The capacity of the Ostrov House of Culture, where the fair will take place on October 6 and 7, is almost full. The sales fair with an accompanying program, including book launches and meetings with authors, is being held this year under the slogan: After the war at six o’clock in the evening. According to the director of the fair, Markéta Hejkalova, it is an expression of solidarity with Ukraine attacked by Russia and a reminder of Jaroslav Hašek. This year marks 100 years since his death and 140 years since his birth. The quote comes from his Fates of the Good Soldier Švejk.
“The quote is well-known, but not everyone knows which character from The Fates of the Good Soldier Švejk said this sentence – that’s exactly what visitors to the fair will answer on raffle tickets,” said Hejkalová.
According to her, the fair is interesting for visitors with a wide range of books, but also with their lower prices. “Almost all (exhibitors) sell with fair prices, which is usually around 20 percent, and that already plays its part,” said Hejkalová.
The accompanying program should also be attractive. Which will include a lecture on Japanese manga comics or the Harry Potter phenomenon or a performance by Hans Heiss, the owner of the house in Brixen where Karel Havlíček Borovský lived in exile.
The launch of several books will be part of the fair. “I myself am very much looking forward to Petra Dvořáková’s novel Plans, published by Host publishing house. The book is to be published the day before the fair, and the author will christen it there. I like the author very much and this is supposed to be a novel about coming of age at the turn of the 80s and 90s, I’m really looking forward to it,” said Hejkalová.
Ivan Kraus Veteš’s short story book or Markéta Hejkalová’s novel A Century of Waves will also be baptized at the fair. “It’s coming out this week. The book starts in 2022 and then goes against the flow of time to 1887. It starts in Finland and then it intertwines, some chapters take place in the Czech Republic, others in Finland,” said the author and director of the fair in one person, who in the 1990s In the last century, she worked at the Czech embassy in Finland. The story of her new literary work unfolds around the fictional character of the Czech-German writer and the real figure of Finnish history, Marshal Gustav Mannerheim, who twice led Finland in the fight against Russia.
As part of the fair, the most beautiful books are regularly awarded. The prizes are awarded by the Region of Vysočina, Havlíčkův Brod and Tiskárny Havlíčkův Brod, readers of the Vysočina Regional Library and listeners of Czech Radio can also vote for them.