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Catch the Legendary “Kihivas” as Istvan Kopar’s Book Goes on Exhibition at the LibLearnX 2023

“Kihivas” is the epitome for readers of what it means to overcome life’s challenges.

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Catch the book display of Istvan Kopar’s “Kihivas: Alone at the Ends of the Earth” at the LibLearnX 2023 this coming January 27-30, 2023.

The Hungarian sailor who conquered the world with his solo one-stop circumnavigation of the globe will get a book display at one of the most important library events of 2023. Made possible by the self-publishing company ReadersMagnet, Istvan Kopar’s book “Kihivas: Alone at the Ends of the Earth” joins the LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX) 2023, which will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, on January 27-30, 2023.

Formerly called the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the LibLearnX is open to all ALA members and non-members. Event participants can look forward to special programs, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, and speaking engagements from some of the biggest names in the library industry. “Kihivas” will join other notable published works on display at the LLX Marketplace, alongside some of the library community’s latest technologies and services.

“Kihivas” is more than just a book on sailing, this is written for everyone, and its main message is that anything is possible with commitment and endurance. Istvan Kopar wrote “Life is too valuable to waste it and everyone should search for their own ‘Mount Everest’ and prepare for its ‘climbing.’”

In the book, Hungarian native Istvan Kopar records his thrilling adventures, including his insights that led him to fulfill a lifelong dream. The author talks about building his 31-foot yacht, Salammbo, battling the waves brought by the strong winds of the Roaring Forties, to sailing without GPS, autopilot, radar, water-maker, or any heating device. “Kihivas” echoes the strong Hungarian maritime heritage that guided the sailor as he accomplished his greatest undertakings.

Read the mesmerizing and inspiring true-to-life story of Istvan Kopar in “Kihivas: Alone at the Ends of the Earth.” Order a copy on Amazon. Visit the book displat at the ReadersMagnet exhibit booth at the LibLearnX 2023.

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“Kihivas: Alone at the Ends of the Earth”
Author | Istvan Kopar
Published date | 2015
Publisher | Self published
Book Genre | Sailing

Author Bio

Istvan Kopar was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953. At the age of seventeen, Istvan joined the merchant marine. He worked for MAHART (Hungarian Shipping Company) from 1971 to 1984. Istvan also worked as a naval officer, sailing racer, and instructor. He started his marina/charter operation and sailing school in Europe in the 1980s.

From 2000 to 2010, Istvan served as one of the operational managers of the biggest vessel recovery company in the U.S. He has taught at the Sea School, Fort Lauderdale, as an instructor and was also a instructor trainer for the U.S. Sailing. Istvan is also a USCG-licensed commercial captain.

Istvan’s proudest accomplishment to date was his solo one-stop circumnavigation of the globe, 1990-1991. He built his boat for the voyage, Salammbo. His first book, “Kihivas” (“The Challenge”), details his adventures on this voyage. After Istvan returned home, Salammbo was exhibited at the 1992 World Expo in Seville, Spain, alongside a replica of the Santa Maria and the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery. Istvan completed his 3rd circumnavigation under US flag in 2018/19 and he is the only American sailor who was able to finish in the Golden Globe Race, the longest and most brutal competition in sport history.

Istvan moved to the United States in 1994 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2000. He has two adult children and lives with his wife in Boca Raton, Florida.

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 Istvan Kopar
 Solo Circumnavigator

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