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 “In Search 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.


In Search 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”).

“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).