Opening hours

28 - 29 February
10.00–18.00

1 March
10.00–17.00

Full admission ticket – 3 €

For pensioners, students, pupils, disabled – 1 €

Children under 7 – free of charge

Visitors of “Skola 2020” – free of charge

Parking – 4 €

How to find us


City Centre to Ķīpsala:
Trolleybuses 5, 9, 12, 25
Buses 13, 30, 37, 41, 53, 57
Minibuses 236, 237, 241
Night bus N4

Ķīpsala to City Centre:
Trolleybuses 5, 12, 25
Buses 13, 30, 37, 41, 53, 57
Minibuses 236, 237, 241
Night bus N4

Baltic TAXI, telephone: 8500

Distance to:
Old Town: 1 km – 5 minutes drive http://www.riga.lv

Airport: 10 km – 10 minute drive http://www.riga-airport.com

Railway Terminal: 3 km – 5 minutes drive http://www.ldz.lv

Bus Station: 3 km – 5 minutes drive http://www.autoosta.lv

Passenger Port: 1 km – 5 minutes drive http://www.tallink.lv

Events programme


GRAND STAGE

Friday, 28 February
12.00 Presentation of the book “Rīga no mākslinieka lidojuma” (Riga From an Artist’s Eye View)
Held by Aminori publishing house
13.00 Formal opening of the “Latvian Book Fair 2020”
13.30 Instead of subtext, look for conTEXT! Meeting with the creator of the Latvian Writers Union’s monthly magazine, “konTEKSTS”, Egīls Venters
Poetry performance by the young authors of the section “Laboratorija”, together with the band “Zem segas”
Held by the team of “KonTEKSTS”
14.00 Meeting with professor Anatolijs Danilāns and traveller Pēteris Strubergs, authors of the book “Dakteri un šamaņi” (Doctors and Shamans)
Just as in the book, during the meeting both gentlemen will engage in a dialogue about traditional and non-traditional medicine, scientific treatment methods and folk healing
Held by Jumava publishing house
15.00 Dialogue between the West and the East. Meeting with the Honorary Consul of Latvia in the Hamburg region Senator h.c. Dr. Sabine Sommerkamp-Homann, who will share her insight as a Westerner about the Eastern pride in Mt. Fuji, which the author has described in tankas and captured in photographs. Conversation with the Honorary Consul moderated by Juris Visockis
Held by Jumava publishing house
16.00 Meeting with Andriy Lyubka, Olexandr Krasovitsky and Roman Zinenko, Ukrainian writers and representatives of the stand “Ukrainian Book”
Moderator: writer and journalist Oleg Kudrin
The programme includes: book presentation and discussion
Held by the Latvia-Ukraine Cultural Centre
17.00 Introduction to Ukrainian publishers, participants of the stand “Ukrainian Book”: presentations by “Folio”, “Ranok” and the creative agency “Green Penguin”.
Discussion on the market trends and perspectives in the book publishing field in Ukraine, cooperation with foreign publishers, exchange of experience.
Moderator: writer and journalist Oleg Kudrin

Held by the Latvia-Ukraine Cultural Centre
Saturday, 29 February
11.00 “Sirds cilvēks Romans Lācis” (Romans Lācis, a Person of the Heart)
Conversation between Lia Guļevska, journalist and author of the book, and prof. Romans Lācis, cardiac surgeon and protagonist of the book
Held by Jumava publishing house
12.00 Opening of the book “Melnbaltās dziesmas. Latviešu estrādes mūzikas vēsture” (Black and White Songs. History of Latvian Popular Music) by Daiga Mazvērsīte
Held by Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
13.00 Opening of the book “Latviešu dziedināšanas tradīcija” (Latvian Healing Traditions) by Ieva Ančevska
Held by Zinātne publishing house
14.00 Conversation with writer Nora Ikstena about and together with the characters of the conversation book “Runādamies” (Talking)
Held by Latvijas Mediji publishing house
15.00 Opening of the story collection “Bēres ar priekšapmaksu” (Pre-Paid Funeral) by the Baltic Assembly Prize winner Aivars Kļavis
Held by Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
16.00 Presentation of the book “Latvijas dabas brīnumi” (Natural Wonders of Latvia)
The story of the marvellous natural phenomenona in Latvia by the legendary explorer and discoverer Guntis Eniņš
Held by Latvijas Mediji publishing house
17.00 Man and woman according to the Vedic worldview. Meeting with the bearer of ideas of the Vedic philosophy, Uģis Kuģis, and conversation about his first book “Pāris” (The Couple).
Interactive discussion about what it means to be a man and a woman and the relationship between a man and a woman
Held by Jumava publishing house
Sunday, 1 March
11.00 “Dvēseļu putenis” (Blizzard of Souls) in the novel by Aleksandrs Grīns and the film by Dzintars Dreibergs. Meeting with the creative team of the film.
Stories, experiences and questions
Held by Jumava publishing house
12.00 Opening of the book “Zaļais gredzens. Neticami stāsti gandrīz pieaugušajiem” (The Green Ring. Unbelievable Stories for Almost Grown-Ups) by Valdis Rūmnieks
Held by Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
13.00 What to tell children about historic events
Conversation with Lithuanian author Jurga Vilė and artist Lina Itagaki, authors of the book “Sibīrijas haika” (Siberian Haiku)
Held by Liels un mazs publishing house
14.00 Launch of the book “Bāreņu atgriešanās. 1941. gadā aizvesto bērnu pārvešana no Sibīrijas uz dzimteni (1946–1947). Dokumenti un atmiņas” (The Return of the Orphans. Bringing the Children Taken to Siberia in 1941 Back to Their Homeland (1946–1947). Documents and Memories) by Jānis Riekstiņš
Held by the University of Latvia Press
15.00 Opening of the novel “MĒMAIS” (MUTE) by Dace Judina and Arturs Nīmanis, followed by a discussion on collective silence and individual responsibility
Participants in the discussion: the authors of the book, literary scholar Evija Veide, forensic clinical psychologist Ilze Veitnere, sociologist Aivis Biķernieks, psychodrama specialist Gundega Kozlova, historian Arvo Karelsons, book blogger Meldra Gailāne, literary connoisseur and teacher Ruta Skrebele, and film director Brigita Eglīte
Held by Latvijas Mediji



