Slovenian Book Agency

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Javna agencija za knjigo Republike Slovenije (JAK)
http://www.jakrs.si/
gp.jakrs@jakrs.si
Metelkova 2b, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 369 5820
Fax386 (0) 1 369 5830
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Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Aleš Novak, Director
ales.novak@jakrs.si
Phone386 (0) 1 369 5821
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Katja Stergar, International Co-operation and Promotion
katja.stergar@jakrs.si
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Past Events
  • 19 June 2017
    The lecture Slovenia: gay, lesbian, literary in discussion with Kristina Hočevar, Milan Šelj, Suzana Tratnik und Nataša Velikonja, organised by ŠKUC Association and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency at Literary Colloquium Berlin LCBT in Berlin, Germany
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  • 3 April to 6 April 2017
    A presentation of Slovenian children's and young adult literature at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2015, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, Miš Publishing House, Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, Sodobnost International Cultural Society, and MorfemPlus, at Bologna Fiere in Bologna, Italy
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  • 18 March 2017
    Exhibition of the graphic novel "Alma Karlin" (drawings by Jakob Klemenčič, written by Marijan Pušavec), and a presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations at the national stand at the Leipzig Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Traduki network, with authors Jože Pirjevec, Suzana Tratnik, Boštjan Videmšek, Milan Dekleva, Jasmin B. Frelih, Andrej E. Skubic, Marijan Pušavec und Dino Buk in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 12 February to 16 February 2017
    Writer Suzana Tratnik, poet Jana Putrle Srdić and translator Mohsen Alhady participate in round table discussions and workshops, organised by the Centre for Slovenian Literature and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency, at Al-Balad Culture Center, Al-Haram Building, Doum Foundation, Faculty of Languages, Rawabet Theatre in Cairo, Egypt
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  • 14 December to 15 December 2016
    Events featuring writers Suzana Tratnik, Alja Adam and Veronika Dintinjana, organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Book Agency and Centre for Slovenian Literature, at La Qarmita in Granada, Spain
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  • 1 December to 11 December 2016
    A presentation of the Ljubljana art and culture landscape with Svetlana Makarovič, Josip Osti, Svetlana Slapšak, Goran Vojnović, Agata Tomažič, Jure Eržen, Boštjan Videmšek, Mojca Kumerdej, Sebastijan Pregelj, Maja Gal Štromar, Jože Suhadolnik, Klemen Košir, Metka Krašovec, Alenka Sottler, Hana Stupica, Laibach and Zoran Predin, co-organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, at the 22nd Book Fair(y) in Istria Festival of Books and Authors in Pula, Croatia
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  • 20 November 2016
    Double Act, a poetry workshop with Brane Mozetič at the 7th Mumbai International Literary Festival Literatue Live!, supported by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, at National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India
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  • 19 November 2016
    A discussion with Boris Pahor by Thomas Poiss. Accompanying events: a documentary exhibition on Pahor's life and work; Pavel Marku's compositions interpreted by cello player Vasja Legiša, and Tartini's music interpreted by Brina Kafol Žust in Marko Zupan, Slovene flute players living in Berlin. Organised by Slovenian Book Agency, Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin and Stadt-Land-Buch Literary Festival, at LiteraturHaus Berlin in Berlin, Germany
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  • 16 November 2016
    Poetry of Today – Six poets in search of a poem, a literary event featuring Brane Mozetič, supported by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, at The Toddy Shop in New Delhi, India
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  • 12 November 2016
    Polyphony, a poetry session featuring Brane Mozetič, in the framework of the Chandigarh Literature Festival 2016, supported by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, at Chandigarh Club in Chandigarh, India
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  • 28 October to 16 November 2016
    Weltreisende trifft Mexikaner – Graphic Novels aus Slowenien, an exhibition of the comic books Alma M. Karlin: Svetovljanka iz province (Stripburger) and Meksikajnarji (UMco) and a talk with authors Jakob Klemenčič, Zoran Smiljanić and Marijan Pušavec, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency and supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Literaturhaus Wien in Vienna, Austria
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  • 19 October to 23 October 2016
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations on the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency in co-operation with the Traduki network, as well as a presentation of other publishing houses at the Frankfurt Book Fair at Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt, Germany
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  • 5 October to 9 October 2016
    A poetry translation workshop with authors Jana Putrle Srdić, Peter Semolič, Brane Mozetič, translator Mateja Rozman, and professor of literature and literary critic Alojzija Zupan Sosič, organised in cooperation with the Centre for Slovenian Literature and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency, at Centro Cultural Cuba Poesía, UNEAC in Havana, Cuba
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  • 24 August to 28 August 2016
    A presentation of Slovenian literature at the national stand, a lecture by Ifigenija Zagoričnik Simonović (Slovene Writers’ Association) and 100 Slavic Novels, a project by the Forum of Slavic Cultures International Foundation, at the Beijing International Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Beijing, at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China
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  • 4 April to 7 April 2016
