BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2022 Boasts Record Visitor Numbers

Press release about 27th international book fair and literary festival BOOK WORLD PRAGUE

14 June 2022

The international book fair and literary festival Book World Prague was held for the very first time outside of its original venue – a record 54 thousand visitors passed through its gates on the second weekend in June. This exceeded the numbers from 2019 with its roughly 50 thousand visitors. The main highlights of the 27th annual event were authors from the guest country of honour Italy, including the excellent storyteller Donatella Di Pietrantonio or the author of powerful narratives Viola Ardone, also the Ukrainian display, which hosted a reading of children’s books by the wife of the Ukrainian ambassador Olga Perebyjnis, and the section entitled Literature as a Voice of Freedom. The festival also offered debates featuring outstanding foreign and Czech writers and topics such as freedom of speech, globalisation, history or the future. Book World Prague 2022 stayed true to its motto borrowed from the renowned Italian thinker Umberto Eco:  “We live for books – a sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.”

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Press Centre is located next to the entrance to the fair.

Press Accreditation: Entry to the Exhibition Grounds is free, but without a press accreditation you will not be able to enter the exhibition halls or programme theatres. It is not necessary to be accredited beforehand - the accreditation will take place in the Press Centre at the venue. 

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Fri.        9.30 am – 7.00 pm
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SVĚT KNIHY PRAHA 2022 zaplní 416 vystavovatelů a 746 účinkujících ze 33 zemí

Hlavní slovo má Itálie, pozornost je věnována Ukrajině

7. června 2022

Mezinárodní knižní veletrh a literární festival Svět knihy Praha 2022 otevře všem milovníkům literatury své brány od 9. do 12. června. Během 27. ročníku přivítá na Výstavišti Praha v Holešovicích 416 vystavovatelů a 746 účinkujících ze 33 zemí a regionů. Jako čestný host se prezentuje kulturně bohatá Itálie. Literární mistrovství této země zastoupí například vynikající vypravěčka Donatella Di Pietrantonio či autorka silných příběhů Viola Ardone. V sekci Literatura jako hlas svobody vystoupí kromě jiných aktivista z Hongkongu nominovaný na Nobelovu cenu míru Nathan Law . Dorazí také mistr povídky, izraelský autor Etgar Keret či autorka bestsellerových thrillerů Shari Lapena. Dětské čtenářství podpoří inspirativní nabídka pavilonu Rosteme s knihou. Samostatný veletržní stánek se organizátoři Světa knihy Praha 2022 rozhodli vyhradit Ukrajině. Svět knihy Praha 2022 provází motto převzaté od významného italského myslitele Umberta Eca. Jeho slova vyjadřují ideu nejen 27. ročníku: „Žijeme pro knihy a je to sladké poslání ve světě upadajícím a zmítaném nepořádkem.“

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BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2022 Presents Literary Stars, Some as “Voices of Freedom”

Svetlana Alexievich, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Lukas Bärfuss or Etgar Keret

10 May 2022

27th international book fair and literary festival – announces the names of even more literary celebrities it looks forward to hosting. Its section entitled Literature, or the Voice of Freedom offers a public platform to authors fighting for freedom. As such, it will present two authors of world renown: laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature Svetlana Alexievich from Belarus, and one of the leading representatives of Russia’s intellectual opposition Lyudmila Ulitskaya. Another distinguished guest, the human rights activist from Hong Kong Nathan Law, will also be heard as a voice of freedom.

Book World Prague connects a wide array of guests from various parts of the world. Readers can look forward to encounters with the acclaimed Swiss novelist Lukas Bärfuss, as well as the master of short texts from Israel, Etgar Keret. Czech as well as global audiences have shown their appreciation for the Canadian “queen of domestic thrillers” Shari Lapena, and the same is true of the British author Naomi Wood, acclaimed by critics and readers alike, or the French writer with Moroccan roots and outstanding literary talent Leïla Slimani. Besides the already announced guest of honour, which is Italy, 27th Book World will also shine a spotlight on Ukrainian literature for adults and children. The Prague Book World will welcome all book enthusiasts on June 9-12 at the Prague Exhibition Grounds.

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PHOTOGRAPHS, FESTIVAL CATALOGUE, OVERVIEW OF GUESTS FROM ABROAD and other materials are available from the Press Centre.

PRESS ACCREDITATION: Entry to the Exhibition Grounds is free, but without a press accreditation you will not be able to enter the exhibition halls or programme theatres. It is not necessary to be accredited beforehand - the accreditation will take place in the Press Centre at the venue. 

BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2022 to Focus on Italy’s Literature and Atmosphere

Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Viola Ardone, Luigi Zoja or Donato Carrisi Are Among the Invited Authors

6 April 2022

27th Book World Prague, international book fair and literary festival, is set to convey – at least in part – the atmosphere of Italy. The country with a deep-rooted cultural tradition features as the festival’s guest of honour. Prague Exhibition Grounds will buzz with the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of an Italian piazza, also reflected in the colourful multi-genre programme. Czech readers will not only get to meet writers whose books they already know from Czech translations, but also the authors of some brand-new translated titles.

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BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2022 Shines the Spotlight on Living for Books

It will also present the wealth of Italian literature, provide platform for Literature as the Voice of Freedom, and address the youngest readers

21 January 2022

“We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.”    This quote from Umberto Eco will serve as the motto of the upcoming 27th annual international book fair and literary festival, Book World Prague 2022.  The renowned author’s words sum up the event’s long-term objective.

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BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2021 as a Celebration of the Successful Return after an Involuntary Break    

27 November 2021                        

Following last year’s interruption caused by the pandemic, Book World Prague – international book fair and literary festival – has successfully returned to the delight of both the exhibitors and, perhaps even more importantly, its visitors.

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BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2021 in Numbers

Book fair:
Number of exhibitors: 288
Number of expositions: 152
Total area:  2,933 m2 

Literary festival:
Number of performers: 607        
Number of programmes: 481
Number of exhibitions: 11

Number of visitors: 34,000

Number of countries and regions: 27     
Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Nigeria, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom