The 'Nobel-Myanmar Literary Festival' is apparently underway, today through the 24th; there is an official "Facebook' page, but that appears to be about it (and, no, I won't link to that -- Facebook ? seriously ?).
In the Myanmar Times Nandar Aung previewed it, in Nobel Myanmar Literary Festival on the way -- noting that among the plans:
As part of the festival, organisers will collect the 100 most-read local books over the past 100 years and make a list for interested readers.Count me interested; I hope they make it widely available (i.e. not just on the 'Facebook')
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However, the big question is that why we can't sell these precious pieces of literature properly. [...] With the growing influence of Internet and trend of social media, the habit of book-reading is simply vanishing, and these books have found a permanent place on footpaths only...
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