(CNN)Kolkata, India, is known for its love for all things literary.
Roadside tea shack owners will talk at length on important writers of the day and rickshaw pullers adorn the backs of their vehicles with the names of writers.
Literary fever peaks here with the arrival of the year's most awaited event -- the Boi Mela (Kolkata Book Fair). It's the world's largest non-trade book fair (for the general public instead of wholesalers) with approximately 1.5 million in attendance.
This year's Boi Mela runs from January 28-February 8 -- writers and bibilophiles from all corners of the country and the world have already begun descending on the city.
In addition to the book fair, Kolkata has countless havens for book lovers -- some shops are part of big chains, some are tiny independent operations hidden in alleys, some fall somewhere between big and tiny.
Here's a short list of the city's best book shops and venues for visitors: