Today, the Estonian Minister of Culture Indrek Saar opens the London Book Fair 2018, together with Dace Melbārde, the Latvian Minister of Culture, and Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, the Lithuanian Minister of Culture. This year’s Market Focus countries are the Baltic States with a joint exhibition.
The joint presence of the three Baltic countries at the second largest book fair in Europe is related to the celebration of the centenaries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Estonian literature is being represented at the fair by authors Rein Raud, Maarja Kangro, Andrei Ivanov and Mihkel Mutt, who is also one of the featured Authors of the Day at the fair.
“During Estonia’s centenary year, I am delighted that our literature is having greater success than ever on the world stage, and that Estonian authors are being appreciated at home and abroad alike,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar. “I am all the more gratified that for the first time, Estonian literature is represented at such high level and in such volume at London Book Fair. The celebration of the centenaries of the three Baltic countries in London with such an impressive joint exhibition is undoubtedly a significant achievement for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the global arena, which will help our literature to become known more widely in the world,” said Estonian Minister of Culture. The ministers open the fair at 14:30 London time.
At 18.00, the Estonian Minister of Culture will participate in the joint ceremony for the International Excellence Awards. During the ceremony traditionally held during the London Book Fair, outstanding contributions made to the promotion of literature are recognised. The nominees for the literature award include three nominations from Estonia. All the categories and nominees can be viewed here.
The London Book Fair takes place from 10 to 12 April at the Kensington Olympia conference centre. Estonia’s exposition includes almost 300 books, including translations of Estonian literature into English and other languages, Estonian-language fiction, as well as historical writing, science fiction and a selection of children’s books. The Baltic Market Focus programme is being curated by the British Council in cooperation with the Estonian Publishers’ Association and Estonian Literature Centre.
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