2 December 2014


Call for applications: World Book Capital 2017

The Selection Committee for the World Book Capital is calling for nominations for the World Book Capital 2017.

Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry—the International Publishers Association (IPA), International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)—select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year.

This initiative, in addition to the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, represents a collaborative undertaking by key stakeholders in the publishing world and cities to promote books and literacy.

Complete details

Complete applications including a cover or support letter from the Mayor of the candidate-city and drafted in one of UNESCO Secretariat’s working languages (English or French), should reach UNESCO no later than Saturday 25 April 2015. No application received after this date will be taken into consideration.

Current & upcoming World Book Capitals

  • 2014: Port Harcourt (Nigeria)
  • 2015: Incheon (Republic of Korea)
  • 2016: Wrocław (Poland)

Past World Book Capitals

Madrid (Spain, 2001), Alexandria (Egypt, 2002), New Delhi (India, 2003), Antwerp (Belgium, 2004), Montreal (Canada, 2005), Turin (Italy, 2006), Bogotá (Colombia, 2007), Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2008), Beirut (Lebanon, 2009), Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2010), Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2011), Yerevan (Armenia, 2012), Bangkok (Thailand, 2013).

World Book Capital sponsors

Libraries, Archives, Museums, Monuments and Sites, Literacy, Reading, UNESCO, World Book Capital

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