Writer Jani Virk at the Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico
Between November 28 and December 6, Guadalajara hosted the largest book fair in South America: Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL). After the Frankfurt Book Fair, the annual Guadalajara book fair is the second-largest in the world. Representative of Slovenia at this year's – the 29th -- edition of the festival was writer, poet, translator and editor, Jani Virk.
In Guadalajara, Jani Virk took part in several events and programs. On Monday, November 30, he participated in the Festival of European literature (Festival de las Letras Europeas), where he spoke of European literature together with German writer Gregor Sander and French author Frederic Boyer. Among other engagements, he lectured at the Guadalajara University and presented his latest book translated into Spanish: What the River Swept Away, What Was Carried Away by Smoke (Lo que se llevó el río, lo que se llevó humo), published by Editorial Arlequín de Guadalajara in November. The author also had a literary event in Mexico City on December 5. The program was organized by the European Union Delegation in Mexico and took place on the premises of Bibloteca Vasconcelos.
Virk (1962) completed his studies in comparative literature and German at the University of Ljubljana. The writer, poet, and translator from German language was the chief editor of the literary journal, Literatura, cultural and later chief editor of the daily newspaper Slovenec, and is now the editor of the cultural program at the national broadcasting company RTV Slovenia. In 1999, he won the Prešeren Foundation Award for his collection of short stories Pogled na Tycho Brache (A View of Tycho Brache).
Jani Virk's literary tour in Mexico was made possible with the support of Beletrina Publishing House, the Slovenian Book Agency, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Guadalajara, Mr. Alejandro Diaz, the Arlequin Publishing House, Escritores Casa Guadalajara, and the Slovenian Embassy in Washington.