After the official pre-opening of the book Fair last night, the book Fair is now also open for the general public. To 150,000 book lovers to be the next two weeks in Antwerp Expo expected.
Organizer Book.be is with a renewal of the book Fair busy, that by 2020 all the way around. The first concrete changes are already noticeable. So will the book Fair be stronger bets on content and the focus on the writers. The central theme this year is therefore “Word to Word”.
Book.be is also different partnerships, which are a substantive contribution. Thus, partnerships with educational institutions, and there is an exchange with the Foire du Livre de Bruxelles. “That collaboration, the visibility of our Flemish authors in a different language area increase, minister of Culture Sven Gatz.
Thrillerauteurs in the prices
The book Fair is traditionally also the scene of many literary awards. Jos Pierreux won the Hercule Poirotprijs for the best Flemish crime story with his book ” Nothing is worse than regret’. Pierreux (1957) wrote for many years, between five and seven o’clock in the morning to his construction company to leave. Since 2012, he is a building contractor and ‘professional writer’. Pierreux was already three times for the Hercule Poirotprijs nominated and can now finally write his name.
Toni Coppers got the Award for ‘The boy in the grave’ and Maja Wolny was Fred Braeckman-award for the best thrillerdebuut with ‘The Boekenmoordenaar’.
Saturday during the official opening ceremony was the Golden Book awarded a prize by the European Uitgeversvereniging for those who are meritorious made for the book trade. The prize went to Wim Helsen of the Canvas program ‘winter time’.