The world of books celebrates and participates in a four-day international dialogue forum at the 20th TBF

Under the Auspices of H. E. the President of the Hellenic Republic,  
Katerina Sakellaropoulou 

20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair 
May 16-19, 2024  

 

 

With 850 exhibitors, more than 1,500 Greek and foreign writers, speakers and book professionals from 40 countries participating in more than 500 events in 14 venues and stages of a total of 16,000 sq. m., the big celebration of books and reading begins in a few days at Thessaloniki, from Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 19, 2024, at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition and Congress Centre. 

This year, the Thessaloniki International Book Fair celebrates its twenty years; twenty years with books that even if they cannot change the world, they can surely make it a lot better. For twenty years, we have been sharing ideas at a big reunion, at a community of open dialogue that constantly expands. 

Have a look at some highlights of this year’s celebrational book fair from thematics, such as Women, Artificial Intelligence, the Balkans, Politics, History, Climatic crisis, Arts, and at the general Program in order to get informed about all the events of the 20th Thessaloniki International Book Fair, May 16-19 2024. 

Women in books 

From Friday to Sunday at 12 p.m., PublisHer – Women in Publishing international networking forum organizes discussions about women in the publishing sector with the participation of H. E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, Founder of PublisHer, as well as of dynamic women publishers from the Emirates and Greece, such as Eva Karaitides, Hestia Publishers and Booksellers, Annie Ragia, Melissa Publishing House, Stella Kasdagli, co-founder of Women On Top company, writer, Nopi Chatzigeorgiou, Thessaloniki International Book Fair Coordinator, Elena Pataki, Patakis Publishers, Pola Kapola, Nissos Publications, Lisa Siola, Stereoma Publications, Efi Riza, Enastron Publications, Zizi Salimpa, publisher, Kyriaki Beioglou, journalist, writer. 

On Thursday, at 8 p.m., the International University of Greece organizes a discussion on “Women in Literature”, moderated by Michalis Pitenis, journalist-writer, and with the following speakers: Dr. Ilias G. Spyridonidis, Assistant Professor of Translation and Semiotics of the Italian Grammatology, AUTH, Alexandra Ioannidou, translator, Professor, Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia and Lena Divani, writer. 

On Friday, at 12 p.m., the writers Lena Divani and Georgia Triantafyllidou, and the historian and publisher, Zizi Salimpa, will talk about the pluralistic awarded novel of Djaili Amadou Amal entitled “The impatient” (Thines Publications), which refers to the obedience of women regarding the forced marriage, polygamy and marital rape in Africa. 

At 2 p.m., we are fliping through a diary written by a whole generation about how it is like to grow up as a girl in modern Greece in “Little Dangerous” – 100 true stories by 100 brave girls (ed. Stella Kasdagli, Key Books Publications). Speakers: Stella Kasdagli, writer, Tassos Papanastasiou, headmaster of the Primary School of the American Georgian School and writer, Lora Argyropoulou, journalist and consultant of the General Secretary of Tourism. 

At 4 p.m., PEN Greece, the official branch of PEN International in Greece, in collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, present the Booklet entitled Know Her Words – Volume I, an initiative of the Women Writers Committee of PEN International for the promotion of a better way of writing of women writers from all over the world. Speakers: Sotiria Georganti, head of the Women Writers Committee of PEN Greece, lawyer, educator, Katerina Fragou, literary agent and Katerina Malakate, writer, co-owner of Booktalks bookshop, vice-president of the board of PEN Greece. 

At 9 p.m., there will be the presentation of the collective volume entitled “Her voice” (Kastaniotis Publications). Speakers: writers, members of the homonymous Women Writers Network against gender-based violence and femicides, Alexandra Mitsiali, Dimitra Kouvata, Hilda Papadimitriou and Eleni Priovolou. 

On Saturday, at 12 p.m., on the occasion of the novels “Only daughter” and “Empty wardrobes” of Guadalupe Nettel and Maria Judite de Carvalho, respectively (Ikaros Publications), we talk about the multiple forms of motherhood today as well as the institutionalized patriarchal oppression with Sofia Nikolaidou, writer, Anastasia Grigoriadou, journalist and Kyriaki Beioglou, literary critic. At 3 p.m., Georgia Diakou, Gogo Ponirakou, Sofia Gourgouliani and Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, with Vaya Kalfa as a moderator, present “Women in literature: Between and beyond genres / Between and beyond gender” (Thraka Publications). 

