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Consonance: literature as a mirror of the era

Consonance: literature as a mirror of the era
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On 6 September, as part of the Day of Belarusian Written Language the Library hosted a meeting of the international round table "Consonance: literature as a mirror of the age".

The event was organized by the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus, the publishing house Zvyazda, the Belarusian Writers’ Union, the National Library of Belarus.

The round table held on the eve of the Day of Belarusian Written Language was held in the eighth time and gathered together well-known writers and scholars from different countries. The participants annually discussed the most topical issues of international cultural cooperation, problems of translation of literary heritage into other languages, issues related to modern publishing and literary periodicals.

This year, the forum was attended by speakers from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Lithuania.

A welcoming speech was made by Alexander Radkov, the First Deputy of the Head of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus, and Liliya Ananich, the Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus, who noted that the exchange of spiritual and moral potential strengthens the spiritual culture, spiritual morality of each countries – participants of the round table.

At the event, there was discussed the role of literature in the present stage of its development, problems and prospects of development of national literatures, issues of literary translation and cultural relationships



How Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck Became the First Book Merch

11 Jun 2021

You often want to boast about your new hobby to the whole world to know. Got hooked on a book? Buy bookmarks with quotes Discovered a new fancy music band? Hurry up, you need a T-shirt with their logo! Impressed by a new film? Well, you get the train of thought. No matter what we admire, there is a suitable merch somewhere in the world – clothes, accessories and other branded items. It is believed that the era of merch began with Disney's Snow White and the release of the main character, gnomes and kind animal friends toys. But few people know that the first real merchandise was... bookish. Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen, today we'll take a look at how Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter became pioneers in this difficult endeavour and what came of it.

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