Goga Publishing House

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Založba Goga
Glavni trg 6, SI-8000 Novo mesto
Phone386 (0) 7 393 0801
Fax386 (0) 7 393 0800
Founded byNovo mesto Student Association
Mitja Ličen, Director
Phone386 (0) 7 393 0813
Vesna Kelbl, Bookshop Head and Public Events
Phone386 (0) 7 393 0802
Eva Vrbnjak, Editor
Phone386 (0) 7 393 0813
Staša Mlakar, Administration
Phone386 (0) 7 393 0811
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Past Events
  • 6 January to 14 January 2018
    Workshops by the illustrator Manica K. Musil, readings and panels with writers Evald Flisar, Jasmin B. Frelih, Andrej Hočevar and Ivo Svetina, lectures by ethnologist Zmago Šmitek, also Gašper Malej (KUD AAC Zrakogled), LUD Literatura, Goga Publishing House, Založba /*cf and Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, participating at the New Delhi World Book Fair with EU-Focus, supported by the Slovenian Book Agency, in New Delhi, India
  • 11 October to 15 October 2017
    A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations on the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency (presenting Miš Publishing House, Sodobnost Publishing House, Goga Publishing House and Pivec Publishing House), as well as a presentation of Mladinska knjiga Publishing House and Beletrina Publishing Institute at the Frankfurt Book Fair at Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 13 May to 14 May 2016
    Authors Sebastijan Pregelj, Agata Tomažič (Goga Publishing House) and Tanja Tuma at the 22nd international book fair and literary festival Book World Prague at Palace of Industry in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 5 December to 6 December 2014
    A literary evening with Vinko Möderndorfer and Sebastijan Pregelj and concerts by Vlado Kreslin in the framework of the Festival World Days of the Slovenian Language, organised the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language, Goga Publishing House and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Moscow, at M. I. Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature and ArteFAQ Club in Moscow, Russia
  • 15 May to 17 May 2014
    Authors Slavko Pregl, Peter Rezman, Dušan Šarotar, and Maja Gal Štromar at the Book World Prague 2014, co-organised by Goga Publishing House, and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague, at Prague Exhibition Grounds in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 16 November 2013
    A literary evening with Slovene authors Goran Vojnović, Dijana Matković, and Maja Gal Štromar, organised by Goga Publishing House, at Atelje Figure in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 8 November to 10 November 2013
    Slovene authors Lucija Stupica, Marko Sosič, and Dušan Šarotar touring Georgia, organised by Goga Publishing House, at Book City bookshop, Siesta Publishing House in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 7 October 2011
    Tadej Golob, Peter Rezman and Damijan Šinigoj present their prose, moderated by Ahmed Burić, co-organised by Goga Publishing House at Art Kino Kriterion in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 19 November 2010
    Evening of Slovene contemporary poetry presenting Slovene poets of younger gereration: Stanka Hrastelj, Barbara Pogačnik and Slavica Šavli, organised by Udruga KURS, Split, and Goga Publishing House, Novo mesto at at Književni krug Split in Split, Croatia

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Established in 1998 by the Students' Society of Novo Mesto (DNŠ), the Goga Publishing House is involved in a wide spectrum of activities, from publishing Slovene and foreign literary works, music CDs, and journals (Rast) to organising different cultural events, literary workshops, and residency programmes.

As of 2000 Goga also runs the Goga Bookshop, a popular venue for literary, musical, and other cultural events in Novo mesto.

Publishing programme

The first publication in line was the Anton Podbevšek 100 Supernatural Years, a book on a Slovene avant-garde poet and a participant of the Novo Mesto Spring [Novomeška pomlad] movement in the 1920s that marked the beginning of Slovene modernism.

Goga's literature publishing programme tries to enable new perspectives on local literature (intermingling renowned authors with upcoming writers), as well as publish translations of first-class literature from abroad. It deals with both poetry as well as prose, and since 2003 also with occasional theoretical and historical works. The latter are published under the name Anagoga editions, with Latin Literature by Pierre Grimal as its first piece. There is also the edition Lunapark, established in 2007, which specialises in youth literature. The Goga Music programme is focused on audio CDs, mostly of Slovene artists playing jazz, folk, chanson, world music and also classical works.

Rast, a quarterly review for literature, culture and social issues, is published by Goga in collaboration with the Municipality of Novo mesto. There is an accompanying web portal called eRast.

International collaboration and residence programmes

Goga is a part of several European (formal and informal) networks, active in exchanging authors, works, and various residency opportunities (it actively organises the exchange of Slovene authors to other residencies across Europe).

It is (or was) involved in several projects financed by the EU's Culture programme, with one of recent such projects called South and East reaches West – digital platform for promotion of writers in post-conflict societies (2017–2019). The project, basically, aims to ease the entry of Eastern and South-Eastern writers to the wider European markets.

Such and other projects, as well as for some time a collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana, enable Goga to run a regular stream of residency programmes.

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