Lillehammer is already a hotspot for literature. It is a UNESCO City of Literature, and the next IPA congress is expected to coincide with the Norwegian Festival of Literature in May 2020. The news that the Norwegian city will host the next congress was announced in New Delhi last week: “I am delighted that Lillehammer will host the 2020 IPA International Publishers Congress. This 32nd edition will be a tough act to follow but it has already sown many ideas for 2020”, said Kristenn Einarsson, the managing director of Norwegian Publishers Association. Einarsson is the chair of IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee.
The vice president of IPA, Hugo Setzer, emphasized the economic and social importance of IPA’s work: “ During this congress a compelling case was made for the value of publishing, highlighting our contribution to literacy, education, employment, the economy, and upholding of functioning democracies. I look forward to taking this message from India to Norway in 2020.”
The IPA congress is a biannual gathering of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations from more than sixty nations around the world. Among its main aims are the promotion of the freedom to publish and the freedom of expression. One of the topics discussed at this year’s conference in New Delhi, concerned the gender inequities in publishing. The advances that women have made in publishing in the Nordic countries may be inspiring for many national associations when Lillehammer will host the next IPA congress in 2020.