PRINTING HOUSE JELGAVAS TIPOGRĀFIJA

WELCOMES YOU TO WRITER’S LOUNGE

Friday, 28 February
11.30 Welcome by printing house JELGAVAS TIPOGRĀFIJA
12.15 Panel discussion “Grāmata vs televizors. Informācijas kaujas” (Book vs TV. Information Battles) of unions “Latvijas PEN” and “Ukrainas PEN” Information Battles. Does the future belong to those who read?
Participants: poet Inga Gaile, publicist Ilmārs Šlāpins, poet Aivars Eipurs and Riga-born Ukrainian poet Andriy Lyubka
Held by the Latvia-Ukraine Cultural Centre
13.00 The new book by Ilze Trumpe “Tev viņa patiks” (You Will Like Her) – an illustrated story for adults. Conversation with the author.
Held by Mansards publishing house
14.00 The extra-valuable extroverts from Kurzeme
Writers introducing the unique literary developments in the Kurzeme region: Jana Egle, Guna Roze, Rolanda Bula, Gunta Šnipke, Ligita Paegle, Inta Svaža, Gunita Lagzdiņa, Nella no Krotes, etc.
Held by “Tukuma literātu apvienība” (Writers Association of Tukums)
15.00 Anna Kuzina’s “Rūdolfa Blaumaņa valodas vārdnīca” (Vocabulary of Rūdolfs Blaumanis) – opening of the book, conversation with the author
Held by Madris publishing house
16.00 Conversation with Jana Egle, writer and recipient of the Annual Latvian Literature Award, about her latest story collection “Dzimšanas diena” (Birthday).
Held by Latvijas Mediji publishing house
17.00 Launch of the books “Krusta karu atklājumi” (Discoveries of the Crusades) by Arvīds Deģis and Agris Dzenis and “Latviešu pašcieņa un Latvijas egregors” (Latvian Dignity and the Egregore of Latvia) by Arvīds Deģis
Held by Slepenie aģenti
Saturday, 29 February
11.00 Direct broadcast of the Latvian Radio show “Kultūras rondo” (Culture Rondo) from the “Latvian Book Fair 2020”
The “Grāmatizdevēju draugs” (The Book Publishers' Friend) award ceremony
12.00 Introduction to Katri Lipson, Finnish writer and winner of the European Union Prize for Literature
Held by Jānis Roze publishing house
13.00 Opening of the book “Vilcēni” (Wolf Cubs) by Andra Manfelde, and a meeting with the author
Held by Dienas Grāmata publishing house
14.00 An Estonian in Latvian shoes, and bugs in the airport
Enjoying language in poetry – a new language created by Latvian, Finnish and Estonian poets. Opening and reading of a poetry collection by Heli Laaksonen and Contra, introduction to the literary work of Kairi Look.
Held by Pētergailis
15.00 The interaction between the ordinary and the imaginary. Renāte Punka talks to Reeli Reinaus and Dāvids Vikmanis, with the participation of translator Maima Grīnberga
Held by Jānis Roze publishing house
16.00 Opening of the story collection “Aukstākā ziema simt piecdesmit gados” (The Coldest Winter in 150 Years) by Baiba Zīle
Held by Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
17.00 Meeting with Norman Ohler, German writer and author of “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany”
Held by Helios publishing house
Sunday, 1 March
11.00 Presentation of “Sensei of Shambala”, the first book by the world-famous Ukrainian writer Anastasia Novykh to be published in Latvian
Held by ALLATRA International Public Movement
12.00 Meeting with Juris Kronbergs, author of “Dzejoļu izlase. Selected poems”, and translator Māra Rozīte
Held by Dienas Grāmata publishing house
13.00 Beatrise Reidzāne “Dabas tēls Vilks latvju dainās” (Nature Character Wolf in Latvian Dainas (Folksongs))
Held by Zinātne publishing house
14.00 Presentation „Livonijas slazdā“ (Trapped in Livonia) by Miks Zandis.
The editor of Kontinents publishing house Liene Akmens and associated professor Dr. hist. Andris Šnē will introduce the novel and give their views on its content and significance in modern literature.
Held by Kontinents publishing house
15.00 Opening of the book “Olimpiskās dienasgrāmatas. Vasara. Ziema” (The Olympic Diaries. Summer. Winter) by Arturs Vaiders
Held by the Arturs Vaiders Foundation in cooperation with SIA Jānis Roze



THE FUN READING ROOM

Friday, 28 February
12.15 Conversations about books that teach us to be responsible
Lurda invites children to play a literature game about writers and literary works that teach us to be responsible towards our four-legged friends.
Held by the Labo un radošo darbu apvienība “Lurda” (Association of the good and creative work)
13.15 Conversations about books that teach us to be responsible
Lurda invites children to play a literature game about writers and literary works that teach us to be responsible towards our four-legged friends.
Held by the Labo un radošo darbu apvienība “Lurda” (Association of the good and creative work)
14.15 Presentation of the book “The Family Virtues Guide”
Held by Rīgas Bahai ticības draudze (Riga Parish of the Baháʼí Faith)
15.15 Meeting with the famous book hero Chow-Chow breed dog Rafi and his owner – writer Vita Štelmahere
Stories about book writing, new projects, photos and pawed autographs
Held by Jumava publishing house
Saturday, 29 February
11.15 Graffiti workshop for children – getting to know “Grafiti noslēpums” (The Secret of Graffiti), the new book by Lelde Braķe-Claverie and Nils Claverie
A story about the urban art of Riga and a fantastic opportunity to create and draw one’s own graffiti image
Held by Sapņu spalva publishing house
12.15 Musical presentation “Lai skan muzikālā mozaīka!” (Hear the musical mosaic!) of the latest edition of sheet music by Musica Baltica publishing house
Held by Musica Baltica publishing house
13.15–15.15 Gathering for Harry Potter fans
Held by Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
15.15 Little dragon Kokosnuss (Coconut) – a character beloved by the youngest readers. Launch of the 13th story
Together with the children, Coconut will remember the stories they already know and involve them in various fun activities
Held by Janis Roze publishing house
16.15 Kairi Looka. The Airport Bugs Fight On.
Kairi Looka, Estonian writer residing in Paris and Amsterdam, Guntars Godiņš and Inese Paklone discuss bugs, cockroaches and fleas in the airport VIP area.
Held by Pētergailis publishing house
Sunday, 1 March
11.15 Play “Tuntuļu Jurītis" by Latvia Puppet Theatre
Held by Latvia Puppet Theatre
13.15 Where is the Latvian Cultural Canon hidden?
Held by the National Library of Latvia
14.15 The nice nonsense
The extra-valuable extrovert writers from Kurzeme will teach mums, dads and children some fun activities that involve books as the only “toys”
Held by “Tukuma literātu apvienība” (Writers Association of Tukums)
15.15 Presentation of the book “Grāmata-ceļojums. Ukraina” (Book-journey. Ukraine)
Screening of the animated film Grāmata-ceļojums. Ukraina” (Book-journey. Ukraine) (in the Ukrainian language) The most active members of the audience will have the opportunity to obtain the book.
Held by the Latvia-Ukraine Cultural Centre

