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GUEST OF HONOR DAS BUCH will present German-language literature

The programme is prepared by the Goethe-Institut Czech Republic, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague and the Swiss Embassy in the Czech Republic. Das Buch presents contemporary literature from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in its entirety: from fiction and children's literature to philosophy, comics, slam poetry and zines. Their work, often in new Czech translations, will be presented by first-class authors, including the Austrian State Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature winner Michael Stavarič, the latest winner of the German Book Prize Tonio Schachinger, and one of the greatest Swiss writers Peter Stamm, who is returning to the Book World Prague. Bestselling author Judith Hermann will be coming from Germany, as well as Kafka's most important biographer Reiner Stach. Franz Kafka's legacy as a link between the German language and Prague also features strongly in the programme of the 29th edition, which falls in the year of the centenary of Kafka's death. In addition, the motto of Book World Prague is a Kafka quote: "A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us." Das Buch brings together themes related to philosophy, inclusion in its various forms and children's literature. A rich literary programme and book offer will attract literature lovers to the Prague Exhibition Grounds from 23 to 26 May.

 More information can be found in the attached press release. 





You are all invited to the International Book Fair and Literary Festiva Book World Prague which will be held from 23rd to 26th May at the Prague Exhibition Grounds. 

The programme of the 29th edition reflects the centenary of the death of Franz Kafka. Which is why this year’s guest of honour is the traditional festival project of Das Buch entitled for the 2024 edition as Das Buch – German-Language Literature.

It will present authors and speakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The programme commemorating Kafka’s anniversary will feature his work and the sources of inspiration it provided. The legacy of the Prague-based writer who wrote in German is also reflected in the visuals by the graphic studio of Pavel Fuksa, as well as in the motto of this year’s edition, which is Kafka’s quote: “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”.

The name of Franz Kafka, as well as the names of other important Czech writers such as Jaroslav Seifert and Karel Čapek, were also used to rename the festival halls. Apart from the literature of German-speaking countries, the festival will continue with its programme supporting young readers as well as the well-established section entitled Literature as the Voice of Freedom which provides space for those who cannot speak freely.

More information is available in the press release. 

For more information visit our press centre: https://bit.ly/presscentrumsvetknihy24

If you have any questions or would like to interview Director Radovan Auer or Dramaturg Guillaume Basset, please contact:

Pavla Umlaufová          

e: pavla.umlaufova@piaristi.cz

t: +420 723 901 326

What was the Book World Pilsen 2023

The response of both exhibitors, writers and guests to the fourth edition of the International Book Fair and Literary Festival Svět knihy Plzeň (Book World Pilsen) was generally positive, the attendance at the programmes was more than satisfactory, as were the sales of books by the exhibiting publishers.

The Great Auditorium, which dominated one of the trade fair halls, was filled with well-known names of the contemporary literary scene on Friday and Saturday. František Müller, a captain of the Pilsen Criminal Police, filled the auditorium to the last seat. Nina Špitálníková came to present her novel Severka. Jaroslav Rudiš, together with his Czech publisher Joachim Dvořák, brought to Pilsen his new book Návod k použití železnice [Instructions for the Use of the Railway]. The full auditorium also welcomed Kateřina Tučková in a debate about her novel Bílá voda. We talked with Tomas Kubíček, the director of the Moravian Library in Brno, about how the second part of Milan Kundera's library has reached the Czech Republic.

And much more was to be experienced and enjoyed from the world of literature at the DEPO2023 venue during September 22 - 23, 2023.

Book World Pilsen 2023 fills up the DEPO2015 spaces on September 22-23

Around five dozen exhibiting publishing houses will present their publishing activities from the first half of the year as well as their currently published titles. The programme of the festival is mixed in such a way as to interest both mainstream readers and the public or young readers coming with teachers or parents. This year's dramaturgy will focus, among other things, on the topic "Authors Without Borders", which are crossed physically and mentally. The premiere of the project Gallery of New Titles will provide visitors with a broader overview of book production for the autumn and Christmas market 2023. The DEPO2015 area will be open for the book fair and literary festival visitors from 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Details of the programme can be found in the attached PRESS RELEASE and on our websites.

You can download the PROGRAMME CATALOGUE, print-quality photos and graphics at the press center.

If you have any questions, please contact Jana Chalupová, jana.chalupova@svetknihy.cz, +420 603 439 943.


For lovers of literature, the Book World Pilsen returns in its original two-day format

The Book World team is currently preparing the 4th edition of the international book fair and literary festival - Book World Pilsen 2023. It will fill the DEPO2015 spaces on September 22 and 23. Around six dozen exhibiting publishing houses will present their publishing activities of the first half of the year as well as their recently published titles. The festival program is intended for both the lay or professional audience and young readers coming with their teachers or parents.

