Petersburg as the World Book Capital

16 January 2018

St. Petersburg will become one of candidate cities for the title of World Book Capital in 2020. This was stated by the Vice-governor Alexander Govorunov at a meeting with chief editors of literary magazines and journalists.

Alexander Govorunov met with the editors-in-chief of literary journals and journalists covering the book theme and the culture of reading development in Russia. The meeting was held in Krasnogvardeysky district on the basis of the Rzhevskaja library and was dedicated to the preparation of St. Petersburg for the UNESCO World Book Capital 2020 contest.

An application for the contest will be sent in March 2018. There is no money reward for winning this contest. However, as it was noted by the Lieutenant-Governor, obtaining high status will improve the image of St. Petersburg, which in turn will open new opportunities to promote city brand in the world book market.

It should be noted that in 2017 St. Petersburg earned the title of the most reading region of Russia after winning the contest held by the Russian Book Union. The results of the competition were summed up at the Presidential Library named after Boris Yeltsin within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The President of the Russian book Union Sergey Stepashin presented a diploma and "Literary flagship of Russia" statuette to Georgy Poltavchenko. This is exactly the title that city will hold during the year 2018.