At 5 p.m., through the book entitled “Dowries – 5 persons in 48 acts” by Ioanna Giannakopoulou (Akyvernites Politeies Publications), we hear the life narrations of five women of the flatland of Thessaly that imply untold stories of the woman condition, but most importantly internal power and struggle. With the writer Tania Vosniadou, psychologist – psychotherapist, Vassiliki Kalea, philologist, Despina Pagioula (singing) and the actress Eleni Giannousi (reading texts). At 7 p.m., Leire Bilbao, writer, and Pilar Tena, director of Instituto Cervantes Atenas in Greece, discuss the book entitled “Water mothers” about motherhood issues, with Miguel Samothrakis as a moderator, head of Communication & Press of Instituto Cervantes Atenas in Greece, at an event organized by Vakhikon Publications and the Basque Cultural Institute. 

On Sunday, at 1 p.m., Metaixmio Publications and the French Institute of Greece and Thessaloniki present Camille Laurens, who talks with the Associate Professor of the School of Philosophy of the AUTH, Ms Eleni Chodolidou, about her awarded novel entitled “Girl”; in the novel, the writer focuses on crucial issues in relation to women’s education, the maintenance of man’s domination and the tramsmission of feminist values to the younger generations. 

At 2 p.m., there will be the presentation of the book entitled “Feminism about 99% Manifesto” (Ektos Grammis Publications) by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser regarding the new wave of combative feminism. Speakers: Maria Keki, city councilwoman of Thessaloniki, Katerina Michail, working in the cultural domain, and Valbona Chystouna, founding member of “Mother Teresa” Association of Albanian Immigrants. 

At 7 p.m, we talk about “Women pioneers of Thessaloniki in the pages of new editions” and “The woman in the short stories of Alexandros Papadiamantis” (Malliaris – Paideia Publications) with Baggelis Plakas, journalist-writer and Aggeliki Taligarou, Dr. of Philosophy (moderator: Fotis Koutsamparis, journalist). 

Artificial Intelligence 

On Friday, at 10 p.m., the International University of Greece organizes a discussion entitled “Artificial intelligence in modern libraries”. Speakers: Aristeidis Meletiou, General Directorate of Informatics and Communications of the General Secretariat of Informatic Systems of the Ministry of Digital Governance, Giannis Farsaris, Professor of Informatics and writer, Georgios Siolas, “From the other side of the machine: a trip to the country of algorithms” / Jean Aurelie, Stereoma Publications, Laboratory Teaching Staff at the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Learning Systems, National Technical University of Athens. Moderator: Eleftheria Koseoglou, Librarian, AUTH. 

At 2 p.m., the central question of the 4th issue of “Vlavi” literary magazine (Antipodes Publications) “Can artificial intelligence produce literature?” coincides with the basic thematic of this year’s TBF and is analyzed at a discussion moderated by Christos Krystallis, SKRIP bookshop and Vlavi magazine, with Ntina Sotiriadi, Ektos Grammis Publications, and Eleni Tsatsaroni, Dr. candidate of Sociology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At 4 p.m., the writer of the book entitled “Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence – A trip to the future”, Dr. Yorgos Chatzivassiliou (Dioptra Publications) talks with the Professor of Theology Christos Tsironis (AUTH) and the Director of Information of ERT3, Synthia Sapika, about the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the future of books and written language. 

At 7 p.m., at the event entitled “The printed book in the era of artificial intelligence – Prospects, Opportunities and Threats”, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Mr. Christos Dimas, talks with the publisher Yorgos Mouroutis (Athens Bookstore Publications) about the perspectives of the book market, the new law on books, the opportunities and prospects of the book sector. 

On Saturday, at 10 p.m., the Hellenic Foundation for Culture organizes a discussion entitled “Reading, Reading Literacy and digital generation”. Speakers: Katerina Chryssanthopoulou, Dr. of Education in Mass Media and Digital Literacies, AUTH, Anthi Baliou, Dr. candidate of Journalism and Mass Media, AUTH, Librarian, Senja Požar, Senior Rights Manager, Mladinska knjiga (moderator: Panagiotis Kapos, Dr. of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University – publisher). 

