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Eight reasons to visit the Göteborg Book Fair

Eight reasons to visit the Göteborg Book Fair

Published: 27 Sep 2012 13:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Sep 2012 13:27 GMT+02:00

With the Göteborg Book Fair running from September 27-30, The Local offer up eight great reasons to head to Sweden's second largest city and sink your teeth into some Nordic novels.

Every autumn, the city of Gothenburg becomes flooded with literature lovers and bookworms looking to leaf through what's on offer at the annual Göteborg Book Fair.

Photo Gallery: 8 reasons to visit the Göteborg Book Fair

Starting from a modest 5,000 visitors in 1985, the fair now draws around 100,000 visitors who pour through the exhibition hall to peruse new releases, meet writers, and mingle with other like-minded literature fans at one of the nearly 1,000 exhibition tables.

This year's fair is being billed as "the most Nordic fair ever", and while there won't be a shortage of authors from Nordic and Scandinavian countries, the Göteborg Book Fair will also feature writers from a host of other countries, including Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners.

Press freedom and freedom of expression are also important themes at this year's fair, which will feature journalists who've spent time in prison and others who've been forced into exile.

Basically, there's something for everyone at the Göteborg Book Fair. But in case you still need convincing, check out The Local's list of the top eight attractions at the 2012 event.

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14:25 September 27, 2012 by Mb 65
I never go to any exhibitions, book faire's as I refuse to pay the entrance fee. you don't have to pay to get in any shop to buy what they are selling. the entrance fees are never lee than a 100 kr.
17:41 October 4, 2012 by just a question
Yes, entrance fees were expensive. If they want people to read books and go to the fairy, make discounts to unemployed people, or just don't put any entrance fee to enter a book exhibition. 200 kr. to enter a book exhibition was simply too much considering the level of poverty in Sweden right now.
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