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    Beyond the London Book Fair 2014

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    SLBPA at Seoul International Book Fair 2014

    (Reported by Mr. Dinesh Kulatunga from Seoul, South Korea)

    Four members of the SLBPA participated at this event, namely Mr. Athula Jayakody, Mr. Samantha Indeewara, Mr. Padmasiri De Silva and Mr. Dinesh Kulatunga. Seoul Book Fair organized by Korean Publishers Association which is opened from 18th June to 22nd June at the Coax Exhibition Centre. This event is sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Publication Industry Promotion Agency, and Korean Publishing Foundation. The stall for the SLBPA is sponsored by the Korean Publishers Association.

    The First Secretary Mr.Theshantha Kumarasiri and the Second Secretary Pamoda Gooneratne of the Embassy of Sri Lanka visited the stall on the opening date 18th June 2014.

    The Sri Lanka Ambassador for South Korea HE Tissa Wijeratne visited the Sri Lankan Stall on 20th June 2014.

    The Sri Lankan delegates with APPA President.

    SLBPA signs MOU with China

    The Chinese Government and the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote Sri Lankan books in China and Chinese books in Sri Lanka. Jiang Jianguo, Party Secretary of the Leadership Group of the Communist Party of China and Vice Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China, and Vijitha Yapa, President of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association (SLBPA) signed the agreement last Friday to promote books from their respective countries. The MOU is aimed at facilitating publishing and participation at book fairs as well as mutual translation and publishing of quality works of the two countries.

    Jianguo said that this is the first time China had sent out a delegation of publishing professionals to Sri Lanka and was pleased to see that one publisher in Sri Lanka had already translated seventeen books on China. He said that books have a fundamental role to play because they are everlasting compared to a newspaper which lasts for a day and magazines which may last up to one month. He said that China publishes 410,000 titles annually and hope that the first initiative will be the translation and publication of the classics of each country in the respective languages.

    He said the Chinese President had said that China should be a country of learning and that he was glad to visit Sri Lanka and sign this MOU because China wants to learn from other countries. He added that the MOU encourages the setting up of a mechanism to encourage the exchange of publishing professionals.

    Vijitha Yapa said that the relationship between China and Sri Lanka extends over centuries and history books carry records of the visits of religious dignitaries as well as ambassadors to Sri Lanka. He said the Publishers Association is pleased to extend cooperation with China in the field of literature. He said that at the Beijing Book Fair last September he was informed that the print run of some of the books ran into millions and that there is much Sri Lanka can learn from China’s experience. He said the MOU with China was the first with another country and the SLBPA is keen to sign such MOUs with other countries.

    He said that Sri Lankan literature has to make an impact in the world and that from this year the winner of the Swarnapusthaka (Golden Book Award) will be translated into English. He said the Swarnapusthaka award with prizes of Rs. 750,000 is the largest award in Sri Lanka and the SLBPA created the award to recognise books of exceptional quality. He said that the SLBPA has this year made an extra effort to carry promotional campaigns at the World Book Fair in New Delhi and the London Book Fair in April and that a SLBPA delegation will also exhibit Sri Lanka books at the Seoul Book Fair in South Korea in June. He said a large number of foreign publishers will exhibit at the Colombo International Book Fair at the BMICH being held from 13 September.

    (Source Daily FT)

    Swarnapusthaka 2014

    Number of Entries = 106

    Swarnapusthaka panel

    Mr.Ariyawansha Ranaweera
    Dr.Sunil Wijesiriwardhana
    Dr.Harshana Rabukwella
    Mr.Saman Wickramaarchchi
    Mr.Lionel Fernando
    Prof. Rohinie Paranavithana
    Prof. Kulathilaka Kumarasiri
    Mr.Sundhara Nihathamani De mel
    Mr.Krishanatha Fedricks
    Mr.Piyal Kariyawasam
    Mr.Ranjith Illuppitiya
    Mr.Geethanath Kudaligama
    Mrs.Latha Gurusinghe
    Mr.Nimal Somarathna
    Mr.Punchibanda Gallaba
    Mr.Jayasiri Alawatte
    Mr. Nalan Mendis
    Mr.Malik Thusitha Gunarathne
    Mr.Sulochana Wickramasinghe

    Our President meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

    Vijitha Yapa, President of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association and Vice President of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association presented a copy of the book ‘A Complete Illustrated History of Sri Lanka’ to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Our President meets Vice President of the Republic of China

    Vijitha Yapa President of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association and Vice President of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association met the Chief Guest at the Taipei Book Fair Wu Den-yih, Vice President of the Republic of China at the opening of the Taipei Book Fair on February 5, 2014. Vice President Wu Den-yih said that this is the first time that he is meeting a publisher from Sri Lanka and was pleased that Sri Lankan books were being displayed at the Taipei Book Fair.

    Prince Charles meets our President

    Prince Charles met Vijitha Yapa, President of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association and Vice President of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association (APPA) in November 2013 during his visit to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo. Prince Charles inquired about the book industry in Sri Lanka, what types of books are published and how Sri Lankan books are promoted.

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