Open Central Asia Book Forum and Literature Festival 2012

On the 24th and 25th of November 2012, in Bishkek, the British companies, Silk Road Media and Hertfordshire Press publishing house, will hold the Open Central Asia Book Forum – the first international forum and festival to concentrate attention on the development of literature and the book publishing industry in Central Asia. The unique feature of this forum is that it will unite not only representatives of book publishing companies and book authors, but those for whom books are being published – readers, libraries, different educational institutions and so on.

The forum will aim at promotion of Central Asian authors abroad and integration of international educational literature into the regional educational system.

The festival will include book readings, presentations of forum participants’ books, master classes on poetry, prose and literary translation and speed-reading. There will also be meetings with international publishers, round tables that will discuss topics such as book publishing and translating challenges and the development of modern literature.

 The festival is useful for 3 categories of participants: First, for internationals – an opportunity to communicate with each other, visit new places, meet new people, discuss their work and experience. Secondly, for local authors – an opportunity to promote themselves, talk with readers, gain international experience and participate in the literature contest. And the third group are readers for whom the festival will be a rare opportunity to feast their eyes on works of both known and new authors from Central Asia and abroad.

Within the framework of the Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival, a literature contest in 3 nominated categories will take place. The categories will be: “Literary work”, “Literary translation” and “Illustration”. Authors, translators and illustrators from Central Asia are invited to take part in it. The winner will be declared as the “First Degree Laureate” and his or her book will be published by Hertfordshire Press. The best author will also participate in the London Book Fair 2013.

We will be glad to see you among the participants of Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival. You can get more detailed information as well as get registered for the event at our website The brochure can also be sent upon your request via e-mail (please, send it to

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