Sodobnost International Cultural Society
6 Mar 2023
9 Mar 2023
Presentations on the book fair by publishers Mladinska knjiga Publishing House (participation of Gašper Malej on the Italo Calvino's translators panel), Pivec Publishing House, Sanje ('Dreams') Publishing House, Sodobnost International Cultural Society, Malinc Publishing House, Miš Publishing House and Morfem Publisher, organised and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency. Related: Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Rome
at the Bologna Children's Book Fair
1 Apr 2019
4 Apr 2019
A presentation of Slovenian children's and youth literature at the national stand by the Slovenian Book Agency presenting also Miš Publishing House, Sanje ('Dreams') Publishing House, Sodobnost International Cultural Society and Pivec Publishing House, and the independent stands by Mladinska knjiga Publishing House and Morfem,
at the Bologna Children's Book Fair
10 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
A presentation of Slovene books, authors and translations by the Slovenian Book Agency on the national stand (presenting Miš Publishing House, Sodobnost Publishing House, Goga Publishing House, Sanje ('Dreams') 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
26 Mar 2018
29 Mar 2018
Italy Bologna Bologna Children's Book Fair
A presentation of Slovenian children's and young adult literature, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, Miš Publishing House, Mladinska knjiga Publishing House, Sodobnost International Cultural Society, Pivec Publishing House, Sanje ('Dreams') Publishing House and MorfemPlus, featuring book illustrators Ančka Gošnik Godec, Marjanca Jemec Božič, Jelka Reichman and Marlenka Stupica,
11 Oct 2017
15 Oct 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 Leipzig Book Fair
3 Apr 2017
6 Apr 2017
4 Apr 2016
7 Apr 2016
Together with the Slovene Writers’ Association the society confers the Best Short Story Award. It also bestows the Best Slovene Essay Award and the so-called Sunflower on the Shoulder Award. The latter is awarded for achievements in developing reading literacy among the younger generations.
Sodobnost is rather active in audience building, running various projects that aim to encourage reading and promote literature, also organising book-related public events (readings, workshops, etc). It participates in various international projects of promoting and presenting contemporary Slovene literature abroad.
The project (Iz)brano (a play on the words meaning selected, outside and read) brings translations of ten outstanding literary works from across Europe. The variety of carefully selected works of literature ensures that it will cater to different generations, both adults and children. The authors include, for example, the cult European writer Phillip Ardagh, the Lithuanian nominee for the International Memorial Prize Astrid Lindgren, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, and the award-winning Italian author Luigi Ballerini.
Besides commissioning translations from foreign authors, Sodobnost also runs different joint enterprises with other publishers from around Europe, among them the Polish-based Ezop and the Lithuanian Nieko Rimto. Together with them and (as of 2017) also a few other book publishing houses from Estonia, Latvia and Croatia, Sodobnost leads a cooperative European project called Our Little Library. It arranges for youth literature writers and illustrators to travel around Europe and personally get involved with their young readers (aged between 5 and 12 years). It also involves setting up various interactive and entertaining activities that stimulate reading and a child’s creativity (fabricating their literary characters, writing down their opinions about books, reading letters sent to them by the authors, solving detective assignments, etc). Under the auspices of the project, different publishing business meetings and seminars take place.