At 3 p.m., the Institute of Neo-Hellenic Studies presents the book of Nikos Paraskevopoulos entitled “The lenient algorithm” with Vassilis Kalfas, Aggelos Kornilakis, Dimitra Sfendoni-Mentzou. At 9 p.m., we talk about “Phenomenology and aesthetics of media & physicality in the digital era” by Ioannis Mitrou (Barbounakis Publications) with Yiannis Ktenas, Dr. of Philosophy, writer, and Ioannis Belibasakis, Associate Professor at the School of Visual and Applied Arts, AUTH. 

On Sunday, at 10 p.m., the International University of Greece organizes a discussion on “Libraries at the heart of a democratic society” with Ioannis Trochopoulos, Head of Future Library Organization, Eleni Sigou, Senior Collection Management & Development Librarian, University of Nicosia, Library & Information Centre, Cyprus, Katerina Roumelioti, Head of Europe Direct of Central Macedonia, Dafni Michailidou, Head Librarian, GBS | Library Team, UK, Damiana Koutsomicha, Head of “Dimitris & Aliki Perrotis” library, American Georgian School. Moderator: Yiannis Kessopoulos, journalist. 

The Balkans 

Focusing on the thematic axis of the Balkans, on Friday, at 2 p.m., we talk about “The Balkans from the inside and from the outside” (Thraka Publications) with Thanos Gogos, Nikolas Koutsodontis, Marija Dejanović, Denis Škofič and at 6 p.m. about the book entitled “The Constant Reconstruction of the Balkans. Depictions of Politics and Communication 1999-2004” (Epikentro Publications) by Panagiotis Paschalidis, Dr. of Communication and Mass Media of the Sorbonne University (moderator: Stavros Tzimas, journalist; speakers: the writer of the book and Kostas Katsanos, historian-diplomat and Yiannis Stefanidis, Professor of Diplomatic History, Law School of the AUTH. 

On Saturday, at 9 p.m., there will be the presentation of the book of Stavros Tzimas entitled “Secret aspects of the Macedonian Issue” (Epikentro Publications) about the background of the Prespa Agreement. Speakers: Margaritis Schinas, Vice-president of the European Commission, Dimitris Kourkoulas, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of the European Union, Petros Papasarantopoulos, Dr. of Balkan Studies, publisher, writer and the writer of the book. Moderator: Sofia Papadopoulou, journalist. 

On Sunday, at 6 p.m., Epikentro Publications present the book entitled “Balkan Worlds. The First and Last Europe” by Traian Stoianovich (moderator: Petros Papasarantopoulos; speakers: Kutay Onayli, University of Princeton and Dimitris Stamatopoulos, Professor of Balkan and Late Ottoman History at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia). 

History and Politics 

History and Politics have a strong presence in this year’s TBF. More specifically, on Thursday, at 6 p.m., there will be the presentation of the new book of Thanassis Triaridis entitled “We will take people on the trains for Auschwitz. Texts, speeches and interviews about the Holocaust (2004-2019)” (Hestia Publications). Speakers: Stavros Zouboulakis, writer, Chrisostomos Stamoulis, Professor of Theology, AUTH, and Isidoros Zourgos, writer. 

At 7 p.m., Alexandria Publications will present the book entitled “The domination in the blurry landscape of world governance” by Antonis Manitakis. Speakers: Panagiotis Glavinis, Dean of Law School, AUTH, Petros Stagos, Professor Emeritus of Law School, AUTH, Ioannis Papadopoulos, Professor at the Department of International & European Studies, University of Macedonia, Yiannis Papageorgiou, Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, AUTH. 

In the meantime, an Archaeologist, Theodoros Papakostas aka Archaeostoryteller and a Futurist, the writer Dimitris Dimitriadis talk about today (Key Books Publications). 

On Friday, at 7 p.m., on the occasion of the 50 years since the Regime Change, Alexis Papachelas talks about his new book entitled “A dark room: 1967-1974” (Metaixmio Publications) with the writer and journalist Ilias Magklinis (moderator: Stavros Tzimas, journalist). 

