Over 400 publishing houses, book trading organizations, book shops, libraries, private entrepreneurs announced their desire to participate in the XIV national book fair "Forum of Publishers", which will be held in Lviv (West Ukraine) in mid September. Some 100 Ukrainian and 35 foreign authors will arrive at the conference, forum organizers told the press conference to this end, Cabinet’s press office reports.

Because of the big number of participants in the forum many publishers will present their books not only in the biggest exhibition hall of Lviv, the Palace of Arts, but also at outside stands under open sky. The program of the forum provides for 130 events: presentations, readings, conferences, roundtables. The competition 2007 Forum Book, the second International Literature Festival, the sixth Festival of Juvenile Reading "Knigomania", be attended by some 100 best writers of Ukraine", will also be held during the forum.

Among the forum's guests there will be Peter Weidhaas, who had been director of the Frankfurt International Book Fair.

The publishers' forum in Lviv is one of main events in Ukraine's book publishing, it traditionally gathers book branch representatives, Ukrainian and foreign writers, readers and media people. In 2006 as many as 578 participants applied for taking part in the forum and 328 books of 91 publishing houses applied for the Best Book of the Forum.

During the last five years publishing Ukrainian books has grown by 40%. The year of 2007 was announced by President Yushchenko the Year of Ukrainian Book.


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