    A presentation of Slovenian children's and young adult literature at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2015, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, Miš Publishing House, Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, Sodobnost International Cultural Society, and MorfemPlus, at Bologna Fiere in Bologna, Italy
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  • 17 March to 19 March 2016
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations at the national stand at the Leipzig Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Traduki network, with authors Goran Vojnović, Aleš Šteger, Boštjan Videmšek and Samira Kentrić at Leipzig Trade Fair, Theater.FACT, UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 14 October to 18 October 2015
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations on the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency in co-operation with the Traduki network, as well as a presentation of other publishing houses at the Frankfurt Book Fair at Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt, Germany
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  • 30 March to 2 April 2015
    A presentation of Slovenian children's and young adult literature at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2015, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, Miš Publishing House, Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, and Morfem, at Bologna Fiere in Bologna, Italy
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  • 12 March to 15 March 2015
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations at the national stand at the Leipzig Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Traduki network, with authors Anja Golob, Nataša Kramberger, Miha Mazzini, Dušan Šarotar, in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 8 October to 12 October 2014
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations on the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency in co-operation with the Traduki network, as well as a presentation of other publishing houses at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany
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  • 13 March to 16 March 2014
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations at the national stand organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, in co-operation with the Traduki network Slovene authors Gabriela Babnik, Aleš Debeljak, Goran Vojnović, and Stanka Hrastelj are put into focus, at the Leipzig Book Fair 2013 in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 22 October 2013
    A literary evening with Suzana Tratnik and Damijan Šinigoj, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague and Slovenian Book Agency, in Brno, Czech Republic
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  • 9 October to 13 October 2013
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations on the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency in co-operation of the Traduki network, as well as a presentation of other publishing houses, at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany
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  • 4 September to 9 September 2013
    Authors Drago Jančar and Mojca Kumerdej presenting their work at the Moscow International Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, joined by Slavko Pregl, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Moscow, Russia
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  • 25 March to 28 March 2013
    Presentation of Slovenian children's and youth literature at the Bologna Children Book Fair 2013, by the Slovenian Book Agency, Miš Publishing House, Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, Morfem, Sanje ('Dreams') Publishing House, and Strip Art Features in Bologna, Italy
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  • 24 March to 27 March 2013
    A presentation of Slovenian children's and youth literature at the Bologna Children Book Fair 2014 at the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency and by the following publishing houses: Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, Morfem, Sanje ('Dreams') Publishing House, and Pivec Publishing House, and Peter Škerl's illustrations at the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition, in Bologna, Italy
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  • 14 March to 17 March 2013
    Slovenian Book Agency presenting Slovene literature and authors at the Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 28 May 2012
    Katja Stergar (Slovenian Book Agency) at the round table discussion and work meeting in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 19 March to 22 March 2012
    Presentation of Slovenian children and youth literature at the Bologna Children Book Fair 2012, by Slovenian Book Agency in Bologna, Italy
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  • 15 March to 18 March 2012
    Slovene literature presented at the Leipzig Book Fair within the South Europe in Focus section and Traduki events with Primož Čučnik, Lidija Dimkovska, Tadej Golob, Maja Haderlap, Stanka Hrastelj, Drago Jančar, Maruša Krese, Vlado Kreslin, Mojca Kumerdej, Miha Mazzini, Urban Vovk, Sebastijan Pregelj and Lado Kralj, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 1 March to 5 March 2012
    Boris Pahor, Drago Jančar, Brina Svit, Lila Prap and Ela Peroci presented by Slovenian Book Agency at the Sex, Book and Rock'n'Roll - Foire du livre de Bruxelles 2012 in Brussels, Belgium
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  • 30 November to 1 December 2010
    Sebastijan Pregelj and Suzana Tratnik, literature event and translation workshop organised by Čar Slovenije Association, Institut für Slavistik der Universität Hamburg, Študentska založba Publishing House and Slovenian Book Agency at Beim Grünen Jäger Club and KUCHNIA restaurant in Hamburg, Germany
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The Slovenian Book Agency is a public agency that was established in 2008 to engage the area of literature in a coordinated and uniform way. Its primary concerns are to facilitate better availability of books, to promote Slovene authors internationally, to financially support literary events, projects concerned with reading culture, publications of quality books and translations, and to regulate the process from the production to publication to distribution of literature.

