The second edition of the Mediterranean Book Festival which will be held in Croatia's Adriatic city of Split on May 9-13 will offer a number of workshops and panels, and feature Norway's crime fiction superstar Jo Nesbø as a special guest, festival's organisers said on Thursday.
Some 80 publishers will take part in the festival, which will include 21 book premieres and a series of lectures and panel discussions. In addition, and for the first time in Croatia, the entire festival programme will also be printed in Braille.
"I'm pleased to see that emphasis has been put on programmes for children and youths, who will be able to develop their love for reading through workshops, quizzes, and games," Deputy Mayor of Split, Jelena Hrgovic, said.
Some 10,000 titles will be on offer to the public at 70 percent discounts, while the new books presented will be loosely related to the two geographic themes inaugurated in last year's edition - Herzegovina and Dalmatia.
In addition, Norway's very own Jo Nesbø, whose crime fiction novels starring detective Harry Hole of the Oslo police have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, will make an appearance at the festival on May 11, to talk about his latest novel, a noir fiction re-telling of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth released in April.