Sweden's Göteborg Book Fair Goes Virtual
The Göteborg Book Fair, scheduled for September 24–27, has cancelled all live events and is going virtual. The fair will host 100 sessions for the public and professionals on its Bokmässan Play streaming channel, and an additional 50 sessions will focus on teachers, libraries and schools. A online literature festival is also being planned, with 75 events. This year's theme for the fair is Reading Promotion and Digital Culture. South Africa was scheduled to be the guest of honor at the fair and sessions will be live streamed from Cape Town and Johannesburg. A full schedule of events will be announced on August 25.
"Obviously, we and many others will miss the physical fair, but through our digital undertaking we will be able to both continue and promote the vital dialogue while providing a platform for literature even during a year like this one,” said Frida Edman, director of the Göteborg Book Fair.