Author Aka Morchiladze, historian Lasha Bakradze to lead Georgia's Frankfurt Book Fair events

Aka Morchiladze will open the Georgian participation in the Frankfurt even with a talk on a new German translation of his book. Photo: Nata Sopromadze., 03 Oct 2021 - 19:56, Tbilisi,Georgia

Author Aka Morchiladze and historian and Literature Museum director Lasha Bakradze will introduce the latest German translations of some of the most interesting literature from Georgia in this year's Frankfurt Book Fair later this month.

While the pandemic situation means the largest book fair in the country will run in a constrained form - with no national stands at fairgrounds in central Frankfurt - the Writers' House of Georgia and the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association will be sending the two-person representation to the event.

Morchiladze will present a new translation of his book Of Old Hearts and Swords in the first event of the fair involving Georgia, with the meeting between the popular author and readers to be moderated by Tilman Spreckelsen, literary critic and culture editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

A day later, Morchiladze and Canadian author Paul Seesequasis will meet for a talk Preserving and Protecting Languages and Culture – The Way We Were. Canada is the Guest of Honour of this year's Frankfurt fair.

Next, Bakradze will be hosted at Haus des Buches literary venue in Frankfurt to introduce recent German editions of works by Georgian writers. The event will come under the Frankfurt fair but organised by LiteraturBahnhof festival in the city.

Finally, Morchiladze will also be involved in literary meetings in other German venues as well as in Zurich, under the aegis of the Bridge - Zurich-Tbilisi festival, to talk to readers about his work. In Germany, Munich and Nuernberg are the cities on the events' calendar for the author.