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Greece Honoured at International Book Fair in Serbia   
29 October 2009 | Greece is the country of honour at the 54th edition of the International Book Fair in Belgrade, which opened on Monday and will continue until November 1.

The fair which takes places under the slogan “A Sea of Books” is the biggest festival of literature in Serbia and the country’s most frequented annual public and cultural event. It gathers together hundreds of publishers, bookstores, and distributers.

This year’s event, in honour of Greece, was opened by famed Serbian and Greek writers, Dragan Velikic and Tanasis Voltinos. Greece's ambassador to Serbia, Christos Panagopoulos, will hand an Open Book to Swedish Ambassador Kristen Bringeus, appointing Sweden as the event’s guest of honour for next year, while Serbia will be honoured at the 9th Thessaloniki International Book Fair in 2012.

Founded in 1856 by the City of Belgrade, the fair’s main goal is to expose the reading audience to new book releases from Serbia and overseas, allowing them to buy latest releases at low prices, hear popular authors speak about their work, and visit numerous related programmes.

This year, the basic concept of the event has undergone some changes, including five thematic conferences on professional publishing in Serbia; chat rooms featuring afternoon discussions between authors and attendees; and the opening of the Comic Strip Workshop, with renowned strip author Jamie Delano from the UK and locals Aleksa Gajic and Dejan Ognjanovic.

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