At 8 p.m., the Italian writer Carlo Lucarelli talks with the translator Dimitra Dotsi and the writer and translator Hilda Papadimitriou, on the occasion of his emblematic work entitled “The Trilogy of Fascism” (Dioptra Publications with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute), while, at the same time, Spyros Marketos, writer-Assistant Professor, AUTH, talks with Alexandra Ioannidou, Professor at the University of Macedonia and Aris Stylianou, Professor of Political Sciences, AUTH, and former president of the National Theatre of Northern Greece about his book entitled “At the sources of Feminism and Socialism” (Barbounakis Publications). 

Earlier, at 3 p.m., Stavros Panagiotidis presents his new book entitled “Myths, Misunderstandings and Uncomfortable Truths of the Greek History” (Kedros Publications). Speaker: Akis Sakisloglou, journalist (Theoponion.gr, paok24). 

In addition, on Friday, at 7 p.m., Signes et balises Publications and the French Institute of Thessaloniki present the book entitled “Sonderkommando. Birkeanau 1944 – Thessalonique 1947” by Marcel Nadjary, a Greek-Hebrew from Thessaloniki that was transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau, was placed at Sonderkommando and wrote an extensive letter that he buried at Birkenau; the letter was found in 1980. Speakers: Nelly Nadjary, the daughter of Marcel Nadjary, Loïc Marcou, Dr. of Neo-Hellenic Studies of Paris IV Sorbonne University and graduate of ESIT and Frangiski Abatzopoulou, historian, Professor Emeritus, AUTH. Moderator: Anne Laure Brisac, translator. 

On Saturday, at 6 p.m., Thodoros Roussopoulos, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Yorgos Mouroutis, publisher-Athens Bookstore Publications, talk about rights, democracy, gender-based violence and the regulation of legislations, while at 8 p.m. Dimitris Christopoulos, Professor of Politology, Panteion University, Makrina Viola Kosti, informatics expert-postdoctoral researcher of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Efklidis Tsakalotos, Professor of Economics and Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, parliament representative of “Nea Aristera”-writer of the book (moderator: Apostolos Lykesas, journalist) are having a conversation on the occasion of the book of Efklidis Tsakalotos entitled “The values and the value of the Left” (Kritiki Publications). 

Earlier, at 2 p.m., there will be a presentation of “The songs of the holocaust of Greek Jews” by Mariangela Chatzistamatiou (Alexandria Publications). Speakers: Yorgos Antoniou, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, AUTH, Aliki Arouh, Head of the historical archive of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Dimitris Goulis, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, School of Primary Education, AUTH, Leon Nar, writer-editor, Professor of Greek Philology at Anatolia College of Thessaloniki. Moderator: Xenia Elftheriou, scientific responsible of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Dr. of the School of Philosophy, AUTH. 

On Sunday, at 1 p.m., two of the most influential personalities of social media, Geography is so cool and The Trivialist will talk about how science became trendy through social media and how this fact led to writing successful books (Dioptra Publications). 

At 2 p.m., the writer Yorgos Skabardonis talks with the writer Sotiris Dimitriou on the occasion of the book of Dimitriou entitled “Forbidden words” (Patakis Publishers), while at 3 p.m. there will be the presentation of the collective volume edited by Stratos N. Dordanas, Vaios Kalogrias and Nikos Marantzidis entitled “Between Devotion and Suspicion. The Greek political refugees and the state security services in popular democracies (1945-1989)” (Alexandria Publications). 

Many of the events organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture also focus on History and Greek fiction, within the framework of TBF: on Friday, at 6 p.m., Nikos A. Koukis, the President of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture will moderate the presentation of the book entitled “From Greek homelands of the East to the Greek homeland – 100 years since the Asia Minor Catastrophe” (edited by Charis Meletiadis, published by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture – HFC). Speakers: Charis Meletiadis, member of the executive board of HFC, Professor of History at the Sociology Department of Panteion University, Louisa Karapidaki, member of the executive board of HFC, archaeologist – art historian, Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens, Dionysios Tselentis, member of the executive board of HFC, Greek language and literature teacher and Vassilis Vassiliadis, Assistant Professor of Neo-Hellenic Philology, AUTH. 

