Riga Book Fair is one of the major events in Latvian book market. It is the annual event that runs simultaneously with the exhibition “School and Education” on the fairgrounds of Kīpsala Interna-tional Exhibition Centre in Rigain the end of February/beginning of March. It is open to the public for three days – from Friday to Sunday – and many presentations of new titles are specially scheduled for this event. Readers can browse through the books, talk to publishers and authors, get signed copies, participate to lotteries to win free copies of the books. The cultural programme of the book fair runs simultaneously on two stages – one targeted to adult readers and one to children and young adults. Events for book industry professionals, teachers and librarians are always part of the programme on Friday, while meetings with local and foreign authors and discussions on newest trends in lite-rature are usually gathering their audience during the weekend. Various acitivities around book printing, arts and crafts are also part of the programme. Readers can access also the book exchange booth run by Riga Central Library where many used books switch hands and find new readers during the three days of the fair. The cultural programme is widely discussed on several channels of Latvian Radio which has live broadcasts from the fairgrounds, some events of wide public appeal usually appear also on national television.
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