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SLOVAKIA GUEST OF HONOUR AT BUDAPEST'S 27TH INTL BOOK FESTIVAL

 

Slovakia is guest of honour at the 27th International Book Festival Budapest to be held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at Budapest’s Millenáris Park, organisers told a press conference on Thursday. The event to be held after a two-year hiatus will host 130 exhibitors and 150 programmes, with more than 40 foreign guests attending, Katalin Gál, the head of the Hungarian Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association, said. Guest of honour is Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist, essayist and oral historian, who will also receive the Budapest Grand Prize presented by Budapest’s mayor, Gergely Karácsony. The festival will showcase 29 Slovak books translated into Hungarian and 10 books by Slovak authors writing in Hungarian. It will also host the European Debut Writers Festival on Sept. 30, with young authors from 20 countries expected to attend.