Founded as “a place for freedom” in 1995, just a month and a half after the end of the war in Croatia, the Pula Book Fair in Croatia is a magnet for the region’s publishers and readers.
As Ukraine’s bookselling prospects improve, the loss of the country’s open-air market book stalls may mean more challenges for the book business.
Despite reported closures of publishers in Ukraine, some say the ban on Russian literature will trigger a new boom in Ukrainian texts which, along with state orders for books, could prompt an upturn in the beleaguered market.
With some 4,000 titles produced annually and a yearly budget of some €4.5 million, the Slovenian Book Agency will organize Slovenia’s 2022 Guest of Honor program at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.
In the latest of its moves amid East-European educational-sector interests, it proposes taking over publishing and distribution assets in Bulgaria.
Czech book distributor Euromedia Group hopes to expand its activity by acquiring the country’s leading bookstore chain, Neoluxor.
As publishers in Ukraine continue to struggle, the country’s ban on importing Russian-language books has led to decreased consumer demand and fewer titles.
Private publishers could be shut out of Romania’s schoolbook market in a new law that would name a single textbook publisher for the country.
From PoliticalCritique.org: ‘We are surrounded by unstoppable, powerful and chaotic production,’ says author Dubravka Ugrešić in an interview.
Lithuania’s key event in literature builds on last year’s turnout of close to 68,000 people and is geared to attractions for adult and younger readers.