisers.

Currently, there are only a few streets downtown, such as Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Le Loi, Nguyen Hue, where old and new books can be found.