of Literature

Vilnius 2024

International Congress
of Literature

Vilnius 2024

On May 6–10, 2024, Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature will host an International Congress of Literature aimed at presenting the vast and exciting field of Vilnius literature to an international community of professionals.


4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

Discussion with prose writers.

Attendees: Virginija Kulvinskaitė, Eglė Frank, and Rasa Aškinytė.

Moderated by Dovydas Kiauleikis

The House of Signatories Pilies Street 26
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Discussion and readings with Lithuanian poets.

Attendees: Aušra Kaziliūnaitė, Dainius Gintalas, Marius Povilas Elijas Martynenko, Giedrė Kazlauskaitė, Antanas A. Jonynas and Rimas Uzgiris.

Moderated by Marija Mažulė.

The House of Signatories Pilies Street 26
6:30 PM

Opening: meet-and-greet. Dinner and wine.

Vilnius Literary House
Šv. Jono Street 11
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMPresentation of the Translation Grant program and other initiatives by the Lithuanian Culture Institute. 

Vilnius Literary House

Šv. Jono Street 11

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Presentation of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union and its activities, including the Poetry Spring festival in Vilnius. 

Lithuanian Writers’ Union

K. Sirvydo Street 6

12:30 PM – 2:00 PMLunch.  
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

B2B networking event with publishing house representatives and literary agents. 

Dovilė Zaidė (Alma littera), Giedrė Kadžiulytė (Apostrofa), Sigita Pūkienė (Aukso žuvys), Kotryna Žukaitė (Baltos lankos), Ūla Ambrasaitė (Lapas), Lina Itagaki (Misteris Pinkmanas), Martynas Pumputis (Slinktys), Greta Kaikarytė, Daiva Ančeriavičiūtė (Vaga), Lina Mickutė (700 eilučių), and Benas Bėrantas (Book Smugglers Agency).

Vilnius Literary House

Šv. Jono Street 11

3:30 PM – 4:30 PMMeeting at Vilnius University Faculty of PhilologyVilnius University 
5:00 PM – 5:50 PM 

Discussion with Lithuanian writers. 

Attendees: Unė Kaunaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Birutė Jonuškaitė.

Moderated by Virginija Kulvinskaitė.

Vilnius Literary House

Šv. Jono Street 11

6:00 PM – 6:50 PM

Discussion and readings with Lithuanian poets. 

Attendees: Greta Ambrazaitė, Marius Burokas, Ramunė Brundzaitė, Kornelijus Platelis, and Tomas Venclova.

Moderated by Indrė Valantinaitė

Vilnius Literary House

Šv. Jono Street 11

7:00 PMDinner.  
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Parallel meetings with registration Meeting at Vilnius Municipal Central Library. Departure from the hotel 9:40AM Vilnius Municipal Central Library Žirmūnų Street 6
Meeting with the editors of culture press: Literatūra ir menas (“Literature and Art”), Vilnius Review, Šiaurės Atėnai (“Northern Athens”), “Rubinaitis” (Children’s magazine). Vilnius Literary House Šv. Jono Street 11
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch. 
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Discussion with children’s and youth writers about youth literature in Lithuania and beyond. Attendees: Kotryna Zylė, Eglė Baliutavičiūtė, and Justinas Žilinskas. Moderated by Justinas Vancevičius Vilnius Literary House Šv. Jono Street 11
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception at the Town Hall. Entry by invitation only. Vilnius Town Hall  Didžioji Street 11

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Parallel meetings with registration.

Meeting with the organizers of literary festivals in Vilnius:

Vaikų knygų sala (“Children’s Books Island”); Kūrėjų sala (“Creators’ Island”); Open Books; Paviljono knygų savaitgalis (“Pavilijonas Book Weekend”); Vilniaus Lapai (“Vilnius Pages”); Vilnius Book Fair; The Lithuanian Section of IBBY.

Vilnius Literary House

Šv. Jono Street 11

12:30 PM– 13:30 PM



2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

2:00 PM – 3:10 PM: tour around the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

3:10 PM – 3:30 PM: presentation of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania strategy

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM: presentation of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania project portfolio.

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM: presentations on reading promotion initiatives as well as literacy promotion programs for kids. 

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM: broader introduction to the Judaica Research Center and its activities.

4:30 PM – 4:50 PM: demonstration of the documentary heritage (archives) of the library.

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Gedimino Avenue 51

5:30 PM

Discussion with prose writers. 

Attendees: Herkus Kunčius, Alvydas Šlepikas, Jurga Tumasonytė, and Akvilina Cicėnaitė.

Moderated by Lina Buividavičiūtė

The House of Signatories

Pilies Street 26


Free time


10:00 AM

Tour around literary Vilnius with Rimas Uzgiris (2 hours).

Vilnius Literary House

Šv. Jono Street 11


Participating organizations

THE LITHUANIAN CULTURE INSTITUTE is a budgetary institution established by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, which is consistently strengthening the role of Lithuanian culture in the world. The Institute purposefully presents Lithuanian culture and professional art abroad and enhances the opportunities on the international scene for cultural professionals and artists, as well as for specialists and organisations working in these fields.

THE LITHUANIAN WRITERS’ UNION includes prose writers, poets, playwrights, translators, literary scholars, critics, and some Lithuanian writers living abroad. Branches of the LWU operate in Kaunas and Klaipėda. The organization is run by a chairman and board elected at a meeting by the members.

MARTYNAS MAŽVYDAS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LITHUANIA is a national cultural institution open to all users, active in the areas of dissemination of information, culture, science and education, performing library activities and ensuring implementation of the national information policy falling within its competence.

