#CreativeLithuania: Book Fair

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sometimes, living in Lithuania can be a challenge, so I wanted to focus on forgetting about the challenges and enjoying the positives. I've decided to start a monthly post (the second Friday of each month) on the more creative side of Lithuania. In previous posts I've written about Uzupis, which is truly a creative mecca. For this series I wanted to focus on creative events, unique aspects of the culture or language, and cool places that I find around Lithuania. If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

If you would like to participate in sharing creative things about where you live, tag your photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter with #CreativeLithuania or #CreativeLocale. I'd love to see the creative side of every country!

This month's #CreativeLithuania post features a giant book fair that took place in the midst of a long winter (aka in February). This year, the Vilnius International Book Fair focused on crime stories and hosted a wide array of local and international authors. On the last day of the book fair, J and I hopped the free bus from Old Town to the events center and set out to learn about this creative event. The last day of the event (Sunday) happened to be family day, so there was a huge area especially for kids - I'm talking crafts, puppet shows, story-time, snacks, and more. I was particularly impressed with this focus on getting kids excited to read by bringing their favorite stories to life. I also loved to see so many local authors represented at the fair - now if they would only translate some of those books into English!

P.S. I apologize for the fuzzy phone photos. I wasn't feeling 100% the day we went to the book fair, so I did my best!

Do you like book fairs? What cool things have been going on in your area?

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