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The European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao is back at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2018!
The EU booth is hosted with the support of the Consulates General of Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and the Italian Institue for Culture among others.
Come and learn about the European Union and our Member States from 18 to 24 of July. We will have books on European Literature, games, prizes, and even the presence of several European authors.
All the publications of the EU Office are free.
Join us in Hall 1A at booth A1-A8!!!
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Dr
Join us for a special book reding by the Consuls General of Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Poland and Italy. Each Consul General will read excerpts from masterpieces of their respective literature.
Date: 18 July
Location: Hall1A Concourse Cultural Event Stage
In this seminar, Jānis Jonevs, the Latvian winner of the 2014 edition of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), will speak about the relation between reality and fiction in European literature, his experiences with winning the Prize as well as his EUPL-winning novel ‘Doom 94’ (original: ‘Jelgava ’94), which has recently been published in English by Wrecking Ball Press (UK).
Even though Doom '94 is Jonevs' debut novel, the book quickly proved to be a big hit and bestseller in 2013. The story is set in the 1990s in the Latvian city of Jelgava and looks at the craze during this period for the alternative culture of heavy metal music. Jonevs takes the reader deep inside the world described in the novel: combining the intimate diary of a youngster trying to find himself by joining a subculture, as well as a skilful, detailed and almost documentary-like depiction of the beginnings of the second independence of Latvia. This is a story that is even more captivating for the generation that lived through the events described in the book – Jonevs is the first writer to stir up memories of this period through a fully-fledged literary depiction.
Doom'94 is a portrait of a generation in the 1990s who are searching for their own identity and are fans of alternative culture.
Since its creation in 2009, the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) aims to put the spotlight on the diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction. The Prize, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.
To mark the Prize’s 10th anniversary, the EUPL Writing Contest, a unique short fiction competition that celebrates Europe, literature and – above all – 10 years of the European Union Prize for Literature, has been organised. Exclusively open to EUPL winners, 36 of these authors from a total of 26 different countries have submitted fascinating European stories.
Date: 19 July
Time: 18:15 registration - 18:30 Seminar
Location: Meeting Rooms S428
The Organiser reserves the right to make any changes without prior notice.
About Janis Jonevs:
Jānis Joņevs is a Latvian writer. He was born in 1980 in Jelgava, Latvia. After studying at the local Gymnasium in Jelgava, he went to Riga for his higher education and earned a Master's degree from the Latvian Academy of Culture. He has worked as a literary critic and a translator. Joņevs is best known for his debut novel Jelgava'94 which was a bestseller upon its release in 2013. The book later won the EU Prize for Literature in 2014. So far, the book has been published in France, Norway, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia and the UK. He has been engaged in writing for the theatre and is currently also working on a short story collection.