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Limassol International Book Fair returns for its second year

The book fair to welcome over 100 writers in Limassol

Apostolos Kouroupakis

Apostolos Kouroupakis

The Limassol International Book Fair is back for its second edition, and it's set to captivate book enthusiasts from November 17 to 19 at Lanitis Carob Mills in Limassol. This year's event, with four distinct stages, will showcase a central exhibition featuring the works of journalist Christos Michalaros, all centered around the theme of "Networks." The objective is not just to introduce authors and their literary creations to the general public but also to forge connections between the realm of books and society, building bridges across various facets of literature and culture.

The fair will commence on November 17 with a full-day professional conference, gathering over 30 experts from the book industry, both local and international. These professionals, including academics, librarians, publishers, translators, booksellers, publishing consultants, agents, and authors, will address critical issues in the book world on stage, examining matters relevant to the industry on both local and global scales.

This year, the fair dedicates its children and youth segment to the themes of inclusion and acceptance, aligning with World Tolerance Day, observed on November 17.

The following two days, November 18 and 19, will be open to the general public, offering an opportunity to explore over 80 exhibitors and discover new and classic book titles. Attendees can also look forward to a diverse program of activities, discussions, interviews, and presentations across the four stages. Over 100 writers and speakers from Cyprus, Greece, France, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, and Russia will participate in more than 90 events designed for adults, children, and teenagers.

The main stage of the exhibition will feature special tributes to Nikos Kazantzakis and Cypriot poet Elias Konstantinou. Additionally, various thematic discussions will take place, exploring topics such as the intersection of technology with books, the impact of audiobooks in our lives, the detective novel genre, and the phenomenon of popularized business. These discussions will feature renowned figures from both Cyprus and abroad, including Rea Galanaki, Alain Blondy, Eftychia Giannaki, Giannis Palavos, Giannis Kalpouzos, Kostas Vrachnos, Cornelia Hülmbauer, Sascha Garzetti, Nasia Dionysiou, Constance Sotiriou, Maria A. Ioannou, Konstantinos Papageorgiou, Alexandros Chronidis, musician Themos Skardamis, and actors Dimitris Lalos and Vassilis Vasilakis.

Moreover, the children and youth segment will emphasize inclusion and acceptance, coinciding with World Tolerance Day on November 17, when school visits to the fair will be scheduled. The multicultural corner will be inaugurated, with fairy tales narrated in various languages, including English, French, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Greek. The fair will also feature the 1st Bibliomarathon, which started during the summer and will culminate in an educational game called "Bibliokouiz" on November 18. The program includes activities related to graphic novels and an exciting escape room experience with ties to cyberspace themes. The Limassol Book Fair's second prize will be awarded to Maria Michaelidou-Good for her contributions to children's literature and her exploration of sensitive topics related to people and the environment.

Admission to the fair is free for the public.

The 2nd Limassol International Book Fair is held under the auspices of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and with the support of the Limassol Municipality, the Deputy Ministry of Culture, and the Deputy Ministry of Tourism. The fair is generously supported by Armida Events, Argyros Group, Lidl Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, Tsiridis Law, the Technical University of Cyprus, Hermes Airports, OPAP Cyprus, the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, EBSCO, Jukebooks, the Cyprus Association of librarians and information scientists, Alliance Française, Nicosie accueil, the Children's & Youth Book Association, McDonald's Cyprus, small books, and Festival Sardam. Key communication partners include Sigma TV and Today newspaper, while the fair collaborates with the Organization of European Programs and Cultural Relations and the Digital Security Authority for special events.

Don't miss this exciting literary event happening from November 17 to 19 at Lanitis Carob Mills in Limassol. For more information, visit www.limassolbookfair.com or contact info@limassolbookfair.com.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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