28 years of serving Ukraine with faith and truth, fighting for Ukrainian culture and the book as the president of the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association. Thank you, dear Oleksandr, for your unquestionable authority and professionalism, personal honesty and decency, wisdom and dignity, courage and faithfulness to your duty and your word. Health, strength, stability and victories, dear honorary president of the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association. Honor and dignity!

Dear members of the Public Union Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association!

We inform you that on March 12, 2024, a meeting of the Board of the Association was held, at which the statement of Oleksandr Afonin about his resignation from the position of president of the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association was considered.

Read more: Information notice regarding the resignation of Oleksandr Afonin

Our dear friends, colleagues, and partners!

On behalf of the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association, I wish to sincerely congratulate you on the coming holidays - Christmas and the New Year 2024!

I wish you all a peaceful sky, vitality and strength, good health, family harmony, and prosperity! May all your plans and dreams come true! Successful projects and their successful implementation!

A huge thank you to all of you for understanding and supporting us in such a difficult and tragic time for Ukraine.

Best regards
Oleksandr Afonin,
President of the Ukrainian Publishers & Booksellers Association

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

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