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May 2017 Literary Festivals, Book Fairs, and Book Releases

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on May 5, 2017

Literary Festivals

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The Palestine Festival of Literature 2017

Start Date: 13 May, 2017
End Date: 18 May, 2017


The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) was established in 2008 with the aim of showcasing and supporting cultural life in Palestine, breaking the cultural siege imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli military occupation, and strengthening cultural links between Palestine and the rest of the world. Over the past ten years, PalFest has hosted some 200 authors and industry professionals from around the world. PalFest is a traveling festival. 

Because Palestinians’ freedom of movement is restricted by the Israeli occupation, the festival crosses military checkpoints to reach its audiences. By day, the international participants meet with artists, authors and activists and take part in politico­-historical tours that bring them face to face with the physical realities of life under occupation. By night, they take the stage alongside their Palestinian counterparts for a series of readings, performances, discussions and music. All events are free and open to the public.


Book Fairs

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Tehran International Book Fair
Tehran, Iran
Start Date: May 3, 2017
End Date: May 13, 2017

Tehran International Book Fair is staged in Tehran early in May on an annual basis. The cultural event has turned into a landmark, momentous book fair in Middle East and Asia after 29 editions in a row. Millions of visitors inspect the fair every year, including thousands of university students, scholars and their families. The event currently serves as the most significant cultural event in Iran.


Nigeria International Book Fair
Lagos, Nigeria
Start Date: May 8, 2017
End Date: May 13, 2017

The Nigeria International Book Fair aims to improve the reading culture in Nigeria, bring books closer to the people for better education and self-improvement, and inculcate in the younger generation of Nigerians, necessary readership and authorship skills for a wholesome book society.


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Thessaloniki Book Fair
Thessaloniki, Greece
Start Date: May 11, 2017
End Date: May 14, 2017

The Thessaloniki Book Fair opened in May 2004 and set a new objective: to place Greece on the map of the international book fairs by creating a new keystone of cultural and commercial exchanges in the field of global publishing production. A new perspective for the Greek book was born in Thessaloniki, the heart of the Balkans, the crossroad of the West and the East.


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Book World Prague 2017
Prague, Czech Republic
Start Date: May 11, 2017
End Date: May 14, 2017

The Book World Prague fair is organized by a company of the same name that was established by our Association. It is the largest event for books in the Czech Republic – a kind of signboard for the Czech book market. 


Book Releases 

May 2, 2017 | Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

May 2, 2017 | Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin

May 3, 2017 | The Lost Neruda by Pablo Neruda

May 4, 2017 | Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

May 9, 2017 | House of Names by Colin Tóibín

May 9, 2017 | Nature Poem by Tommy Pico

May 9, 2017 | Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

May 11, 2017 | New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

May 23, 2017 | Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

May 30, 2017 | Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris  

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