VILNIUS CITY MUNICIPALITY CENTRAL LIBRARY seeks to establish as institution for the fulfillment of informational, cultural and social needs of society, enabling each community member to gain and develop informational, social and cultural competence; exercise democratic rights; participate in the development of information society in a creative manner.

VILNIUS UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF PHILOLOGY is the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution. Vision of Faculty of Philology is to be among leading European study and research centers of Linguistics, Literary and Cultural studies.

The Lithuanian Section of IBBY has been established by the initiative of several children‘s book specialists in 1992, shortly after Lithuania restored its independence. The section is led by a chairman Audronė Macijauskienė. It is located in the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, and is closely associated with the Children and Youth Literature Department.

Participating festivals

VILNIUS BOOK FAIR is the largest book fair in the Baltic states and ultimately one of the most prominent cultural events in Lithuania. Every February, Vilnius Book Fair promotes and celebrates reading, inviting everyone to meet authors, attend book launches, conversations, screenings, concerts, exhibitions, creative workshops and other cultural activities.

The highlight of the festival is Author’s Gallery, where the most interesting and valuable new books by Lithuanian authors are presented every year. OPEN BOOKS also features world-renowned writers, spotlights young poets and organises literary conversations about the most significant topics of the year.

CHILDREN’S BOOK ISLAND is an international literature festival for young audiences, which aims to present contemporary children’s literature in different formats and forms of art, from performances to interactive exhibitions to creative workshops and more. CREATOR ISLAND: Children’s Literature Industry Days

Every year, PAVILIJONAS BOOK WEEKEND gathers independent publishers of literary fiction, art and humanities, providing them with a chance to directly present their most interesting and important publications. The three-day marathon of events creates a vibrant yet intimate atmosphere, comprising book launches, literary conversations and concerts.

VILNIAUS LAPAI (transl. Vilnius Pages) is an international literary festival held in Vilnius. It celebrates acclaimed and popular Lithuanian and international authors. Vilnius Pages favours spontaneous author reader dialogue through meetings, discussions, debates, live public author readings, musical and poetic improvisations, concerts, exhibitions, performances and literature based film screenings.

The International Poetry Spring Festival is one of the oldest literary events in Europe. It keeps traditions alive, enriching them with new forms every year, both with great success. Ever since it was founded, the festival has welcomed the most renowned Lithuanian wordsmiths, introduced talented young authors, and reintroduced established poets. An annual anthology that includes a wide range of Lithuanian poetry as well as creative work by guest authors from other countries has already become a trademark of Poetry Spring. May 2024 will mark the 60th edition of the festival.

Participating publishing houses

ALMA LITTERA is one of Lithuania’s main publishing houses, specialising in fiction, non-fiction, reference books, textbooks, and other publications for all age groups. Alma Littera publishes works by both local and foreign authors, books for children and youth, science fiction, non-fiction, research publications, reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks for schools, and other educational material.

APOSTROFA is a small independent publishing house, which publishes fiction and non-fiction by Lithuanian and foreign authors (translations from English, German, Icelandic, Polish, Estonian, Swedish, French, Czech). Apostrofa’s list of published titles includes books of the highest quality, which have been awarded prestigious prizes in Lithuania for their content and design.

AUKSO ŽUVYS is a small company publishing fiction and non-fiction for adults, and illustrated books for children and teenagers. Our main area of interest is history, which is presented in a lively and original way. Aukso žuvys was awarded The Publishing House of the year 2023.

BALTOS LANKOS was established in 1992, with the intention of publishing quality literature. The range of our publications is very wide: new books by Lithuanian authors, translations of quality foreign literature, popular works of fiction, crime fiction, monographs, books for children, and academic writing.

BAZILISKO AMBASADA is a small independent publishing house, which publishes poetry books by Lithuanian and foreign authors.

LAPAS is a small independent publishing house. It focuses mainly on architecture and artists’ books. We are interested in publishing books as design objects, as well as making the publication of a book an important public event, with associated exhibitions and talks, etc.

MISTERIS PINKMANAS is a small independent publishing house, which publishes children literature by Lithuanian and foreign authors.

SLINKTYS is a small independent publishing house, which publishes poetry and fiction by Lithuanian and foreign authors. It also focuses on young writers.

VAGA is the oldest publishing house in Lithuania, continuing the best traditions of recent years. We publish quality classic literature, we launch prize-winning authors of modern fiction, and we continue to expand our series of psychological and other non-fiction books.

700 EILUČIŲ is a small independent publishing house, which publishes children literature by Lithuanian and foreign authors.

Benas Bėrantas / BOOK SMUGLERS represents awarded and notable authors and illustrators from the Baltics internationally.

Participating culture press

LITERATŪRA IR MENAS (transl. Literature and Art) is a biweekly magazine of the Lithuanian Writers’ Union. It has been published since 1946 in Vilnius. The magazine includes articles on cultural events, literature, music, visual arts, theater, film, architecture, Lithuanian cultural heritage, as well as original and translated fiction.

ŠIAURĖS ATĖNAI (transl. Northern Athens) is a biweekly magazine. It focuses on literature but writes also about all the culture field in Lithuania and abroad.

VILNIUS REVIEW is an online journal of Lithuanian literature in translation. Its aim is to promote of Lithuanian fiction, poetry and literary nonfiction. Here you will find extracts from the latest novels, poems and short stories from the latest collections, and essays and excerpts from the most interesting Lithuanian non-fiction works.


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