The International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World Prague
The International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World Prague returned to the Prague Exhibition Ground in Holešovice from 11 to 14 May 2023 and was unique especially in terms of its theme. The concept of "Authors Without Borders" emphasized all authors transgressing notional borders and even exceeded the attendance expectations.
Over the course of four days, Book World Prague drew almost 60 thousand readers. The festival featured Russian literary provocateur Vladimir Sorokin, Ukrainian literary star Serhiy Zhadan and German crime writer Volker Kutscher. The most popular Czech authors voted by visitors were Alena Mornštajnová, Kateřina Tučková and Michael Žantovský.
The Jiří Theiner Award went to Iranian women and men fighting against oppression. Book World Prague presented the new Central and East European Book Market project, the Growing With a Book section dedicated to young readers proved its popularity again and the festival did not ease up on its support for Ukraine and helping Ukrainian refugees maintain contact with their language and literature.
Visitors to Book World Prague 2023 were able to find hundreds of exhibitors in all the newly reconstructed Křižík pavilions while the programme part took place at the Prague Exhibition Grounds in tents.