Skopje hosts Balkanika literary awards ceremony


The Macedonian capital Skopje is hosting one of the leading literary events in the region, namely a ceremony where the international literary award for best book in the Balkans - Balkanika - will be handed out.

The pick is going to be made by an international seven-member jury, chaired by US professor Andrew Wachtel. The jury, comprised of literary critics from seven countries in the region, is tasked with selecting the best book in 2015 and 2016 each, the Skopje-based publishing company Magor has said.

All writers shortlisted for the award, literary critics and publishers from all seven countries, members of the Balkanika Foundation are expected to attend the awards ceremony.

Founded in 1996, Foundation Balkanika includes publishing houses from seven countries in the Balkans: Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Greece, Turkey and Romania. The foundation is seated in Sofia.

This year's awards ceremony with be held at the Youth Cultural Center in Skopje.

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