CULTURE

Readings in Frankfurt; new e-competition

Two Greek writers, Lena Divani and Ioanna Karystiani, will be in the spotlight at the 2003 Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), which had its official opening yesterday. The Hellenic Foundation for Culture has invited Lena Divani and Ioanna Karystiani to represent Greece in a series of events being held at the fair under the title «Small Languages – Great Literatures.» The other countries involved are Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Cyprus. The two writers will participate in readings and discussions, which start today in the Ikonenmuseum at 8 p.m., and continue till Saturday. The Frankfurt Book Fair expects 270,000 participants this year, including trade visitors, literary rights agents and rights traders and 12,000 journalists from 80 countries. As the largest book trade fair in the world, Frankfurt is the prime location for books and writers to gain international exposure. World Summit Award Two Greek websites have been chosen to compete in the World Summit Award (WSA). The website www.netschoolbook.gr of «The Internet and Teaching» (Kedros, 2001), created by language teachers Tereza Yiakomatou and Sofia Nikolaidou, will participate in the e-learning category, while www.snikolaidou.gr, the website of the novel «Planet Prespa» (Kedros, 2002) will compete in the e-inclusion category. An official side event for the Geneva World Summit on the Information Society, the WSA is a United Nations member states’ initiative of the Austrian Government, UNIDO, and other European countries. Entries have come from 191 countries and the prizes will be awarded on December 11 in Geneva by European Commission President Romano Prodi and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.