14th Thessaloniki International Book Fair

11-14 May 2017 TIF – HELEXPO, PAVILIONS 13 & 15


This year’s 14th Book Fair focuses on the European South in literature, culture, history and politics. Within the framework of the “Quest of the South”, many renowned writers are expected to visit the city of Thessaloniki. The programme of the Thessaloniki Book Fair includes four thematic axes. The work of the great Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, the hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution, the Refugee Issue and the Cultural Year Greece-China 2017. The programme also includes the New Writers’ Festival and the Translation Festival that have been particularly successful in the past few years, while the Children’s Corner, the favourite spot of children and adults, will welcome talented authors from Italy, France and Germany.

The programme of the 14th Thessaloniki Book Fair

The Quest of the South*
Literature, Culture, History and Politics in Europe of the Mediterranean

This year’s Book Fair focuses on the European South, an undivided landscape regarding literature, tradition, social structure, politics and the economic perception of today’s world. A landscape of affinities and controversies, of common history and parallel narratives. The TBF aspires to explore identity issues, common literary places and to bring out the urgent need for a dialogue among the countries of the European South in the particularly volatile international environment of our time (*Title of the poems’ anthology edited by Natalia Karayianni, “La Búsqueda del Sur”).

Thematic events

“I follow my deep heartbeat …”*
60 years since the death of Nikos Kazantzakis

On the occasion of the completion of 60 years since the death of Nikos Kazantzakis, the TBF honours the memory of our great writer with a series of events, readings and discussions. The work of Nikos Kazantzakis is still being read and translated and it inspires readers throughout the world (From “The Saviours of God” of Nikos Kazantzakis).

“From a northern October and hither”*
100 years since the October Revolution

Discussions, exhibitions and events for the completion of 100 years since the Revolution of 1917 that shocked the world and for the wider Greek and international historic environment of that time as well as for the revolution as a more general phenomenon of a quest for the social change in History (*From the poem “Genealogy of machine guns” («Γενεαλογικό των μυδραλίων») of Hector Kaknavatos).

Sharing books – Sharing homelands*
The Refugee Issue: workshops, actions, events

The TBF in collaboration with the “Network for Children’s Rights” has planned a series of actions, experiential workshops and book presentations for children and adults, focusing on the life, the voice, the needs and the contribution of refugees to our country. The books give us the opportunity to share the language and the hope – and along with them everything we love and long for (*Title of action of the Network for Children’s Rights).

Encounters on the Silk Roads
Events for the Cultural Year Greece-China 2017

The TBF takes part in the common actions and the festive events for the Cultural Year Greece-China 2017 by using the book as a bridge that connects two ancient civilizations. The events that will take place during the Book Fair are aimed at promoting the similarities of the past and the need for strengthening the cultural relations between the two countries through cooperation and exchange.

Foreign writers at TBF
Within the framework of the “Quest of the South” tribute, renowned foreign writers from the countries of South Europe are expected to visit the TBF. The Hellenic Foundation for Culture has a firm belief that the international character of the Book Fair must be enhanced and expanded. With the decisive participation of the foreign cultural institutes in Greece, such as the French Institute, the Italian Institute and Goethe Institute and the support of the Greek publishers (we indicatively mention Kalentis, Kastaniotis, Kelefthos, Nefeli, Metaixmio, Patakis, Polis, Stereoma).

New Writers’ Festival
A two-day festival organized for the fourth consecutive year and connecting the public with the dynamic new generation of Greek writers. The diverse expressions of the poetic, the novel, the short story and their hybrids are presented and promoted through a series of discussions, interviews and readings with the writers themselves and other men and women of letters.

Translation Festival
The Translation Festival takes place for the second consecutive year and addresses professionals and the public. The programme includes discussions and book presentations corresponding to the basic thematic axes of the Book Fair as well as to the concerns and issues that translators of our time face. The Festival is organized in cooperation with universities and translators’ associations.

Children’s Corner
This year’s programme of the favourite corner of children, teenagers and educators includes more than 70 events, such as book presentations, experiential workshops, speeches and discussions around issues concerning parents and children with the participation of writers, illustrators, animators, artists and pedagogues.
Within the framework of the central tribute entitled “The Quest of the South”, there will be a collective exhibition of illustrators entitled “The Suns” with the participation of some of our most distinguished illustrators. During the Fair, there will be a Readers’ Corner entitled “In the Countries of the Sun” with books from the countries of the European South and Greek books having as a main theme the sun.

Foreign writers in TBF’s Children’s Corner
With the support of the French and Italian Institute as well as of the Greek publishers, prominent writers and illustrators will visit TBF and will have the opportunity to meet young and adult readers in the hospitable Children’s Corner.