MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest Floating Book Exhibition is now docked at the Galle Harbour.
The exhibition which opened today will continue until the 17th of this month. It offers a large selection of books at affordable prices. Sales include science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, medicine, dictionaries, languages, philosophy and various other sections. Operated by the German Charitable Organization GBA, the ship is twice as big as any previous vessel operated by the organization. It can hold up to 800 visitors at any time with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge. This publicly accessible deck offers visitors and introduction to the vessel and the organization, the book fair, a visual presentation called the Journey of Life and the International Café.
The exhibition is open to the public from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. The national identity card is mandatory to consolidate the identity. The volunteer crew and staff, consisting of people from over 50 nationalities generally join the organization to live on board for two years. The ship continuously sails from port to port year around. Southern Governor Kumari Balasuriya and Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva were among those present at the opening of the Book Exhibition.