PARTICIPANT ACTIVITIES AT THE STANDS

Friday, 28 February
12.00–13.00 Presentation of the book “Puika, kurš redzēja tumsā” (The Boy Who Saw in the Dark) by Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce, autographs
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
13.00–14.00 Launch of the novel “Sestā sieva” (The Sixth Wife) by Inga Grencberga, and the first day of sales
Autographs, conversations
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
14.00–15.00 Psychotherapists Diāna Zande and Juris Sērmukšs introduce their most recent publication “Parunāsim par seksu un seksualitāti” (Let’s talk about sex and sexuality)
Both the married and the single are welcome
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
15.00–16.00 Discoveries and revelations of men for their readers
Dzintars Tilaks and Arno Jundze meet by the book stack. Competitions and prizes await you!
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
16.00–17.00 Documentary anatomy of survival in “Alliance against cancer"
Presented by journalists and publicists Maija Pohodņeva and Modris Pelsis, authors of thrillers
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
Throughout the day Opportunity to meet representatives of Miranda summer camp for Harry Potter fans and take photos with props
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
Throughout the day Try e-books! Opportunity to gain practical insights about the e-BOOK library
Latvijas Bibliotekāru biedrības ekspozīcijā
Saturday, 29 February
10.00–11.00 Masks and snacks with Evija Gulbe and Linda Lošina, creators of Koko and Riko
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
11.00–12.00 Launch of “Guidebook of Socializing for Latvians” by Elīna Barreta
Every introverted Latvian is welcome
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
11.00–13.00 Meeting the beloved children’s writer Juris Zvirgzdiņš
The writer will sign autographs and introduce his latest book “Rasas vasara” (Dew’s summer)
At the stand of Pētergailis publishing house
12.00–13.30 Forecast salon by the magazine “Spīgana” and astrologer Aija Austruma
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
13.00–14.00 From black-and-white notes to colourful destinies
Musicologist and journalist Daiga Mazvērsīte introduces the new book “Melnbaltās dziesmas” (Black and White Songs). Conversations and autographs
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
13.00–15.00 Meet the engaging book character – the little dragon Coconut!
At the stand of Jānis Roze publishing house
13.30–15.00 Consultations on the management of personal finances by Alīna Voronova, author of the book “Naudas enerģija” (The Energy of Money)
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
14.00–15.00 A joyful meeting in person with writer Inguna Bauere to discuss mysteries of the past in today’s contexts
Reading of excerpts, questions and answers about everything worth knowing
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
15.00–16.00 Autographs by Nora Ikstena
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
16.00–17.00 Aivars Kļavis
Conversations and autographs
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
17.00–18.00 Writer Baiba Zīle, artist Māris Bišofs
Autographs, conversations
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
17.00–18.00 Autographs by Guntis Eniņš
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
Throughout the day Opportunity to meet representatives of Miranda summer camp for Harry Potter fans and take photos with props
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
Throughout the day Try e-books! Opportunity to gain practical insights about the e-BOOK library
At the stand of the Library Association of Latvia
Sunday, 1 March
10.00–11.00 Artist Agija Staka draws and tells stories
to both children and adults
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
11.00–12.00 Women’s novels: whom are they for and why, and what are they about?
Discussion between the well-known journalists and authors of the novel “Savu komētu nedzird” (You Cannot Hear Your Comet), Inga Gorbunova and Dana Sinkeviča
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
12.00–13.00 Rolanda Bula and the secrets behind crime investigation: advice of a practitioner and writer to beginners and readers
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
13.00–14.00 Valdis Rūmnieks
Conversations and autographs
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
13.00–14.00 Lelde Kovaļova and the successful debut of a detective novel: how to achieve it?
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
14.00–15.00 Svetlana Amberga and the behind-the-scenes creation of a detective novel on cyber security: should we trust technology?
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
16.00–17.00 Autographs by Dace Judina and Arturs Nīmanis
At the Latvijas Mediji stand
Throughout the day Opportunity to meet representatives of Miranda summer camp for Harry Potter fans and take photos with props
At the stand of Zvaigzne ABC publishing house
Throughout the day Try e-books! Opportunity to gain practical insights about the e-BOOK library
Latvijas Bibliotekāru biedrības ekspozīcijā

