Dreamy days for literature fans
Author: By Kate Lekishvili
Those who are great lovers of literature always look forward to the end of spring with great interest and enthusiasm. Since 1997, the end of spring marks the arrival of the Tbilisi International Book Festival (TIBF), which is Georgia’s one of the most large-scale and significant literature events.
Just like last year, the 11th pavilion at the Expo-Georgia Exhibition Center hosted the TIBF, with its grand opening taking place on May 24. While the event is traditionally attended by many, the age range of this year’s guests was extremely diverse this year.
“I love this festival,” said Lana, 35, a Tbilisi resident. “Books are selling almost at almost half of the price and I buy several books every year.”
As was the case at previous festivals, the main incentive for the book festival attendees was naturally the discounts offered on books. About 60 publishing houses participated in the festival, offering generous discounts of between 30-70% off the original price.
Interestingly, the festival’s “unofficial” component began a few days earlier, on May 22-23 when the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection hosted a literary forum-dialogue, especially organized for publishers, writers and translators.