Closing Press Release: BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2011

Venue: Palace of Industry, Prague Exhibition Grounds (Holešovice)
Dates: 12—15 May 2011
Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers, Svět knihy, s.r.o. [Book World Ltd.]
Partners: Czech Television, Czech Radio, Lidové noviny, Prager Zeitung, The Prague Post, Host, A2, Literární noviny, Radio 1; Literature Across Frontiers with the support of the Culture Programme of the EU and Next Page, Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague), Dar Ibn Rushd, Czech-Arabian Society, Czech Centres; Mövenpick, Auroton Computer, Ikea, Fagor, Potten & Pannen, Graspo
Patrons: Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, Mayor of the City of Prague
Sponsors: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Hall
Guest of honour: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Focus: The Literature of the Arab World and The World of e-books

BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2011 in statistics

Literary Festival in statistics
participants: 480 (54 from abroad)
total programmes: 403
exhibitions: 22
film screenings: 38
theatre performances: 7
Fair in statistics
exhibitors: 322
stands: 211
surface area: 3,016 m²
professional visitors registered: 665
number of accredited journalists: 496 (98 from abroad)
number of visitors: 38,000
countries and regions (exhibitors and guests): 47

Prizes awarded at the fair

The Tale of the One Thousand and Second Night or the Literature of the Arab World – announcement of results and conferring of prizes for the literary competition of the same name; Readers’ Challenge – final round of a competition testing knowledge of the content of books, held by Book World Ltd. for sixth-year classes of primary schools, whose preliminary rounds were entered online by 17 classes from across the Czech Republic and in which the best 5 will compete in the final before an audience (Book World Ltd. as part of its Growing with the Book campaign for the promotion of book-reading); Jiří Orten Prize (Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers); Czech Bestsellers in 2010 (Rodinné knihkupectví); Booksellers’ Charts (Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers); Premia Bohemica (Writers’ Guild); Map of the Year (Cartographic Society of the Czech Republic); Tourmap (Tourfilm Festival and Avant Promotion); Prize of the Academy of SF, Fantasy and Horror, ‘Skřipec’ and ‘Little Skřipec’ [The Torture Rack] (Czech Literary Translators’ Guild); Miroslav Ivanov Prize and Prize of the Town of Jaroměř-Josefov (Club of Non-fiction Authors); Dictionary of the Year (Association of Translators and Interpreters); School is the Foundation of Life (Writers’ Guild); Our World 2010 (National Institute for Children and Young People of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports); Prizes for the Development of Czech Wikipedia (Wikimedia); plus many other prizes awarded by individual publishing houses.

For reports on some of these events, please go to the Book Fair News bulletin.

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