The 19th Vilnius Book Fair, taking place from 22 to 25 February 2018, will traditionally present new books in print, host discussions and offer an interesting programme for professionals from Europe and beyond. This year, the fair expects over 40 international participants from more than 10 different countries. As Lithuania will be celebrating 100 years’ anniversary of the restoration as an independent state in February, Vilnius Book Fair will devote much of its attention to the anniversary too.
Dialogue of European Union Prize for Literature Winners
During the fair a lot of attention will be focused on the European Union Prize for Literature. Organised by a Consortium comprised of the European Writer’s Council (EWC), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) with support of the European Commission, the Prize has been awarded to three Lithuanian authors so far. This year, a special book, which focuses on the 9 Baltic EUPL winners, will be presented at the fair.
The EUPL Consortium, with the support of the Lithuanian Publishers Association, is also organising a dialogue on Thursday, 22 February, from 16:00 with 3 EUPL winners: Sara Mannheimer (Sweden, 2012), Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė (Lithuania, 2009) and Evie Wyld (UK, 2014).
Swedish writer Sara Mannheimer, who currently lives in Stockholm where she not only writes, but also runs a glass studio at the same time, has been invited to the fair by the EUPL Consortium. Her debut novel “The Rules” (2008) was nominated for the August Prize, while her second novel “The Action” won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2012. In 2015, this novel was translated into Lithuanian by Alma Braškytė and published by Tyto Alba.
Thanks to the support of the London Book Fair, acclaimed British author Evie Wlyd, who was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature for her novel “All the Birds, Singing”in 2014, will also be present at the fair. Her winning novel was also published in Lithuania in 2017.
Moreover, Homo Liber publishing house has invited Finnish writer Selja Ahava, 2016 laureate of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016. She will present her book “Things that Fall from the Sky”, which was also translated into Lithuanian.