For 42 years Interliber has been the central venue for the promotion of books, writers, reading, science and knowledge gathering the most significant publishers and booksellers. All book fans will be happy to hear that Interliber will be held from 12 - 17 November.
As the largest literary event in Croatia, Interliber has positioned itself as an important public platform for the freedom of expression through the written word and the dialogue between the local and the international literary scene.
Interliber, the 42nd International Book Fair will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Mayor of the City of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandić.
Pavilions 5, 6, 7a and the Congress Center of the Zagreb Fair will be filled by more than 380 exhibitors from 13 countries, (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, France, Croatia, Italy, China, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, USA, Slovenia, UK).
This year the fair registers an increase of 18% in the number of exhibitors and 5% in the size of the exhibition space.
Visitors can expect presentations of new books by domestic and foreign authors, meetings and interviews with writers, reading rooms and workshops, awarding of literary awards, auctions of old books, quiz shows, music programmes as well as professional meetings of publishers, booksellers and librarians.
The Premium programme to host famous authors will be prepared by eminent editors from the Croatian literary scene. The novelty of the Premium project is Interliber listening room for audio books.
Over 200 accompanying events will take place daily at four locations: halls at the gallery of the pavilion 5, stage in the pavilion 6, Congress Center Zagreb Fair and open-air space.
EDUCATION - A SAFE PATH TO THE FUTURE
The highlighted topic of this year's Interliber is KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING to take place on Friday and Saturday (15 and 16 November).
The Congress Center of the Zagreb Fair will host the Croatian Education Fair, World Education Fair and the conference "Better education, better Croatia", and will feature more than 50 exhibitors from Croatia and the world. At the largest and most important book fair in Croatia, both schoolchildren and business people who want to continue their education or perfect their skills, can find the best educational programmes, from primary and secondary schools, study programmes and language courses, learning assistance to business education, training, consulting, professional development etc. Other programmes like the school quiz show HIGH FIVE will be also organized.
This year the Croatian education will be presented for the first time at Interliber. Visitors can expect a diverse offer of schools (elementary and secondary, international and art, foreign languages, speed reading…), selected higher education institutions (universities, polytechnics, colleges from all over Croatia), unique lifelong education programmes (business education, professional development) and additional services (preparation for matura exam, e-learning, mental arithmetic).
Knowledge and Learning comprises the offer for all stages of education, from elementary to business, provides answers to all questions: what?, where?, how?, gives the best recommendations for children, freshmen and business people. All the information on the "merry" elementary school or art high school, studying in Zagreb, Rijeka, Vukovar, Požega, Virovitica, the best business education and training awaits you on Friday and Saturday (15 and 16 November) during Interliber at the Congress Center Zagreb Fair.
At the World Education Fair, all visitors interested in education abroad will be able to get information on study programmes, secondary schools, language courses abroad and the Internship USA and Work & Travel USA student exchange programme in the United States.
This will be the fifth time that Croatian high school and university students, their parents and everyone willing to learn more about education abroad will be given a unique opportunity to ask questions and participate in live meetings with the representatives and teachers from outstanding foreign universities, private secondary schools and language learning centres from the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Austria, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Belgium and guests from Croatian higher education institutions. During the WEF all visitors will have the opportunity to listen to interesting workshops and lectures on the education abroad, use discounts to language courses and find out how to get good scholarships.
CONFERENCE "BETTER EDUCATION, BETTER CROATIA"
The fifth Conference "Better Education, Better Croatia", organized by 24sata newspaper, is dedicated to improving education in Croatia. It is the only educational conference that has for years raised the most important issues of Croatian education and is the only systematic campaign aimed at upgrading Croatian education. The conference will host a number of prominent names from the educational system, ranging from the line minister, innovative teachers and some of the best Croatian students competing and winning awards at numerous international competitions, to the world's best teacher, Jukko Sinnemäkki from Finland. At a panel discussion, we will seek answers to the questions what we wanted and what was gained with the new educational reform, how some students manage to achieve fantastic results and what changes teachers make to their classrooms.
The best football player in the world, Luka Modrić, will come to Interliber to the joy of all fans on Sunday, 17 November at 2.30 pm, where he will present his book Autobiography by Luka Modrić - My Game on stage in the pavilion 6.
Luka Modrić made football history in 2018, when he won what no one before him did - all four of the world's most prestigious awards for the best player of the world in the same year - World Cup Golden Ball, FIFA Player of the Year, UEFA Player of the Year Award and Ballon D'Or. Previously, as captain and best player, he had led the Croatian national team to the silver medal at the World Cup in Russia and made all of us part of history.
Interliber is involved in Knjigodar, a book donation action for school libraries by the Croatian Association of School Librarians. Every year the book fund of a selected school library is enriched through a competition. The action aims at raising the awareness of the importance of school libraries in building a knowledge society. This year the books will be given to Prince Trpimir Elementary School from Kaštel Gomilica.
PRESENTATION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AT INTERLIBER
The Russian Federation will be presented at Interliber this year as well. There will be a presentation of the projects of the Forum of Slavic Cultures "Writers’ Route" and "The Slavic World through the Eyes of Children", the presentation of the 10th issue of the magazine "Inostrannaya Literatura" (Foreign literature) dedicated to Croatia "Croatia, what is it?" and lectures titled "Can someone be taught to write books?" and "What is the Silver Age?".
WHAT HAVE THE PUBLISHERS PREPARED?
