3rd – 6th September, the Latvian Literature platform is organizing the 12th visit of foreign publishers and literary journalists to Riga, this time welcoming guests from Finland, Poland, Estonia, Germany, France, Austria, and Great Britain to introduce them to our publishing industry and literature.
During the stay, publishers and journalists will be attending lectures on the Latvian publishing industry (read by President of the Latvian Publishers Association, Renāte Punka), modern literature (literary critic Anda Baklāne), children’s literature and illustration (writer Laura Tabūna and artist Rūta Briede), our grant programme (coordinator of the Latvian Literature platform’s grant programme for translators Juta Pīrāga), the #iamintrovert campaign (creative director Una Rozenbauma), and Latvian traditions and achievements (read by public relations director at the Latvian Institute, Paula Prauliņa). The guests will participate in a tour and have a chance to see the National Library, Old Riga and its Art Nouveau architecture, as well as meet Latvian writers and publishers.
“We have invited those Latvian authors who we believe to be potentially interesting to the foreign publishers, those who fit their portfolios the most. We will also be trying something new with Latvian publishers and their foreign colleagues – the so called speed-dating. Everyone will be in the same room, and publishers from Latvia and abroad will be paired up for 20 minute conversations. This approach somewhat reflects the types of meetings you would be having in the big international book fairs where you often have but a few moments to convince the foregn representative that your works are worth publishing,” Juta Pīrāga explained. She also revealed that this might be the last visit organized by the Latvian Literature platform: “It is yet not clear if we are to receive funding for our next year’s goals.”
Latvia is welcoming representatives from WSOY (Finland), Sonia Draga Publishing House (Poland), Päike ja Pilv (Estonia), Mixtvision (Germany), Agullo Éditions (France), Edition Korrespondenzen (Austria), Éditions do (France), Piper Verlag (Germany), Francis Boutle (Great Britain), Edition Bracklo (Germany), as well as the Literary events director for the Paris Book Fair, and journalists from “Tageszeitung” (Germany) and “Deep Baltic”.