Jorge Semprún (2006)
13th International Book Festival Budapest was threw open by Mr László Sólyom, President of Hungary, who shared his worries about the decline of the culture of reading, also mentioning that only high-quality books, extraordinary authors and successful cultural events can stop and turn this trend. The highlight fell on the Spanish literature and publishing and Spain came out with a rich assortment of books and excellent writers. Budapest Grand Prize was awarded to Jorge Semprún. Unfortunately, the Book Festival and the very tense Hungarian parliamentary elections were held at the same time, probably that was the reason for the lower number of visitors, but still more than 50.000 people came to the Congress Center.