Latvia's literary introverts head to Frankfurt, New York, Durham and Manchester

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Having conquered the London Book Fair earlier this year, the Latvian Literature team heads this week to Europe's largest book fair in Frankfurt.

Latvia's national stand is located in Hall 5.0, stand B79 and as usual will be promoting a wide range of books from highbrow heavyweights to delightful children's stories.

They also have a reputation for excellent happy hours, so if you happen to be in Frankfurt, head over to the Latvian stand and fill up on quality verbiage.

Meanwhile over in the United States there is a chance to hear Latvian poet Inga Pīzane reading her work in New York and Long Island.

For bibliophiles in the UK Latvian writer Pauls Bankovskis will be one of three writers taking part in a discussion at the Durham Book Festival. Bankovskis is an award-winning Latvian writer, whose work ranges from Latvian history to the realities of its recent Soviet past, and the possibilities for the future. His latest novel, published to general acclaim, is 18.

A day later Latvian writers Dace Rukšāne and Svens Kuzmins appear at the Manchester Literature Festival, also in the UK to talk about The Book of Riga, published by Manchester’s Comma Press, which chronicle Riga’s growth and on-going transformation, and offer glimpses into the dark humour, rich history, contrasting perspectives, and love of the mythic, that sets the city’s artistic community apart. 

You can listen to our interview with the publisher at the London Book Fair. 

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