On October 18 the Latvian Publishers Association in cooperation with international partners from the project “ALDUS – the way to European network of book fairs”, co-funded by EU program “Creative Europe” organize the international conference ‘How the book meets its reader’.

The conference will address many topics and will give a chance to meet publishers and organizers of literary events from Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, who will share the experience as well as provide some insight into development trends in book publishing and promotion.

The event will feature:
– insight into the book fairs of Antwerp, Lisbon and Vilnius;
– know-how of literary festivals of Estonia and Lithuania;
– lessons learned by Latvian literature promoters and authors visiting various literary festivals in Great Britain whithin framework of Market Focus Baltic Countries program of London International Book Fair;
– views on the 10 years of European Union Prize for Literature;
– experience of reading promotion for teenagers in the Netherlands and various age groups of Latvian Children’s Jury.

International conference HOW THE BOOK MEETS ITS READER programme

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30 Introduction to the conference

9:40 Welcome speech by Rudi Vanschoonbeek, president of FEP

9:55-10:30 Biggest open air book fair in Europe – Lisbon, Portugal
Bruno Pires Pacheco, Secretary General, APEL

10:30-11:00 Book fair in old merchant town – Antwerp, Belgium
Rudi Vanschooenbeek, Flemish publisher, president of FEP

11:00-11:20 The second Christmas season: what makes it tick – Vilnius, Lithuania

11:20-11:40 Coffee break

11:40-12:10 European Union Prize for Literature – 10
Anne Bergman-Tahon, managing director of FEP

12:10-12:30 Nordic Council Literature Prize
Ieva Hermansone, counsellor, Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

12:30-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-13:00 Meeting literary celebrities – HeadRead, Tallinn
Krista Kaer, editor-in-chief, publishing house Varrak, program director of the festival HeadRead

13:30-14:00 Literary Festivals in Lithuania
Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė, executive director, LLA,
organizer of International Contemporary Literature forum Nordic Summer and Druskininki Poetry Fall

14:00-14:20 Participants’ experiences: Latvian authors as guests in literary festivals of Great Britain in 2017 and 2018
Juta Pīrāga, project manager, platform Latvian Literature
Q&A for festival organizers

14:30-14:50 Coffee break

14:50-15:30 Reading promotion projects in the Netherlands
Peter van Duijvenboden, coordinator and project manager at the Dutch Reading Foundation Lezen

15:30:15:50“ “Childrens’ Jury” – success stories and challenges
Silvija Tretjakova, Head of Childrens’ Literature Centre, Latvian National Library

16:00-16:30 Summary