The International Drama Contest "Talking about Borders"


The International Drama Contest and Festival TALKING ABOUT BORDERS is an annual event established

in 2005 for countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

For 2017/2018 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be the partner countries for both, the contest and

the festival. TALKING ABOUT BORDERS is one of the most renowned and established drama contests

in Eastern Europe. Authors in the partnering countries are invited to send in their plays, out of

which a jury of cultural professionals and experts will nominate a winner who will be given a prize of

3.500 €, a professional translation into German language, as well as a granted debut performance at

the Theater Regensburg in the season 2018/2019. Read more

Latvian publishing house Liels un Mazs has been shortlisted for the Bologna Prize


Latvian publishing house Liels un Mazs has been shortlisted for the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the year for Europe! Read more

Nora Ikstena: Soviet Milk. Book opening


Novel "Soviet Milk", written by Latvian author Nora Ikstena, has been translated to English and published by "Peirene Press". To celebrate this event, we invite everyone to a book presentation and meeting with the author on March 7 at 7pm at Robert's Books, where the book shall be in stock afterwards. Read more

New grant competition for publishers


The Latvian Writers' Union is announcing an OPEN CALL for applications for foreign publishers offering an opportunity to receive a grant for publishing and promoting Latvian literature abroad both in English and non-English speaking countries. The deadline for applications is February 5th, 2018 (23:59 East European time). Read more

THE HORSE<br>Catalogue of Latvian Writers and Illustrators of Children's Literature


The "Latvian Literature" platform has issued a large format book of fiction for children titled "The Horse" ("Zirgs"). The catalogue comprises works by 20 Latvian writers and book artists of different generations and is intended as a visual material to present contemporary Latvian illustrators and authors of children's literature to book industry professionals worldwide. A limited number of copies will be available in stores. Read more

Osvalds Zebris Receives EU Prize for Literature


Latvian Writers' Union is happy to announce that the Consortium consisting of three organizations – the European Writers' Council, the European and International Booksellers Federation and the Federation of European Publishers – has selected the winners of this year's European Union Prize for Literature. Latvian writer Osvalds Zebris is among the 12 recipients of the European Union Prize for Literature 2017. Read more

New Contest for Foreign Publishers


The Latvian Writers’ Union is announcing an OPEN CALL for applications for foreign publishers offering an opportunity to receive a grant for publishing and promoting Latvian literature abroad. This is a call for English and non-English Publishers. Read more

Inese Zandere's Books about the Adventures of Shammies Now Available for Children in Estonian and Arabic


Latvian author Ineses Zandere’s stories about Shammies, made especially vivid and unique with the wonderful illustrations by Reinis Pētersons, are loved by children in Latvia and abroad. In 2016, the first of the stories “How the Shammies Swapped” (2011, Liels un Mazs) was published in Estonia, and in 2017 “Shammies' Morning” (2015, Liels un Mazs) became available in Arabic. Read more

Latvian Poetry Published Abroad, Other Works Available in Latvian Bookstores


The number of translations of Latvian literature is growing. Liāna Langa’s collection of poems has been published in Sweden, an anthology of contemporary Latvian poetry in Germany, and Arvis Viguls’ poems have been included in “Mantis”, the American journal of poetry, criticism and translations. Translations of several Latvian classics have also been recently published in Latvia – a bilingual edition of Knuts Skujenieks’ collection “Basās zvaigznes/Босые звезды” (“Barefooted Stars”) in Latvian and Russian, and Aleksandrs Čaks “Touched by Eternity” in English. Read more

Annual Latvian Literature Award Winners Announced


The Annual Latvian Literature Award ceremony was held this Friday, 21st April 2017, in the "Daile" music hall where winners in five categories were announced and awarded, and the Special Award was given to Anita Rožkalne, and Uldis Bērziņš was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more

Nominees for The Annual Latvian Literature Award Announced


Annual Latvian Literature Award (LALIGABA) is the most important event celebrating literature in Latvia and providing professional assessment of literary works and recognition of authors for their outstanding works published in Latvia during the year. Read more

Last Year's Most Beautiful Books Receive Awards


In an award ceremony hosted by the National Library of Latvia, on 28th March, the most beautiful books published last year in Latvia were presented with the Golden Apple Tree awards (“Zelta ābele”). An award for lifetime contribution to the Latvian literature and publishing industry was given to the long-standing director of the National Library, Andris Vilks, and the artist of the year award – to Ineta Berkmane. Read more

Competition Results for Publishing Latvian Original Literary Works Abroad


On 10th of March, the Commission of experts gathered and assessed applications from foreign publishers for publishing literary works of Latvian authors abroad. The competition is financed by the State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF) and by the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Latvia. Read more

Most Read Books 2016 in Latvian Libraries


Nora Ikstena's novel "Mātes piens" (Mother's Milk), Māris Berziņš's "Svina garša" (The Taste of Lead), both published by "Dienas grāmata", as well as Māra Zālīte's "Pieci pirksti" (Five Fingers), published by "Mansards" were recognized in the original prose category by the National Library of Latvia as the most loaned books. Read more



3 – 6 April, Latvia will be participating in the international Bologna Children's Book Fair (Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi) with the national literature and publishing exhibition presenting books by Latvian authors for children and young adults, as well as works by students of the Art Academy of Latvia. Read more




From 14 till 17 June, Riga will be welcoming 11 representatives of British publishers of children's literature and poetry who will share their professional experience with Latvian authors, publishers and agents.  Read more



It is the 12th year that writers and illustrators have been nominated for the International Baltic Sea Region Jānis Baltvilks Prize in Children's Literature and Book Art, founded by the Latvian Section of IBBY, “Latvijas Bērnu un jaunatnes literatūras padome” (LBJLP). Read more

Novel "The Taste of Lead" Included Among The Best Prose Works of 2017


The novel "Svina Garša" ("The Taste of Lead") written by the Latvian author Māris Bērziņš for the "We. Latvia. The 20th Century" historical book series (published by "Dienas grāmata") and translated in English by Margita Gailītis has been included in the "Dalkey Archive Press" anthology "Best European Fiction 2017". Read more



On Friday, the 27th of January, the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania together with the bar Aleponija, would like to invite you to the event “Poetry in the Dark” where you will be able to meet the two poets; Danish Rolf Sparre Johansson and Latvian Inga Gaile. Read more



The Latvian Writers’ Union announces a new open call, offering a grant for publishing and promoting Latvian literature abroad. The competition is open for all foreign publishers wishing to publish literary works written by Latvian authors in languages other than Latvian.  Read more

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