Amos Oz (2010)

More than 50,000 books, among them 250 Hungarian novelties published for this occasion and half a thousand exhibitors from 25 countries awaited those visiting the seventeenthInternational Book Festival Budapest at the Millenáris Park. The focus of the more than 370 literary and professional programmes was on the culture of Guest of Honour country Israel. The Guest of Honour writer, world-famous Amos Oz, was received with great attention and interest and welcomed warmly. It happened for the first time that the new book of the winner of the Budapest Grand Prize was sold out at the Festival venue after two days. The European First Novel Festival, supported by the largest-scale collaboration of the EU countries so far, celebrated its tenth anniversary. The representative of Hungary among the young prose-writers from 17 countries was Viktor Horváth. The great variety of books, the many programmes addressing nearly all age groups and the beautiful weather attracted tens of thousands of book lovers to the Festival. It was evident even before the event closed that the number of visitors exceeded 60,000 again last year.