International conference “GRĀMATA UN… VEIDOTĀJS, GLABĀTĀJS, LASĪTĀJS” (THE BOOK AND... THE CREATOR, THE KEEPER, THE READER)
Seminar room 2

Friday, 28 February
11.40–12.00 Registration
12.00 Opening remarks: Renāte Punka, President of the Latvian Publishers’ Association
12.05–13.00 What the form tells you about the content. The latest book design trends in the Baltic States. Expert discussion following the Baltic competition of book design.
Indrek Sirkel (Estonia), Jolanta Mikulskyté (Lithuania), Ruta Svaža (Latvia)
13.00–14.00 The success story of “3td e-GRĀMATU bibliotēka” (3td eBOOK Library) – benefits for readers, publishers, writers
Discussion about the ebook reading platform “3td e-GRĀMATU bibliotēka”. Participants: Linda Langenfelde (Ministry of Culture), Aldis Liepa (Culture Information Systems Centre), Kristīne Pastare-Skutele (Zvaigzne ABC), Jānis Oga (Mansards), Evija Veide (Latvijas Mediji), Māra Jēkabsone and Olga Kronberga (Library Association of Latvia)
14.00–14.20 Coffee break
14.20-15.10 The National Month of Reading Together in Slovenia
Petra Potočnik, Cultural associate professional, Slovenian Reading Badge Society
15.10–16.00 Read for a better life. The project “Reading for Life” and its impact on reading habits in the Åland Islands and across Scandinavia
Elspeth Randelin, school librarian in Ytternäs, project coordinator
16.00–16.50 The school that reads. Good practices for improving literacy in Helsinki
Petter Wallenius, Pamela Lindeback, teachers in “Grundskolan Norsen”
17.15–17.30 Summary


Uzvediba.lv workshops

Friday, 28 February
10.30 Workshop “Abuse against the teacher in the classroom. Who suffers and why?”
12.30 Workshop “Meetings and public events. How do you organise and disorganise them?”
14.30 Workshop “Emotional abuse in the workplace”

Saturday, 29 February
10.30 Workshop “How do you motivate unmotivated children?”
12.30 Workshop “I won’t be friends with you! How do you help a child shunned by the group?”
14.30 Workshop “Brothers and sisters. Love and hate. Ideas for friendly survival”

Sunday, 1 March
10.30 Workshop “A monster under the bed and other creatures! How do you help a baby to cope with anxiety and fear?”
12.30 Workshop “A screaming, biting and kicking baby. How do you survive?”
14.30 Workshop “How do you understand behavioural problems in preschool? Sensory behaviour”