On Saturday, at 12 p.m., in collaboration with Onassis Foundation, there will be the presentation of the book entitled “Athanassios o Psalidas. ‘Archiou Logos’” by Eleni Kourmantzi. Moderator: Dr. Ioannis Kassidis, philologist, Greek Parliament. Welcome remarks: Nikos A. Koukis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. Speakers: Eleni Kourmantzi, visiting Professor of Neo-Hellenic Philology at “Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius” University at Veliko Tarnovo of Bulgaria, Vassilios Sabatakakis, Professor of Neo-Hellenic Studies at the University of Lund, President of the European Society of Modern Greek Studies, Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Patras, Charalampos Meletiadis, Professor of History at Panteion University, member of the executive board of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. 

At 2 p.m., the journalist Lamprini Kouzeli moderates the discussion entitled “Neo-Hellenistic studies today”. Speakers: Dimitris Tziovas, Professor of Neo-Hellenic Studies at the Center of Byzantine, Ottoman and Neo-Hellenic Studies of the University of Birmingham, Vassilis Lampropoulos, Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek, “C. P. Cavafis” Chair, Department of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, Eleni Kourmantzi and Vassilios Sabatakakis. 

At 3 p.m., Dimitris Tziovas, Sofia Iakovidou, Associate Professor of Neo-Hellenic Literature at the Democritus University of Thrace, Charis Kalaitzidis, writer and Yiannis Baskozos, director of “O Anagnostis” magazine talk about the Past and Present in the fiction of the 21st century (co-organization: O Anagnostis magazine). 

Climatic crisis 

Climatic crisis and the inevitable concerns deriving from it have surely their own place at the 20th TBF. More specifically, on Saturday, at 6 p.m., Topos Publications and the Office of Thessaloniki of the Heinrich Böll Foundation present the book entitled “The world in flames: Change the system, not the climate!” by Petros Kokkalis and Xenophon Kontiadis. The writers of the book will talk with Stelios Aggeloudis, the Mayor of Thessaloniki and Michalis Goudis, Head of the Office of Thessaloniki of Heinrich Böll Foundation. 

Earlier, at 3 p.m., there will be the presentation of the graphic novel about energy and climatic change entitled “A world without an end” by Jean-Marc Jancovici, Christophe Blain and Ed. Dargaud (Kritiki Publications) with the participation of Yiannis Zirinis, editor of the publication, Maria Logotheti, President of Climatic Change Hub (Cchub), Ambassador Consultant ad. hon. Expert (moderator: Evi Karkiti, journalist). 

Book and Arts 

In the field where the book meets the Arts, among many events, on Saturday, at 1 p.m., there is going to be an extensive presentation of the yearly publishing activity of the Thessaloniki Film Festival. Participants: Yiannis Karlopoulos, designer, design consultant of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Dimitris Fakinos, creator of the Greek Visual Communication Design Awards and director of the European Design Awards and of the European Design Festival, Virginia Christakou, designer, Panos Panagiotopoulos, printer – Future Format. Moderator: Gelly Mademli, coordinator of the publications of the Thessaloniki Film Festival. 

At 5 p.m., there will the presentation of publications and stories from the collections of MOMus. Speakers: Thouli Misirloglou, art director of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, Aggeliki Charistou, curator of Kostakis collection, MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, Xanthipi Choipel, President of the Foundation “Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art” (moderator: Kyriaki Tsolaki, journalist). On Friday, at 4 p.m., there will be a discussion about the book entitled “Looks of women in art” (Nissides Publications) with the writer Glafki Gkotsi, Efthimia Georgiadou-Kountoura, Art Historian and Lia Yioka, Associate Professor of History of Art, Department of Architecture, AUTH. 

For a comprehensive view of this year’s TBF, visit the webpage https://www.thessalonikibookfair.gr/ and have a look at the Program of all the events of the 20th TBF HERE. 

Photographs from participants at the book fair and snapshots of the events can be found HERE 

 

The Thessaloniki International Book Fair is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in cooperation with Greek publishers, TIF-HELEXPO, the Central Macedonia Region and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. It is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the 2021-2027 Regional Operational Program (ROP) of Central Macedonia. The TBF is a member of the International Book Fairs Forum and of ALDUS UP – the European Book Fairs Network. 

With the support of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.