«Book in Latvia» exhibition showcases world of Latvian letters

On August 29 the Latvian National Library (LNB) unveils the "Book in Latvia" exhibition on the history of Latvian book trade, placed within a context of the bibliography of the world. It offers visitors a chance to touch, smell and even taste some books, LNB representative Inga Surgunte told LTV.

It features four sections, with one dedicated to the history of book trade showing high-impact books printed in Latvia and in Latvian language.

"The 'Senses' [section of the exhibition] explores our physical experience of a book, so visitors will have the chance to feel, hear, see and even taste them. 'Power' is related to that we read books alone, but they still influence the whole society and country. 'Spirit' explores the spiritual and soulful aspects of our contact with books, the new worlds which books open up," said Surgunte.

The exhibition consists of over 100 books from the Middle Ages to the modern times, and Latvian Radio recently broadcast a strand about six special books from six centuries, available here on LSM. 

The exhibition will be unveiled Monday at 6 PM following a discussion over the future of books.

"Book in Latvia" will be open during working hours of the library, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. (These are valid until August 31. LNB returns to its normal schedule afterwards.)

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