JAK (Slovenian abbreviation for Slovenian Book Agency) is located in the house called Vratarnica (Gatekeeper's house) in the Metelkova Quarter of Ljubljana, in the vicinity of the Ministry of Culture.

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Activities

The agency provides funds for projects in the field of literature. It promotes Slovene works and authors, encourages the publication of quality writing, and provides grants as well as other means of support for authors. The agency facilitates international cooperation, especially translations of Slovenian books and their international promotion. It also oversees the correct implementation of the Public Lending Right, which comprises financial contributions to authors whose work is available in public libraries and scholarships for creative achievement. In addition, developing the bookstore network and increasing the availability of books are among the agency’s main aims. It supports the organisation of events and projects related to literature and reading culture.

JAK is a strong presence in promoting the importance of reading. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Slovenian Public Libraries Association, the agency coordinates the project Growing up with a Book, which strives to raise interest in literature among children and young people by presenting them with selected books during their yearly visit to a public library. The campaign Read books, move it! aims to develop a positive attitude toward reading in secondary schools with the help of Slovene celebrities, whose example leads young people to take up books more often. The national campaign There is no game without drama brought together Eurobasket 2013, the Basketball Federation of Slovenia, the Slovene Publishers Society, and the Slovenian Booksellers Association in an effort to fuse culture and sports.

Between 2010 and 2011 when Ljubljana was World Book Capital City, the Slovenian Book Agency co-financed a publishers congress and a literary festival, as well as issued special price editions of a number of quality book titles.

Funding

The Slovenian Book Agency co-finances a variety of programmes and projects in the field of literature, such as literary and translation production, reading promotion, literary events, authors’ mobility, professional training, and international promotion through public tenders and calls, which are open for publishing houses, libraries, bookshops, cultural institutions, and associations, as well as authors and translators.

Applicants are co-financed for individual projects or programmes; in the latter case a 3-year contract is signed. Subsidies are allocated according to applicants’ references and their long-term excellence. Projects and programmes are evaluated by expert committees.

With a view to international promotion and distribution of Slovenian literature, JAK annually publishes a call for co-financing translations of books by Slovene authors into foreign languages. Applicants can be Slovene or foreign publishing houses, theatres, and individual translators. In each case the contract is concluded with the translator and the subsidy covers up to 100 % of the translation costs.


International cooperation

The principal instruments of international promotion are professional advice, various grants, stands at international book fairs, and subsidies for international cooperation abroad. The agency also awards subsidies to translators for translations of literary works by Slovenian authors. The agency encourages authors to attend international events by allocating funds to this initiative.

The Slovenian Book Agency maintains a presence at major book fairs, such as in Bologna, Leipzig, and Frankfurt, by organising national stands and various promotional activities. There it presents the Slovene literary production, translations, and co-organises literary events featuring Slovene authors. Occasionally the agency also participates in other book fair and related events aimed at promoting the national literary production and encouraging translation.

JAK supports Slovenian lectureships abroad by providing them with Slovenian books and co-financing visits by Slovenian authors. It also actively collaborates with Slovene embassies around the globe and foreign embassies in Slovenia.

Every year in August, it organises an annual international Slovenian literature translation seminar, which provides outstanding translators of Slovenian literature from all over the world with an opportunity to keep apprised of the contemporary Slovenian literary scene and to collaborate with Slovenian authors, critics, publishers, lecturers, and foreign colleagues. The seminar aims to increase the number of quality translations of Slovenian literature abroad and to engender close-knit connections between Slovenian authors, publishing houses, and translators. The call for applications is published on the agency's website, which also features a list of works chosen for the seminal and the participating translators.

Since 2009 the Slovenian Book Agency has been involved in the regional network for literature and books Traduki. The countries involved in the network are Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, and Switzerland. Their programme for supporting translations of fiction, contemporary scientific writing, children’s literature and literature for young people from the 20th and 21th centuries is also meant to facilitate exchanges between participants.

Databases, brochures, and sample translations

The JAK's website features a databases of translations of Slovenian literature and a database of co-financed books since 2004. Users can browse the databases by author or translator (in the case of translated works), publisher, or book title. The database of co-financed books also contains book covers.

Catalogues and brochures published by the agency as well as sample translations are also accessible on the website. These are intended to promote Slovene writers and illustrators abroad and are available at major book fairs and other promotional events.

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