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Latvia Joins the Leipzig Book Fair with its Exhibition and Events Programme

2024, March 21

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From 21st to 24th March, Germany is hosting the international Leipzig Book Fair (Leipziger Buchmesse), where Latvia will participate with its national exhibition stand and a special events programme.

Latvia will be represented at the Leipzig Book Fair by the "Latvian Literature" platform and the printing company "Jelgavas tipogrāfija". The events programme will feature Latvian authors Anete Melece, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Laura Vinogradova, Toms Treibergs, Ligija Purinaša, Māris Salējs and Inga Pizāne. This year, for the first time, the Latvian stand at the Leipzig fair has been designed around the Latvian literature promotional campaign #iamintrovert, illustrated by artist Reinis Pētersons and designed by Jānis Mercs.

“The main goal we've set for our participation in this book fair is to introduce the more recent works of Latvian literature published in Germany to the German-speaking readership, and, of course, to attract new publishers,” explained Rita Dementjeva, the representative of the “Latvian Literature” platform.

Similar to last year, numerous events celebrating Latvian literature will be held in both the book fair venue and elsewhere in the city of Leipzig. On 21st March, four events are scheduled at the fair, three of which will include appearances by Latvian children's book authors Anete Melece and Lote Vilma Vītiņa, while one event will feature Laura Vinogradova. Lote Vilma Vītiņa's book “Dzejnieks un smarža” (translated into German as “Der kleine Dichter und der Duft” or “The Little Poet and Smells”) was published last year by “Mirabilis Verlag”, Anete Melece's book “Pazudušais miedziņš” (“Der stibitzte Schlaf” or “The Missing Sleep”) – by “Antje Kunstmann”, and Laura Vinogradova's long story “Upe” (with the German title “Wie ich lernte, den Fluss zu lieben” or “How I Learned to Love the River”) – by the “Paperento Verlag” publishing house. On the evening of 21st March, the cultural venue "die naTo" in Leipzig will host a meet-and-greet with Laura Vinogradova. 

On 22nd March, the writer Laura Vinogradova will have another appearance at the book fair, and will also speak at an event organized by German publishers highlighting Latvian literature and its success stories in Germany.

In the evening, an event titled "Late Night Show with Latvian Poets" will be put on at the cultural venue "die naTo." in which poets Inga Pizāne, Ligija Purinaša, Māris Salējs, and Toms Treibergs will be participating. The works of these poets are included in the recently published anthology "Mir war, als ob es klopfte" (“It Was as if Someone Was Knocking”) by the German publishing house "Parasitenpresse.

Around 2500 participants are taking part in this year's Leipzig Book Fair, with more than 2400 events scheduled. Latvia's participation in the fair is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

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