This year's World of Books fair will not focus on the literature of one country, as is customary

This year's World of Books fair will not focus on the literature of one country, as is customary

This summer, the World Book Fair will not focus on the literature of one country, as it was as usual

On September 23, 2021, the international book fair and literary festival Svět knihy Praha began in the Industrial Palace at the Exhibition Center in Holešovice.

Prague – This year's book fair will not focus on the literature of one country, as is the custom, but has the motto Authors without borders. In this way, the organizers react to the present time, in which, according to them, physical, cultural, social, sexual, genre or political boundaries are becoming less and less clear. Pavla Umlaufová informed ČTK about this on behalf of the organizer. The fair will take place from May 11 to 14 at the exhibition center in Prague's Holešovice.

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New to the 28th edition of the fair will be the Support Your Bookseller campaign, through which the organizers want to draw attention to the plight of independent booksellers. As part of the fair, the two-day Central and East European Book Market intended for the professional public will also take place for the first time.

Visitors to World Book Prague 2023 will find hundreds of exhibitors in all the newly reconstructed Křižík pavilions, the program part will take place in the exhibition grounds in tents. “Just like last year, we are also planning the sale of books in Ukrainian and an attractive Ukrainian program. It is important to us that our neighbors do not lose access to their language and culture,” said the director of the fair, Radovan Auer.

Public tribune to authors Svět knihy Praha repeatedly offers those fighting for freedom, especially in the Literature as a Voice of Freedom section. It supports political dissidents, unorthodox thinkers and fighters for gender equality.

Last year, a record 55,000 people visited the international book fair and literary festival Svět knihy Prague in four days. Italy was the honored guest of the festival. Last year, the organizers reserved a separate fair stand for Ukraine. The Ukrainian writers' expedition also won the Jiří Theiner Award. It was originally supposed to be taken over by the Belarusian writer and Nobel Prize laureate Svyatlana Alexijevičová. However, she excused herself from the festival due to health reasons and dedicated the award to personalities who are the voice of freedom against censorship and for democracy to a delegation of writers from Ukraine.