To mark Ljubljana's designation as the World Book Capital, the 2010 edition of the Fable (Fabula) festival will host a string of literary events of the highest calibre featuring big names in literature from all continents.
Some of the best known authors to appear in Ljubljana include Herta Müller, Jonathan Franzen, David Grossman, Daniel Kehlman, Michal Viewegh, and Richard Flanagan.
The festival will thematically focus on the city as a living environment, a mental map, and a place of freedom and limitations. The same theme will also run through the programme of accompanying events. During the festival, Ljubljana's Breg embankment will undergo a transformation to offer images of the home cities of the most prominent participants in the festival: New York, Jerusalem, Prague, Sydney, and Vienna.
Apart from the above, literary-themed city tours, reading nooks in the city's public spaces, projections of literary excerpts on buildings' façades, public space reading and writing sessions, and literary-themed exhibitions set up on the banks of the Ljubljanica river will be organized to make the theme of books run through the whole of the city.
A festival strand held under the title The International within the Local (Mednarodno znotraj lokalnega) will feature a series of poetry readings by visiting authors from China. An international symposium entitled Pictures from a Dream (Podobe iz sanj) will be dedicated to the legacy of Ivan Cankar (1876-1918), the best known 20th century Slovenian writer.
For more information on the Literatures of the World: Fable 2010 festival and a detailed programme of events, please visit the festival's official website.