Young Authors Book Fair to be held within Taurida.ART Festival


On September 8-12, the book fair of young authors will take place within Taurida.ART Festival in Crimea. Eighteen authors will present their books published by traditional and digital publishers’.

The fair welcomes writers, poets, play writers, literature podcasters and book bloggers from all over the country. The book presentations by 18 authors, among them the winners of Taurida publishing program, will make the key event of the book fair; Tatiana Mlynchik, laureate of the World Pushkin -2020 contest in prose nomination, will present her book «Roving the wildfire»; Alexandra Shalashova, «Lyceum» first prize-winner in poetry nomination, will talk about her book «To switch off my video»; Tatiana Wan, laureate of the young authors prize «The Russian Rhythms, The Russian Word» will present her novel «The theatre of darkness».



The short list of the national contest «The book of the year-2021» is announced


At the session of the National Contest «The book of the year-2021», the contest short list was formed.

In 2021, over 700 books by 110 publishers’ in 30 Russian cities were submitted for the National contest «The Book of the Year».  The books from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Rostov-na-Donu, Nizhny Novgorod, Simferopol, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Barnaul, Tyumen, Olyokminsk, Tobolsk, and other big and small Russian cities were submitted in 11 nominations. The short list comprises 45 publications published by 36 publishers’ in 10 cities in Russia.

The prize-giving ceremony will be held on the first day of the 34-th Moscow International Book Fair in EXPOCENTER, Pavilion No. 5 (14 Kransopresnenskaya Embankment, Moscow); exact time to be announced.   .


Source: Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Press Service

Three hundred and five model libraries to open in 2021


Library modernization within the Culture National Project exceeds the initial plan to upgrade 110 organizations a year. Even in the first Project year of 2019, 134 libraries were transformed, with 172 libraries transformed in 2020.

This year, 151 libraries are addressed by the Project, and, through the support of Russian Ministry of Culture that assigned inter-budgetary transfers from the Government guarantee fund to RF entities to establish model municipal libraries, additional 154 organizations are selected on the competitive basis; among them Kabardino-Balkar Republic as a new entry.

Thus, in 2021, 305 model libraries in 79 Russian regions will be open.


Source: University Book journal

The Order of Honor for Culture and Art is founded in Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Decree on Founding the Order of Honor for Culture and Art and the Medal for Contributions in Culture and Art. The Decree is published on the official legal web-portal.

The Order of Honor for Culture and Art will be awarded for building-up works in theatre, cinema, television, literature, music, monumental arts and crafts that are widely recognized by the public and professional communities. Besides, the Order will be awarded for significant contribution in restoration of cultural heritage objects, for merits for professional education, and development of international cultural and humanitarian relationship, for contribution to patriotic and military education of the young, for studies, preservation and promotion of Russian artistic culture and arts, cultural heritage of RF nations, and other merits for culture and arts.


Source: Official legal information portal

Certain writers to be equaled to culture professionals


On August 9, 2021, it got about that the Russian Literature Center and Russian Union of Culture Professionals are to start membership integration on August 10. As a result, the member authors will get the status of culture professionals.

Nikita S. Mitrokhin, head of Russian Literature Center, says that, in his opinion, in the current circumstances, the authors cannot feel completely socially protected and this agreement provides opportunity for parity cooperation with Russian Union of Culture Professionals..

This would enable many authors to protect their rights. However, it is widely recognized that annual membership fees make a significant source of income of many writer alliances, so it would be unfair to speak about an absolute benefit or the Russian Literature Center; instead, this merge will result in a financial loss. It is for the second time that the Russian Literature Center helps its members at a sacrifice. Thus, in the late 2020, the Center members were exempted from annual fees against the financial problems in Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Source: Russian Literature Center Press Service

The Thirty Seventh IBBY International Congress


On September 10-12, 2021, 37-th International IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Congress will be held in Moscow.

The organizers have prepared an interesting and varied program. Within the Congress framework, scientific meetings, lectures by prominent authors, illustrators and kids’ books experts will be held. Over 200 specialists from 49 countries worldwide will deliver their presentations.

The Congress opening ceremony will take place on September 10 at 10:00 am with participation of Zhang Mingzhou, IBBY President (China), and Natalia Solzhenitsyn, President of Solzhenitsyn Foundation (Russia).