MOZAIK KNJIGA - for the fair they have prepared debates and meetings with authors and book promotions. The following authors will sign books and meet with the visitors: Miro Gavran, Julijana Matanović, Pavao Pavličić, Zlatko Krilić, Goran Tribuson, Alma Bunić, Mihaela Brijak Gutierrez, Nives Madunić Barišić, Vjekoslava Huljić, Sanja Pilić, Sanja Polak, Melita Rundek, Željka Mezić, Niko Barun, Patricio Alejandro Aggero Marino and Marko Jovanovac. There will be a promotion of the book "The World's Healthiest Foods".
OCEAN MORE - at the stand of Ocean More the books will be signed by Damir Karakaš (Saturday) and Ljiljana Đorđević and Edo Popović (Sunday). For each purchase over HRK 300 the buyers will receive a cotton bag.
FRAKTURA - new releases for this year’s Interliber include: Yuri Andrukhovych: Lexicon of Intimate Cities, Gary Barker: The Museum of Lost Love, Paolo Cognetti: The Wild Boy, Kamel Daoud: Zabor or the Psalms, Cees Nooteboom: 533 Days, Amos Oz: Fima, John Williams: Butcher’s Crossing, Miljenko Jergović: Hercules, Miljenko Jergović: Works by Miljenko Jergović - 2nd series The Father and The Cat/The Dog Man, Igor Štiks: W, Kristijan Vujičić: When the Walls Fell, Feđa Gavrilović: Conquistadors With a Paintbrush, Slavko Goldstein: Prologues For a Better Country.
PROFIL - emphasizes the following: Elena Ferrante: Troubling Love, Jessie Burton: The Confession, Madeline Miller: Circe, Cecelia Ahern: Potscript, Markus Zusak: Bridge of Clay, Jurica Pavičić: Snake Collector, Ivo Goldstein: Controversies of 20th Century Croatian History, Inoslav Bešker: One Word Leading to Another, We are not alone, edited by Ivana Kalogjera, Malcolm Gladwell: Talking to Strangers, Ben Macintyre: The Spy and The Traitor, Richard Mills: The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State, Matt McCarthy: Superbugs - The Race to Stop an Epidemic, Evan Ratliff: The Mastermind, Avi Jorisch: Thou Shalt Innovate, Esther Wojcicki: How to Raise Successful People - Simple Lessons for Radical Results, Karen M. McManus: Two Can Keep a Secret, Cressida Cowell: The Wizards of Once, Kate DiCamillo, Louisiana's Way Home, Ben Hoare: An Anthology of Intriguing Animals, Richard Walker: The Human Body - A Pop-Up Guide to Anatomy, illustrated by Rachel Caldwell, Lauren Child: A Dog with Nice Ears, Rachel Bright and Jim Field: The Squirrels who Squabbled.
ZNANJE - from the titles of new authors whose novels have not yet been translated into Croatian Znanje wishes to single out the thriller The Silent Companions by the British author Laura Purcell, The Sin Collector by the Russian author Daria Desombre and the beautiful love story Call Me By Your Name by the American novelist Andre Aciman and Love and Ruin by the American author Paula McLain. Znanje will also feature new thrillers The Good Daughter by the American thriller queen Karin Slaughter and The Craftsman by the British author Sharon Bolton, who will visit Interliber and Zagreb and hang out with Croatian readers on Wednesday, 13 November. In the field of fiction Znanje wishes to highlight the new title Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by the well-known astrophysicist and author of numerous successful titles Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
ŠKOLSKA KNJIGA - organizes workshops to encourage reading and art workshops as well as daily presentations of its editions: Television programme - Damir Matković, The history of philosophy - Branko Bošnjak, Florette - Anna Walker, The Secrets of Little Brother - Hrvoje Kovačević, Architectural Column - Zvonko Pađen, The Theory of Numbers - Andrej Dujella, Music and Copyright - Miroslav Škoro, PhD, The Romanovs: 1613-1918 - Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Romanov Empress - C.W. Gortner, The Port of Siget - Hrvoje Hitrec, A Century of the People and the Church - Jure Krišto, PhD, Applied Dendrology - Stanislav Vlahović, PR Agencies - Mirela Holy, The Homeland - Mirjana Damaška, Children in Criminal Law - Perpetrators and Victims - Lana Petö Kujundžić, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden, Sebastian’s Stories and Shrubs of Wild Roses - Ivan Aralica.
THE SHEEP IN THE BOX is the literary award for the best Croatian picture books presented since 2005. It is the only award in Croatia, where an expert panel of writers, literary critics and illustrators examines the entire annual production of picture books and assesses the value of the text and its relationship to the illustration. The goal of this award is to evaluate the picture book as highly-valuable artistic work, since in Croatia the picture book genre has been belittled as compared to other literary forms. Along with the expert jury the best picture book is selected by an independent children’s jury. The Sheep in the box award will be presented on Saturday, 16 November on stage in the pavilion 6.
The official opening of the fair will take place on 12 November 2019 at 11:00h in the pavilion 6. The fair will be inaugurated by Mr. Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb.
WORKING HOURS - 10:00 - 20:00h, Friday and Saturday by 21.00h
Admission to INTERLIBER is FREE. Parking for all visitors is free on the south, west and east side of the Zagreb Fair grounds.
PRIVILEGES FOR VISITORS
Croatian Railways will grant visitors from Croatia and Slovenia 40% discount to the return ticket price.
Located by the pavilion 7 the press center will be available to journalists every day during the run of the fair.