This year Latvia’s national book publishing and literature stand in London will present export-capable books that have been published in Latvia. They are listed in a special catalogue, "Books to Fall For." Also on display will be translations of Latvian books, as well as the country’s most beautiful art and photography books. A special place at the stand will be devoted to high-quality work by the printing industry.
On April 11, the president of the Latvian Association of Book Publishers, Renāte Punka, will take part in a conference for professionals from the publishing industry, "Quantum: Know Your Market," to talk about the specifics and trends of the book market in Latvia. On April 14, Renāte Punka will take part in a discussion organised by the London Book Market and the British Trade and Investment Council on the situation of the book publishing industry in the Baltic region.
On April 12, at the London Book Market, there will be a discussion and seminar titled "Crossroads are Everywhere," where representatives of the Baltic States will talk about specific aspects of the region’s social, political and cultural environment. The central issue will be what it means in the 21st century to belong to a comparatively small nation, also looking at how to preserve the identity of local culture and language under conditions of globalisation and intensive migration. Latvia will be represented by political scientist and author Ivars Ijabs.
On April 13, the London Book Market will offer a poetry reading, "New Voices from the Baltics," which will involve recognised poets from the Baltic States about whose work Anglophone publishing houses have indicated an interest. Inga Gaile will take part as one of Latvia’s best-known poets.
Latvia’s delegation to the London Book Market this year will include book publishers and professionals from the publishing industry. Latvian Culture Minister Dace Melbārde will visit London to deliver an address at a Baltic reception in honour of the participation of the Baltic States in the London Book Market in 2018 with the status of guests. During the event, representatives of the Baltic States will meet with leaders of the London Book Market, as well as with members of the British Council and the Association of Book Publishers to discuss co-operation and to plan activities that are necessary through 2018.