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Literature.  Göteborg ,  26/09/2013

The Institut Ramon Llull will be present at the Gothenburg Book Fair, being held from 26th to 29th September, to prepare the Catalan focus that the fair has programmed for next year. The representatives of the IRL will be meeting Scandinavian publishers to present the work of Catalan authors to them and they will be making contact with the people in charge of Swedish cultural facilities and institutions. This visit “in situ” will complement the contacts that were made last July when the IRL invited a delegation of Swedish publishers and translators to Barcelona.




The Gothenburg Book Fair is the most important date in the Scandinavian publishing world and the largest cultural event in Scandinavia, with over 100,000 visitors. It is addressed to both the general public and the publishing sector, which accounts for 37% of the total number of visitors. As a major international event, it receives broad media coverage, with over 1,500 journalists in attendance. This year, the 29th edition, over 3,000 activities have been programmed at 15 different venues and there will be 935 stands from 22 countries in an area of 14,000 m2.

The fair presents a highly prestigious literary and cultural programme: it is inviting 845 writers from 38 countries to take part in 434 discussions and debates. Among the authors taking part this year in the programme of discussions are such well-known names as Richard Ford, Gabriela Adamesteanu, Orlando Figes, Sofi Oksanen, Norman Manea, Caitlin Moran, Mircea Cartarescu and Frans de Waal.

Over the years, the fair has invited the literatures of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Flanders, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, India and South Korea. This year, the guest country is Romania and a second thematic focus will be dedicated to Bangladesh. Next September, this second focus will be dedicated to Catalonia, while the guest country will be Brazil. 

It is being held from 26th to 29th September this year, with Romania as guest country and Bangladesh as second thematic focus

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is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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