EU Prize for Literature authors tour Mexico

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European Union Prize for Literature laureates meet with their readers to present the diversity of European contemporary literature in Ibero-America.

The Cultural Diplomacy Platform invited two winner authors of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), Lada Žigo (Croatia) and Isabelle Wéry (Belgium) to participate in the Guadalajara International Book Fair and in the European Literature Festival taking place in Guadalajara and Mexico City from 29 November to 5 December 2019.

The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL: Feria Internacional del Libro) is the most important annual publishing and editorial gathering in Ibero-America. Established 33 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Festival targets professionals and the public alike. During the 9 days of the Festival, the whole city of Guadalajara is filled with music, arts, cinema and theatre.

The European Arts Festival, organized by the EU Delegation to Mexico in collaboration with the embassies of the EU Member States celebrates its ninth edition at the FIL. Since 2011, this event has brought the best of Europe’s literature, creating a cultural bridge between readers who every year discover new voices and literary perspectives from other latitudes.

To share their literary and cultural trajectory with the public, the authors participate in the Festival’s roundtables, attend conferences at Universities, and visit local high schools and publishing houses. This allows the authors to present the diversity of European literature and foster intercultural dialogue.

About the authors

Ms Lada Žigo is a Zagreb-based writer as well as a member of the Croatian Writers' Association and Croatian Freelance Artists Organization. Her first book, People and News People (Ljudi i novinari, SysPrint 2007) was shortlisted for two prestigious awards (Ksaver Šandor Gjalski and Kiklop). Her second novel, Bitches (Babetine, SysPrint, 2009) challenges the style of “women’s writing”. Her books Roulette and Healer both address issues, which are pertinent to transitional societies such as gambling and the concept of fortune-tellers. In 2010, her work “Roulette” won the EUPL and has been translated into other languages.

Ms. Isabelle Wery is a Belgian actress and award-winning author. She received “Prix de la Critique de Théâtre Belge” for her original work La tranche de Jean-Daniel Magnin. Her written debut for the stage was with La mort du cochon, for which she received her first nomination for the Prix du Théâtre. In 2013, her work Marilyn Désossée received the EUPL and was the finalist for the Victor Rossel Prize. Her work has been translated into other languages.


This literary programme is organised by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform with the support of the European Union.

The European Union Prize for Literature recognizes every year exceptional up-and-coming literary talents across Europe. It highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature and sheds light on Europe's rich cultural and linguistic heritage.