The 33rd Slovenian Book Fair

Last week, the Cankar Culture Centre gathered about 30 thousand lovers of books. Within the framework of the 33rd Slovenian Book Fair, over 3,000 books were presented and 300 accompanying events took place. Another 115 participants were able to convey to the visitors the importance of reading books.

Besides, 100 Slovenian and 30 foreign (mainly German-speaking) authors took part in the traditional largest book fair in the country.

In the morning, the first show of the animation film Martin Krpan took place. The oldest Slovenian illustrated book was translated into many languages, including Russian, Japanese and Esperanto. This time, it was presented through visual images created by the illustrator Natan Esku, screenwriter Janez Burger and director Nejc Sajet as a 24-minute animated film. In January 2018, the film will be shown in the Kinodvor cinema (Ljubljana).

The Grand Prix of the Slovenian Book Fair in the Book of the Year category was presented to Boris Novak for the epic “Doors to Irreversibility”. The Radojke Vrančič Award to the best young translator was presented to Jernej Županič for his translations of the collection of verse “Mysteriousness” by C. D. Wright, the short story “Samuel Johnson Is Indignant” by Lydie Davis and the novel “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Dave Eggers.

The book “Crumbs from the Valley of Mice” was awarded for the best design in the current year. The authors are Anja Štefan and Alenka Sottler, illustrator—Sanja Janša. The award for the best business book was presented to Angela Duckworth and her “Commitment”.

The award for the best booth went to the LUD Literatura publishing house, which also received a special award for achievements in the field of electronic publishing and promotion of books.