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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.”