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London Book Fair

The London Book Fair: Baltic Countries Market Focus 2018

The Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will be the Market Focus countries at The London Book Fair in 2018. This will be a unique opportunity to see a selection of the best contemporary writers from the Baltics in conversation with UK writers and publishers.

Introduction on Lithuanian literature

Lithuanian literature comes from a country that has seen a lot and has suffered plenty of trials.  Its natural progress in tune with Western cultural trends has been interrupted many times by foreign oppression. Throughout the 20th century, it experienced a range of dramatic shifts and historical transformations, turbulence and ideological pressure. Occupied for nearly 50 years, Lithuania started breathing freely around 1989, when the Soviet Union crumbled and the Berlin Wall came down, and when the Baltic countries joined hands in the Baltic Way. On 11 March 1990, by reclaiming its independence, the Republic of Lithuania regained its place on the map of the world. Since then, independent and freely composed Lithuanian literature could also return to its natural course: liberated from the former pressures of ideological censorship, it embraced a variety of creative trends, and started gathering new impetus to develop. The year 1989 is thus the best starting point from which to begin the story of contemporary Lithuanian literature.

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Upcoming Lithuanian literature:

Rasa Aškinytė, The Easiest (Noir Press) – 2017
Grigory Kanovich, Shtetl Love Song (Noir Press) – 2017
Ričardas Gavelis, Memoirs of a Young Man (Vagabond Voices) – 2017
Tomas Venclova and Ellen Hinsey, Magnetic North: Conversations with Tomas Venclova (University of Rochester Press, US / Boydell & Brewer, UK) – 2017
Antanas Škėma, White Shroud (Vagabond Voices) – 2018
Dalia Grinkevičiūtė, Shadows on the Tundra (Peirene Press) – 2018
Gintaras Grajauskas, Then What (Bloodaxe) – April 2018
Sigitas Parulskis, Darkness and Company (Peter Owen) – 2018
Renata Šerelytė, The Music Teacher (Noir Press) – 2018
Jaroslavas Melnikas, The Piano Room (Noir Press) – 2018
Aušra Kiudulaitė and Evelina Daciūtė, The Fox on the Swing (Thames&Hudson) – 2018
Alvydas Šlepikas, My Name is Marytė (Oneworld Publications) – 2018

 

 

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Lithuania at the London Book Fair

According to industry experts, this international fair is the second most important one of its kind for establishing contacts in publishing. It brings together publishing representatives, agents, translators and writers from around the globe.

In the 2014 the ministers of culture of the Baltic states signed a joint memorandum concerning participation in the 2018 London Book Fair. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been invited to participate in the fair as the “Market Focus” guests of honour and the three countries have decided to coordinate their presentations of Baltic literature.

Regarding Lithuania’s first national stand at the London Book Fair, Eglė Vitkauskaitė with the former International Cultural Programme Centre (now Books from Lithuania) said: “Our participation this year is crucial because of meetings with the organizers of the fair as well as with representatives of the Estonian and Latvian culture ministries and publishing sectors, with whom we will discuss and consult regarding concrete conditions and measures that will impact Lithuania’s presentation beyond 2015.” “We have a strong literature and outstanding poets. By taking part in these events, we can make a personal connection with visitors, foreign publishers, and book designers, and we can convince them that we deserve attention. We are distinct, and we have cultural and historical experiences that are relevant for other nations.”