Cultural events and book news at Latvian Book Fair 2022!

Book lovers rejoice: the Latvian Book Fair 2022 international book and publisher exhibition will bring together writers, translators, artists, publishers and readers, and will take place on 11–13 March, at the Exhibition Centre in Ķīpsala. This will be a long-awaited event not only for the publishing industry, but for Latvia’s culture as a whole!

During the fair’s three days, its visitors will get to meet their favourite writers and artists, listen to authors reading their own works, get autographs, participate in book launch events, discover what new things the publishers have to offer, discuss current topics, participate in contests and buy books at special prices in Ķīpsala.

Publishers like Jānis Roze, ‘Dienas grāmata’, ‘Latvijas mediji’, Pētergailis, Jumava, ‘Liels un mazs’, Mansards, Zinātne, Izdevniecība Avots, Madris, MicRec, SolVita, Turība University Press, and UPE music record publisher, will bring their remarkable books to Latvian Book Fair 2022.

‘Like never before, we come to recognise that despite the immense amount of information available online, holding a book in your own hands is something special and personal. Books are an inexhaustible source of joy and adventure that reveals new worlds and lets us live through thousands of lives. I look forward to finally being able to meet again in person, and I invite everyone to come and visit this book festival in Ķīpsala and discover the latest works by various authors,’ Edgars Skara, head of Latvian Book Fair 2022, said.

Latvian Book Fair 2022 will offer a diverse programme of cultural events. On 11 March, at 12:00, the publisher MicRec will reveal the ‘50 populārākās dziesmas’ (‘50 Most Popular Songs’) book with lyrics, chords and sheet music of songs by guitarist and composer Aivars Hermanis, with a performance by singers Ieva Akuratere and Igo. The University of Latvia Press invites visitors to come to a presentation of ‘Sabiedrība bez pasaules’ (‘Society without the World’) and a meeting with philosopher Raivis Bičevskis. At 15:00, on the Grand Stage, there will be a meeting with writer and poet Jana Egle. At 16:00, the end of the fair’s first day will be marked by the opening of the book ‘Veiksmīga uzņēmumu apvienošana un iegādes integrācijas noslēpums’ (‘Success in Merging Businesses and Secret to Integration of Purchasing’) with its author Kaspars Mucenieks.

In addition to children’s books, young readers will get a fair share of exciting activities. A knight is only human and loves sweets, just like you. Which also means that knights, too, get toothaches! This will be the theme of the Latvian Puppet Theatre show ‘Bruņinieks, kuram sāpēja zobi’ (‘The Knight with a Toothache’), which will take place on 12 March, for audiences of all ages.

On 12 March, at 11:00, the Grand Stage will be the location of a presentation of the Tiny Books from Baltic Authors international project. At 12:00, the Pētergailis publishing house will reveal the new book by Inese Paklone, ‘Zvēru barošana’ (‘Feeding Animals’), and the ‘Zvirbulim nenāk miegs’ (‘A Sparrow Can’t Sleep’) anniversary collection of works by Māris Rungulis. There will be mammal, bird and reptile contests for younger book lovers! A meeting with the authors of the ‘Latvijas vēstures mīti un versijas’ (‘Latvian History Myths and Theories’) series will take place immediately afterwards. At 15:00, the publisher Avots will invite parents and grandparents to a discussion on the feelings of safety and guilt when reading books on parenting. The discussion will include the author of the Es Pats blog, Montessori teacher Viktorija Ozola and Lauris Bokišs, an instructor at the Tēvi association. At the end of the day, Latvijas Mediji will invite the fair’s guests to a meeting with writer Maija Krekle.

On 13 March, at 11:00, Latvijas Mediji will hold a meeting with children’s author Zigmunds Bekmanis. At noon on Sunday, at 12:00 a discussion of the book ‘Ir mēness zelta kuģis’ (‘The Moon is a Ship of Gold’) will take place on the Grand Stage, with Estonian writer Juhani Pitsep and Latvian artist Gundega Muzikante who collaborated in its creation. At 13:00, there will be a discussion about the ‘Pasaule un mēs’ (‘The World and Us’) programme of the KultūrELPA project. And this is not all! For a detailed schedule of the events, see:

Latvian Book Fair 2022 is organised by the BT 1 international exhibition company, in conjunction with the Latvian Publishers’ Association. Find out more at:
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BT 1 is opening its spring season in full swing, with Latvian Book Fair 2022 and the Skola 2022 international education fair to take place at the same time, on 11–13 March, at the Exhibition Centre in Ķīpsala. The weekend of 12 and 13 March will also include the international pet and animal industry fair PetExpo 2022. Find out more at:

Fair opening hours:
10:00–18:00 on 11–12 March
10:00–17:00 on 13 March

Ticket prices
Entry ticket: € 3
Children under 7: free of charge

With your Latvian Book Fair 2022 ticket, you will also be able to visit the Skola 2022 fair, and, on 12–13 March, the PetExpo 2022 fair.

Parking fee: € 3