Literature
Annual Poetry Days festival begins in Latvia
On Friday, September 2, the international poetry festival “Poetry Days 2022” begins, which will continue until September 11 with a variety of events – poetry readings, performances, masterclasses – at various venues in Rīga. Events will take place throughout Latvia all September.
National Library deletes Soviet monument from photo background
The Latvian National Library (LNB) has expressed its position on the future of the controversial Soviet monument in Uzvaras Park by photoshopping it out of publicity materials where it shows in the background, Latvian Radio reported May 17.
Annual Latvian literary awards announced
On May 1, the winners of the Latvian Literature Annual Awards 2022 (LALIGABA) in five main categories were announced and awarded on Latvian Television and LSM.lv. You can watch the awards ceremony above.
Women in publishing discussion Thursday
A livestreamed event Thursday promises an insight into women's experiences in the world of publishing, from both Latvian and Irish perspectives.  
Are you 'woke'? Not in Latvia, you're not!
Latvia's official language agency delivered another of its entertaining verdicts on what constitutes correct usage (and what doesn't) Friday, finding the terms 'woke', 'wokeism' and related words incompatible with proper literary language.
Conference to examine the legacy of writer Regīna Ezera
In early December the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia will be holding a virtual conference titled “Regīna Ezera and Eastern European Literature”.
Books and press will have reduced VAT of 5%
On Monday, November 15, the Saeima decided to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) rate from the current 12% to 5% from January 1, 2022, on books and printed press.
New stamp honors poet Poruks
A new postage stamp and envelope will be issued in honor of the 150th anniversary of the poet Jānis Poruks, Latvijas Pasts (Latvian Post) has announced.
Latvian-Estonian language award goes to Estonian linguist
On 4 September 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, as part of his working visit to Estonia, had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Eva-Maria Liimets. The Ministers presented the annual Languages Award bestowed by the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Estonia. This year, the Languages Award went to the Estonian linguist, Lembit Vaba.
'Latvian Grammar' book in English comes out
University of Latvia (LU) has recently issued a monograph on Latvian grammar in English – “Latvian Grammar”, authored by linguists Andra Kalnača and Ilze Lokmane.
Latvian translation mentorships on offer
Budding translators are currently being offered a great opportunity to gain professional experience as part of an initiative from the Latvian Literature platform. 
Annual literary prize shortlists announced
On March 30, the nominees for the Latvian Literature of the Year Award (LALIGABA) in five categories were revealed in an online Facebook session, with other special prizes also handed out.
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