In 2018, as the Baltic states will be celebrating their centenaries, Lithuania and Estonia will be joining Latvia at the London Book Fair as Market Focus countries, therefore particular focus will be drawn to the Baltic authors and their works.
The event is bound to open up new publicity, translation and publishing opportunities for Latvian literature in the English speaking world.
The central 600 sq.m. exhibition stand space in the London Book Fair hall will be designated for presentations and readings of translated works, achievements in printing and book design. Various cultural events, exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances will take place in London and elsewhere in the UK as part of the Baltic programme.
Latvian writer Nora Ikstena will be among Baltic Authors of the Day. She is one of Latvia's most bright and prominent prose writers, known for her special writing style and detailed attention to language as an art form. Her literary works often reflect upon grand subjects – life, love, death and faith. Nora Ikstena is the author of more that 30 books, the latest of which, “Mother's Milk” (“Mātes piens”) is soon to be published by the British “Peirene Press”.
Last year, to celebrate this event, Latvian Literature team launched the #iamintrovert promotional campaign, presenting Latvia as a nation of introverts. Latvian exhibition stand at the London Book Fair 2017 featured an introverted writers' coat rack with quotes from Latvian authors; a special series of video interviews were conducted with Latvian writers and poets; and artist Reinis Pētersons introduced a comic strip about the daily adventures of the introverted writer I. You're welcome to follow campaign activities on the Latvian Literature's Facebook page.
Read more: www.latvianliterature.lv
Created and done by: Ministry of Culture of Republic of Latvia / British Council London and Latvia