Book World Prague 2012 is slowly drawing to a close. The four-day book festival, which ends on Sunday, is the biggest event of its kind in the Czech Republic, presenting a wide variety of literary genres: fiction, non-fiction, scientific journals, children’s books and rare prints from both and home and abroad. It traditionally attracts book lovers, publishers and suppliers from around the world. This year the special theme was Arab World Literature.
Last month Prague hosted Bookworld, one of Europe’s major international book fairs. Writers from around the world, whose work covers a Babel of different languages, converged on the Czech capital. As part of the event, six of the writers got together to talk about how literature can play a role in helping to build understanding between cultures. A lively discussion emerged, chaired by Radio Prague’s David Vaughan.
If you are a writer from one of the smaller countries of Europe, writing in a language spoken by a few million or perhaps just a few hundred thousand people, your chances of finding an international readership are almost non-existent. The organization Literature Across Frontiers has been working to redress the balance, helping to draw attention to writers from all corners of the continent, and above all struggling to get their work published and translated internationally. At the recent Bookworld book fair in Prague, the driving force behind the
The annual Bookworld Prague trade fair has got underway at the city’s Výstaviště centre. The theme of the 15th Bookworld is European literature, with writers from all 27 EU member states expected to appear between Thursday and the event’s close on Sunday. In 2008, 35,000 people attended the trade fair.
Less than six months ago, a disastrous fire reduced an entire wing of Prague’s historic Industrial Exhibition Hall to a pile of twisted metal and masonry, but the building has made a remarkable recovery. In a few days’ time it will be housing the Czech Republic’s biggest annual book fair, Svět knihy or Bookworld, which will be taking place for the fifteenth year running, and seems remarkably unscathed either by the fire or the rages of the world economic crisis. To find out more, I managed to steal a few minutes with the busy and energetic Bookworld