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Oxford bookstore opens shop

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With a slew of events



ENGAGING PERFORMANCE: Theatre artists present a dramatised reading of `Marine Life' by Aysha Rau at the launch in Chennai on Saturday. - PHOTO: R. Shivaji Rao

CHENNAI: Oxford Bookstore, a chain of bookshops, was launched in the city on Saturday with a slew of events.

Theatre artists presented a dramatised reading of extracts from `Marine Life', authored by Aysha Rau, on Saturday evening. A group of children cut the cake to formally launch the bookstore.

On Monday, there will be a reading of M.J. Akbar's `Blood Brothers' and a discussion on `Art, Media and Literature in Troubled Times' with the author and eminent people from the city.

The bookstore has a special focus on children, with a corner with a special display of the Puffin and Ladybird series of Penguin books.

The first Oxford Bookstore was opened in Kolkata in 1920 and has since been taken over by the Apeejay-Surrendra Group. Priti Paul, director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, attributed the success of the bookstore to its blend of tradition and state-of-the-art technology.

Leading publishers like Penguin India, Oxford University Press and HarperCollins besides smaller and specialised houses like Kali for Women, Tara, Katha and Zubaan are represented on the shelves of Oxford Bookstore.

It has recently launched an interactive SMS service to update customers with new titles available. The bookstore also features the `Cha Bar', a café with a wide variety of tea. The Oxford Bookstore is at Apeejay House, 39/12, Haddows Road, and can be contacted at 2822 7711.

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