From 12th - 14th August, the “Latvian Literature” platform will be holding the 13th visit of foreign publishers and media representatives to Latvia. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the team has decided to limit the invitations to industry professionals from the Baltic states.
During the visit, the guests will be learning about the “Latvian Literature” platform’s operations (“Latvian Literature” representative Juta Pīrāga), contemporary prose and children’s (literary critic Anda Baklāne), Latvian book industry (chair of the Latvian Publishers' Association Renāte Punka), publicity campaign #iamintrovert (creative director Una Rozenbauma) and Latvian history and culture (deputy director at the Latvian Institute Šarlote Līduma). The publishers and journalists will also meet Latvian writers, visit the Jelgavas tipogrāfija printing house, tour Old Riga and The Rainis and Aspazija House, as well as have meetings with Latvian publishers.
“We are trying to effectively use the resources we have received while still observing all the state-required precautions to contain the spread of the pandemic. Therefore, we decided that it was the perfect time to organize a literature and culture exchange visit for our neighbors from the Baltic states. Although it is, of course, great to have our books published in big languages like English, Spanish or German, we should not forget about our neighboring countries. We have wonderful literature to offer them! Nora Ikstena’s novel “Soviet Milk”, for instance, is now a best selling book in Lithuania and has been published in several print-runs,” “Latvian Literature” representative Juta Pīrāga explains.
Latvia will be welcoming representatives from “Hea Lugu”, “Odilė”, “Rahva Raamat” and “Drakon & Kuu” publishing houses, as well as the Lithuanian literary agent Benas Berantas, and journalists from the Estonian culture magazine “SIRP” and the Lithuanian publication “15min”.