Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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The Ukrainian International Book Fair wrapped up yesterday after a week of book readings, award presentations, book launches, authors’ interviews, and many other exciting literary events. I have to say that this book fair does not really compare in size or attendance to the Frankfurt Book Fair or the London Book Fair, but is it the largest annual book fair in Ukraine and therefore people like myself, who make a living by translating literature from English to Ukrainian and Russian, really pay attention to this important annual event. I was particularly interested in the Translit Festival during the fair, which is the largest event in Ukraine promoting literary translations from and to Ukrainian.

The Ukrainian International Book Fair featured exhibitors from many countries, including Germany, Poland, Russia, United States, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia, Columbia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, New Zealand, and many others. Over 350 authors published by over 200 publishers from all over the world participated in book readings and book signings during the event, and over 50 thousand visitors attended the fair. Poland was the Market Focus country this year.

I am pleased to report that Canadian literature was represented at the fair, even though it was only a few books, one of which was co-translated from English to Ukrainian by yours truly. I hope next year there will be a larger display of Canadian literature at this event.

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Victoria Sedova

Victoria Sedova is an accomplished author and literary translator. Her latest poetry collection is The Bay of Lost Love (BookLand Press).

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