The oldest known publication in Estonian, a Lutheran Catechism, was printed in Lübeck,
Germany, in 1525, and ordered destroyed by the Lübeck Town Hall. The oldest partly extant
Estonian publication, of 1535, is a Catechism by Simon Wanradt and Johann Koell.
The Estonian Book Year from 23 April 2000 to
23 April 2001 is a nation-wide cultural event
to mark the 475th anniversary of the publication of the first book in Estonian.
National Book Years have been held in Estonia twice before – in 1935-36 and 1975-76.
Estonian Book Year