Umberto Eco (2007)

The very well attended International Book Festival Budapest, held for the fourteenth time in a pleasant and high-spirited atmosphere, took leave of the Budapest Congress Center that had been a very suitable venue for the largest-scale international event of the Hungarian book world since 1994. The Festival’s Guest of Honour writer, world-famous Umberto Eco attracted tens of thousands. The Hungarian reading public showed a warm interest for Canada’s representative presentation, contemporary literature and publishing output as well as the photo exhibition featuring notable Hungarian-Canadians. The seventh European First Novel Festival, jointly organised by 19 countries, was particularly popular with the younger audiences. The Festival was attended by publishers from 25 countries, with the Guest of Honour country, Canada, as well as China and—organised by Denmark—the Scandinavian countries exhibiting their book production at separate stands for the first time. With nearly 55,000 visitors, the 14th International Book Festival Budapest had a significantly higher attendance than in the year before.