Specifically for the Congress, the organizers, IBBY Secretariat and foreign partners, are preparing unique displays, e.g. «Laureates and Nominees of Hans Christian Andersen Award – 2020», books on IBBY Honor Roll, exhibition of works by laureates of Biennale of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) 2019, etc. All the displays will be accessible virtually, too.

The organizers invite those who will be unable to attend Moscow personally, both speakers and distance participants, to participate online in the program events.


Source: Russian State Children’s Library

Moscow is in the top-10 world cities in the number of lent-out library book


Moscow holds the 7th place among the largest world cities in the absolute number of books lent out by public libraries to their users during the year. This fact is evidenced by the report of the World Cities Culture Forum, LitHub website informs

The top-10 cities are:

1. Tokyo: 111.9 million books a year

2. Shanghai: 86.2 million

3. New York: 56.3 million

4. Hong Kong: 47.8 million

5. Los-Angeles: 42 million

6. Singapore: 33 million

7. Moscow: 30.3 млн

8. Toronto: 30.2 million

9. Melbourne: 29.1 million

10. Paris: 28.3 million

The report comprises another indicator — number of lent-out library books per one city resident; however Russia has not reached the top ten in this rating.


Source: Literary Hub

Unique books to be digitized in Tver Regional Library


Sixty more books published before 1917 will be added to the National Electronic Library. These books are deposited in Tver A. M. Gorky Regional Library.

The books were published by the major publishers of Tver province, including the printing offices of Tver provincial government, Tver country council, privately-owned I. P. Krylov and F. S. Muravyev publishers’, etc.

The experts plan to complete digitization by the end of the year. The books will be accessible free which would enable users to read them and to examine the unique materials at their most elemental. The most interesting entries will be supplied with historical bibliological annotations.



The Government approved the plan for developing librarianship in Russia


The plan is up to the year 2030. It is envisaged to update the library system comprising federal, municipal, departmental, academic and specialized libraries. In particular, they plan to build digital platform for coordinated libraries services and to pool library, archival, museum information resources into the single digital space. Within this framework, the libraries will be supplied with the latest software systems and provided with access to high-speed Internet. Regional centers for book monuments will get enhanced federal support.

Improving professional skills and mobilization of new professionals is to contribute to the industry advance. For this purpose, it is planned to implement new programs of continuing education and professional retraining, to expand employer-sponsored education, to build monitoring system for stuffing requirements in the library sphere, to develop measures to recruit young professionals, Besides, it is suggested to bring back the methodologist job position to the libraries, and to build the single methodological information system.


Source: Book Industry Journal

Artificial Intellect to get something to read about itself


The Artificial Intellect Federal Project is intended to establish six research centers in the Russian Federation in 2021-2024 with over 90 articles to be published on the subject in 25% most influential journals indexed by Web of Science and Scopus by the year 2024. For the moment, only 35 studies fall into this category, including those accomplished by Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (13 publications), Higher School of Economics (10 publications), PFUR (7) and MIPT (5).

Today, Russia holds  the 17th place in the number of publications on artificial intellect technologies (AI, 4.8 thousand in 2016-2020);  as compared to 2011-2015; the figure increased 2.6 times while the global increase made 1.3,  as the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (National Research University Higher School of Economics) calculated based on the Web of Science Core Collection. With the current global dynamics, Russia can ratchet up to the 7-th place by 2025, and by the end of 2030 would give way only to India, China and the USA. 


Source: Book Industry Journal

The books by foreign authors make 70% of the top-50 of the Second All-Russia Book Rating


The books by foreign authors make 70% in the top-list of the Second All-Russia Book Rating, with the increasing interest toward fiction, said Sergey Stepashin, President of the Russian Book Union, in his presentation within the framework of the business program of The Red Square Festival.

«The Second All-Russia Book Rating demonstrates the vector of the book market recovery after 2020 crisis. Despite the pandemic and related difficulties, the books are still highly valued by the Russians. The list of top 50 popular books evidences that the interest toward fiction books have increased in the recent months. The significant trend is that foreign books dominate with 70% in the top 50», – said Sergey Stepashin, President of the Russian Book Union.


Source: Book Industry Journal