The 16th TBF was held from May 9 to May 12, 2019 at the premises of the International Exhibition and Congress Center of Thessaloniki (TIF-Helexpo), having the “Spanish Speaking World” as its Guest of Honor and “The Crowd as a Protagonist in Literature and History” as its main topic.
An impressive array of Greek and foreign writers, who came from at least 20 countries, such as László Krasznahorkai, Éric Vuillard, Jorge Galán, Aslı Erdoğan, Clare Mackintosh, Santiago Gamboa, Dulce Maria Cardoso, José Luís Peixoto etc., participated in nearly all the events of the TBF thematic areas, giving to their readers and the general public the chance to meet and talk to them.
Revolving around various thematic areas, such as Literary Meetings, the New Writers’ Festival, the Translation Festival, seminars, workshops, talks, round tables, professional meetings, the Literary Cafè, screenings, performative and theatrical acts, the Children, the Teenagers and the Teachers’ Corner, the Thessaloniki International Book Fair managed once again to contribute to the consolidation of a spirit of democratic dialogue without hesitating to raise issues and questions that determine our present and future and are outside the sphere of easy consensus.
The 16th TBF in Numbers
Having achieved a record number of visitors, events and participants, curtain came down on the 16th Thessaloniki Book Fair, which is estimated to have been visited by 60,000 people throughout its four days (May 9-13, 2020). This figure was higher by 10,000 compared to the number of visitors of the previous year and exceeded considerably the number of visitors of all past years. The book fair developed a manifold program, which involved 500 events with 900 participants. The majority of the events were organized by 290 publishers. The events organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture put the spotlight on cutting-edge issues and questions that gave way to discussions and triggered possibilities of cooperation between writers and professionals of the book industry from all over the world.
The Crowd as a Protagonist in Literature and History
Literature and Memory
Gender and Literary Performance
Imagine All the People: A Tribute to the Refugee Experience
4th Translation Festival
6th New Writers’ Festival
Children and Teenagers’ Corner