The Reykjavik Book Fair has been an annual event in the City of Literature since Reykjavík became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2011. The fair is jointly hosted by the Icelandic Publishers Association and the Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature office. It is held during one weekend in late November. The fair is open to all and entrance is free of charge. The first few years it was located at the Reykjavik City Hall but moved to Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Convention Center in 2016.
The fair gives a great overview of the Icelandic ‘Christmas Book Flood’, accompanied by a diverse literary programme for kids and adults. Guests can enjoy readings, discussions, story hours for children, exhibitions, music, games etc., all connected to books published in Iceland during the year in question. The fair is thus not a business to business fair, but rather a business to customer fair with the purpose of introducing in one place the bulk of Icelandic publishing in all genres. Readers can look at books in the booths hosted by a great majority of Icelandic publishers, talk to publishers and writers about these books, meet other readers, and enjoy the rich literary programme hosted by the City of Literature.
See full program in Icelandic here.
The 31st SISF celebrates old traditions and new connections, showcasing how music, dance and story communicate shared experiences that are ‘Beyond Words’.
Canada and Scotland have closely interwoven identities and histories, so SISF is delighted to headline ‘Canada-Scotland: Coast to Coast’ for its International Exchange, thanks to Festivals Expo support.
In this UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, First Nation and Scottish tradition bearers will share their story, dance and song inheritance, while contemporary narratives of exile, migration and cultural displacement search for mutual understanding and healing across a fractured world.
Invited guests will perform in Edinburgh, in collaboration with their Scottish compatriots, as well as tour Scotland, encouraging grassroots storytelling in the community, and pioneering the importance of storytelling to build inter-cultural bridges, which is expanded through our popular SISF Community Programme.
SISF will also have an expanded workshop and development strand, allowing opportunity for creatively exploring the values and actions of The Earth Charter at the ‘Global Storytelling Lab’.
The final days of the Festival will, in accord with Celtic tradition, lead into the Feast of Samhuinn.
Perfectly positioned with Scotland’s ‘A Year of Conversation 2019’, SISF will nurture a space to express shared human values, aspirations and hope for the future.
Whether you’re a storyteller yourself, a listener, or someone who is completely new to the craft, let SISF take you Beyond Words this autumn.
Liber, International Book Fair
The LIBER International Book Fair returns to Madrid from 9 to 11 October 2019 to celebrate its 37th year, with Sharjah as Guest of Honour. Organised by IFEMA and promoted by the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds (FGEE), this year will be the largest international event for books in Spanish, offering business opportunities to major publishing houses and providing a boost to the book market.