New Brunswick writer K.V. Johansen will be a guest of honour at the Days of Canadian Literature event April 26-28 in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, a country that gained independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Half the size of Nova Scotia, Macedonia avoided the worst of the violence and ethnic cleansing in the civil wars of the former Yugoslavia. Macedonian writers and publishers are now hoping to create not only a new nation, but a new children’s literature that will contribute to a peaceful and tolerant future in which both of the country’s dominant languages – Macedonian and Albanian – will be cherished and supported.
Via Gerard Beirne