Renowned and young domestic authors will appear in the literary festival. This year's dramaturgy will focus, among other things, on the theme "Authors without borders", where borders are being overcrossed not only between countries, but also in the minds and work of authors and each of us. The premiere of the New Titles Gallery will provide visitors with an overview of just released book production for the autumn and Christmas market.

Book World Prague 2023 exceeded attendance expectations last weekend

The International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World Prague returned to the Prague Exhibition Ground in Holešovice from 11 to 14 May 2023 and was unique especially in terms of its theme. The concept of “Authors Without Borders” emphasized all authors transgressing notional borders and even exceeded the attendance expectations. Over the course of four days, Book World Prague drew almost 60 thousand readers. The festival featured Russian literary provocateur Vladimir Sorokin, Ukrainian literary star Serhiy Zhadan and German crime writer Volker Kutscher. The most popular Czech authors voted by visitors were Alena Mornštajnová, Kateřina Tučková and Michael Žantovský. The Jiří Theiner Award went to Iranian women and men fighting against oppression. Book World Prague presented the new Central and East European Book Market project, the Growing with a Book section dedicated to young readers proved its popularity again and the festival did not ease up on its support for Ukraine and helping Ukrainian refugees maintain contact with their language and literature. Visitors to Book World Prague 2023 were able to find hundreds of exhibitors in all the newly reconstructed Křižík pavilions while the programme part took place at the Prague Exhibition Grounds in tents. The 29th edition will take place on 23–26 May 2024 and will focus on literature by German-speaking authors.

* PRINT-QUALITY PHOTOS from all programmes can be downloaded after their viewing at: https://bit.ly/foto-SKP2023

 * Please, credit the photos when using them as: ARCHIV SVĚT KNIHY PRAHA 2023. (BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2023 ARCHIVE)

 * ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS are provided by our Press Centre at: https://bit.ly/presscentrumsvetknihy2023

The variety of guests at the Book World Prague 2023

Brežná, Aaronovitch, Kutscher, Fulghum but also Sorokin and Zhadan – the variety of guests at Book World Prague 2023 knows no bounds. The International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World Prague will present works and personalities from various countries and regions to local readers in 2023 as well. This year the main focus is not a single guest of honour. The concept of the 28th edition entitled “Authors Without Borders” emphasizes all authors transgressing notional borders. From 11 to 14 May 2023, Book World Prague will welcome, among others, the representatives of British fantasy, Ben Aaronovitch and Rob Wilkins, Swiss writer and publicist with Slovak roots Irena Brežná, popular Polish author of historical fiction Elżbieta Cherezińska and American philosopher of everyday life Robert Fulghum. The Das Buch programme will present German-writing authors such as a very talented prose writer Lucy Fricke, Czech native Jan Faktor or crime writers Volker Kutscher and Joachim B. Schmidt. The visitors will also be able to meet Russian literary provocateur Vladimir Sorokin and Ukrainian literary star Serhiy Zhadan, who will also perform a concert with his band.

Book World Prague 2023 will explore thoughts behind books

Book World Prague 2023 will explore thoughts behind books, honour Iranian women and men for their fight against the totalitarian regime and focus on Ukraine together with the Ukrainian literary star Serhiy Zhadan. “Book fairs and festivals focus more and more on what is behind books – thoughts,” points out Radovan Auer, Director of Book World Prague. For the 28th time, the international book fair and literary festival creates space for ideas and food for thought. Once again, it provides a public forum for authors fighting for various freedoms within the section entitled Literature, or the Voice of Freedom. The Jiří Theiner Award awarded within this section goes to Iran, to Iranian writers and women fighting against oppression.


Book World Prague 2023 Dedicated to Authors Without Borders

Book World Prague returns to the Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice from 11 to 14 May 2023. The 28th edition of the international book fair and literary festival will be thematically exceptional. The “Authors Without Borders” concept reflects the current time when borders, whether physical, cultural, social, sexual, genre or political, are becoming increasingly blurred. Thus in 2023, the guest of honour is not a specific country but authors transgressing notional borders. The fair will present a new campaign entitled “Support Your Bookseller” which aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by independent booksellers. It will also include a two-day Central and East European Book Market for professional audience for the first time. Visitors to Book World Prague 2023 will find hundreds of exhibitors in all the newly reconstructed Křižík pavilions while the programme part will take place at the Prague Exhibition Grounds in tents. 

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