Lawrence Norfolk (2002)

The book industry-related programmes of the 9th International Book Festival Budapest focused on international conferences about accession to the European Union. The results of a large-scale survey about the book reading, purchasing and library collecting habits of Hungarians were published during the Festival, confirming the unbroken development of the Hungarian reading culture, also reflected in turnover data. As a gesture to requite the Hungarian cultural season in Italy the Guest of Honour was contemporary Italian literature with world-famous writers present. The Budapest Grand Prize was received by the Englishman Lawrence Norfolk from Gábor Demszky, Mayor of Budapest.