From heart to heart

This story begins in the middle of last year, when I received from one of my colleagues the coordinates of Mr. Askold Melnychuk, a Ukrainian, a US citizen, a writer, a person who is not indifferent to the fate of Ukraine.
During the long conversation that took place between me and Mr. Askold, I told him the difficult conditions in which the Ukrainian book business found itself, how publishing houses and bookstores, their employees, are suffering from hostilities, what is the difficult condition of Ukrainian libraries that have found themselves under temporary occupation or were destroyed or damaged.

The war unleashed by Putin's Russia against Ukraine forced the Ukrainian authorities to concentrate the available budget funds on the organization of defense, the purchase of weapons, providing the soldiers with everything necessary for their protection and effective fight against the enemy, and as a result, expenditures from the state budget, which were intended to finance the sphere culture in general and book publishing in particular were withdrawn and directed to the fulfillment of the country's defense tasks.


At the London Book Fair, which will take place from April 18 to 20 in Olympia London, Ukraine will have a special status: Guest Spotlight ("Country in the focus of attention"). Thanks to the support of the organizers of the fair, a stand with an area of 49.5 square meters was provided free of charge to Ukraine. under number 2B01. The Ukrainian stand, the main organizer of which is the Ukrainian Book Institute, was created as a result of the joint efforts of the UIC and partners: the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / MFA of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the London Book Fair , British Council, Ukrainian Institute - Ukrainian Institute, PEN Ukraine and English PEN, Ukrainian Institute in London, Culture Ambassador, Lviv Book Forum, Ukrainian-Jewish Meeting, Ukrainian Library Association and Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Booksellers.

Read more: London Book Fair 2023: Ukraine is in the spotlight

The Board of the Public Union Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association cordially congratulates the member of the Association LLC "Old Lion Publishing House" for being recognized as the best children's publishing house in Europe - Bologna Prize for the Best Children's Publishers of the Year!

Read more: Congratulations to the Stary Lev Publishing House!

regarding the provision of financial assistance to full-time employees of publishing houses and bookstores who suffered the greatest material and physical losses as a result of hostilities

On December 24, 2022, $10,000 was received from caring citizens of the United States to the accounts of the "Toloka" Charitable Fund, with which the Public Union UPBA concluded a partnership agreement.

Read more: About the results of the distribution of assistance to employees of publishing houses and bookstores

Geneva and Brussels, Friday 24 February 2023

The International Publishers Association and the Federation of European Publishers call for an immediate end to the Russian aggression in Ukraine which has cost the lives of so many, including colleagues from the book sector, and the destruction of schools and libraries.
Two recent IPA meetings dedicated to the freedom to publish and the education situation in Ukraine highlighted the devastating impact of the war. The number of publishers operating in Ukraine has dropped from 1053 in 2021 to 563 in 2022, and educational publishers have been unable to print textbooks for pupils. UNICEF reports that over 2,600 schools have been damaged, affecting 5.3 million children. UNESCO has verified damage to 241 cultural sites including museums and libraries.

Read more: IPA news release on the results of the international conference The Impact of War on the Freedom...

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