About Us

The "Latvian Literature" platform was established in order to promote recognition of Latvian literature and its distribution abroad, to ensure international cooperation among publishers, literary agents, writers, translators, and organizations working in the fields of literature and publishing. We are here to provide you with a diverse array of information on Latvian authors, books, our publishing industry, and innovations within the industry.

E-mail: info@latvianliterature.lv

The "Latvian Literature" platform was created through a partnership of the three largest literary institutions in Latvia: the International Writers and Translators house, the Latvian Writers Union, and the Latvian Publishers Association.

The International Writers and Translators House (IWTH) is in charge of the management and development of the Latvian Literature platform, as well as Latvia's participation in the London Book Fair – where Latvia was one of the Market Focus countries in 2018 – and other book fairs (Leipzig, Bologna, Frankfurt). IWTH also provides grants for the translation and publishing of Latvian literature, and has developed a program for a long-term work with literary translators. IWTH offers a residency for literary translators, including an intensive Latvian language course.

E-mail: ventspilshouse@ventspilshouse.lv

The Latvian Writers Union represents the rights of Latvian writers, and organizes the two largest literary festivals in Latvia.

E-mail: lrs@rakstnieciba.lv

The Latvian Publishers Association represents the rights of Latvian publishers, and organizes the Best Designed Book of the Year contest.

E-mail: lga@gramatizdeveji.lv

 

Mobility Programme

In 2020, the Latvian Literature platform is collaborating with the State Culture Capital Foundation to carry out a mobility programme for book industry professionals and illustrators, to represent Latvian literature abroad, covering mobility expenses.

All authors and industry professionals planning to be involved in events representing Latvian literature abroad are welcome to reach out to Latvian Literature at their earliest convenience, i.e., during the early stages of planning or at least two months before the scheduled event, since the programme intends to support as many different and substantiated mobility projects as possible. Details about the scheduled event must be submitted electronically via e-mail: juta@latvianliterature.lv. The application should consist of a free-form description of the event, the applicant’s role in it as well as the type and amount of co-funding required. Priority will be given to applications stating that the receiving party is determined to cover part of the total expenses required during the mobility, as well as applications stating that the applicant is a participant at a festival, book fair, exhibition, or a similar venue. Within limits, the programme will cover the travel, accommodation, as well as per diem expenses in direct payments.

The main objective of the programme is to promote the visibility of Latvian literature abroad as well as advance the capacity of book industry professionals by endorsing their participation in internationally renowned events (book fairs, literary festivals, conferences, seminars, workshops, networking events, etc.). The program aims to create a cohesive strategy of exporting Latvian literature that provides an overview of the industry as well as attract resources from other partners (Latvian embassies abroad, foreign collaboration partners and media, etc.). The mobility programme is funded by the State Culture Capital Foundation and administered by the Latvian Literature platform.