On Wednesday, 12 December, the Aitmatov Academy held its second annual award ceremony at Senate House, University of London. Chinghiz Aitmatov is a bilingual writer (Kyrgyz & Russian) from Kyrgyzstan whose books have become a classics of the Russian literature of the 20th century. Aitmatov Academy seeks to popularize the writer's works in English and support new artists from Central Asia.
The main autumn event of literary Russia is the Non/Fiction international book fair. Started 14 years ago as a modest display of books by independent publishers, the Non/Fiction fair has grown into a sophisticated event that includes book premieres, author readings, professional debates and the digital publishing conference, Knigabyte.
On 21st November Pushkin House based in London announced the inaugural Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, with the winner to be announced at next year’s Hay Festival. The annual award, sponsored by Waterstones, is designed to further public understanding of the Russian-speaking world, by encouraging and rewarding strong non-fiction writing on Russia, and promoting serious discussion on the issues raised.
Book trailers Contest – Book trailer Parade – has been announced in Russia. Participants are invited to create a short video that emphasises the main ideas in the selected books. Professional moviemakers, book fans and enthusiasts are all invited to participate in the contest. They are expected to make a short video, up to 2 minutes long, about any book of their choice. Video clips can be shot on a camera, mobile phone or pc tablet.
‘Literary Vienna’ is a non-profit event aiming to network Russian writers living in different parts of the globe. It also strives to support Russian language and Russian culture outside Russia.
Held as a part of the 'Literary Vienna' Festival, the International literary competition is becoming more prestigious with every passing year.
The Serbian publisher Informatika has just released a translated edition of the Everyday Saints and other Stories by Archimandrite Tikhon. According to pravoslavie.ru web site translation was conducted by prominent Serbian translators.
The book was presented at the Russian books stand during the International book fair in Belgrade between 21st October and 28 October, 2012.
After the success of Russia – Market Focus at London Book Fair 2011, Russian literature is coming to BookExpo 2012.
BEA’s Global Market Forum Read Russia – a one-day conference on Monday, June 4, 2012 - offers an exciting and broad publishing agenda that will introduce, inform and ignite interest in Russian publishing. Expert speakers, including the CEOs of the largest Russian publishers and distributors, will share their knowledge and insight on everything Russian, with sessions focused on writing and translation, educational and digital publishing, intellectual properties and copyright issues.
Kazakhstan writers Ilya Odegov and Zair Assim are among the candidtes for on of this prestigious literature awards. Ilya Odegov, prose-writer is contesting for Short prosenomination award. He is participating with two stories: Any Love and Purusha. Kazakhstan poet Zair Assim is nominated in Poetry category with a selection of poems The Language of Silence.