34th Slovenian book fair Ljubljana headlined by Booker and Goncourt laureates

Running from 20 to 25 November in Ljubljana's Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre, the 34th book festival will bring more than 300 events, featuring more than a hundred publishers and 25,000 books, including 3,000 new titles. 

Besides being the oldest, Slovenian Book Fair is by far the largest and the most important event of its kind in Slovenia.The fair, annually visited by around 35,000 book lovers, will be opened by one of the most praised Slovenian poets, Svetlana Makarovič, just months before she turns 80.

It will host over 100 writers, of whom several will mark their personal anniversaries, including acclaimed authors Drago Jančar and Ivo Svetina and illustrator Marjanca Jemec Božič. Man Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle and Goncourt Prize winner Marie NDiaye will headline this year's fair. The fair will also pay homage to Ivan Cankar (1876-1918) as the country marks the centenary of the death of one of its greatest writers this year. The tribute will be paid to him with the festival's image, which the organisers "borrowed" from "a print radiating Cankar's power and inner light", which artist Janez Boljka (1931-2013) created for the first book fair in 1972.

Neighbouring Hungary will be featured as guest country and presented in collaboration with the Hungarian Balassi Institute in Ljubljana from various aspects rather than just literature. Its film, music, dance and cuisine will be featured alongside visiting writers, with Peter Nadas as the guest of honour.


Source and photos: STA, Slovenian Book Fair