In 2017 was held the 15th edition of PLOVDIV READS 2017 in the period 12-18 June 2017. It was organized by Janet 45 Publishing House (host) in partnership and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Plovdiv Municipality, Ivan Vazov Public Library – Plovdiv, Bulgarian Book Association, Trakart Cultural Center.
In its essence the festival is a celebration of the book and attended by renowned publishing houses from all over the country. During the festival, the city center of Plovdiv turns into an immense open-air book shop and suitable spots host meetings with Bulgarian and foreign writers. Natural professional weight is added to the Festival by the annual National Awards “Hristo G. Danov” in literature, organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Culture and Cultural Heritage Directorate with Plovdiv Municipality.
At the official opening ceremony of the Festival at the Roman theatre of Plovdiv, the Mayor of the City bestowed the traditional Wreath of Orpheus (an exquisite sculpture-copy by the artist George Trak) and a monetary reward for high achievements in the field of modern poetry. Over the years this award has been bestowed to the poets Konstantin Pavlov, Valeri Petrov, Boris Hristov, Petar Anastasov, Damyan Damyanov (posthumously), Stefan Tsanev, Ivan Teofilov, Ivan Tsanev, Ivan Valev and Ivan Tsanev.
Since 2015 the organizers of Plovdiv Reads have also presented the Golden Brush award for best book artwork.