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Hungary – Guest of Honour Barcelona and Catalan literature – Special Guest of the Warsaw Book Fair 2016

12.05.2016

Hungary – Guest of Honour

Barcelona and Catalan literature – Special Guest

of the Warsaw Book Fair 2016

 

The 7th Warsaw Book Fair will take place on 19–22 May 2016 at PGE Narodowy. Guests from two linguistic areas that are less known in Poland: the Guest of Honour – Hungary and the Special Guest – Barcelona and Catalan literature, will bring a dual cultural element to the Fair. The Fair will gather more than 800 exhibitors from 25 countries and almost 1000 authors. The four-day event will also feature nearly 1500 events: meetings, discussions, debates, presentations, competitions, literary and artistic attractions, and exhibitions.

At the Hungarian stand, visitors will have the opportunity to experience not only interesting literature: starting with the classics, through contemporary literature, to fascinating historical studies, but also the rich culture of that country. This extensive presence of Hungary at the WBF is related to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the commencement of the Hungarian Culture Year in Poland. Warsaw will be visited by, among others: István Kovács, Endre László Varga, Csaba Gy. Kiss, György Spiró, Lajos Grendel, János Háy, Johanna Bodor and Krisztina Tóth. Hungary’s programme for the WBF was developed owing to the Hungarian Embassy in Poland and the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw.

The Catalan presence at the WBF provides the opportunity for the broadest contact with Catalan literature in Poland so far. The Fair will include many literary meetings, professional events, and on Thursday – the ‘Sport Meets Culture’ programme block prepared in association with FC Barcelona. The WBF will be visited by: Sebastià Alzamora, Blanca Busquets, Jaume Cabré, Jenn Díaz, Rafel Nadal, Marc Pastor, Jordi Puntí, Care Santos, Màrius Serra and Jordi Sierra i Fabra. The organizer of the Barcelona and Catalan Literature feature is Institut Ramon Llull, in cooperation with the Barcelona Council and the Council for Participation, Transparency and Culture of the Government of the Balearic Islands, as well as FC Barcelona.

Eleven well-known and highly valued writers will come to the Fair from various parts of the world to present their works at the stand devoted to francophone literature (from Algeria, Canada, France, Haiti, Morocco, Turkey, Wallonia-Brussels): Pierre Assouline (Goncourt Academy), Tahar Ben Jelloun (Goncourt Academy), Elisabeth Carrier, Barbara Constantine, Paul Colize, Nedim Gürsel, Hermann (Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2016), Georges Mink, Boualem Sansal (French Academy's Grand Prix for the Best Novel in 2015), Lyonel Trouillot and Dominique Wolton. The ‘Literary Ukraine’ Salon, which will accompany the Fair, will host 20 publishers from Ukraine. The participants will share experience and assess the development perspectives of the Polish and Ukrainian book markets.

Some of the accompanying events certainly worth mentioning are meeting with authors: Simon Sebag Montefiore, a British historian and author of bestsellers; Paullina Simons, an American writer of Russian origin; Rüdiger Safranski, a German author of bestsellers on philosophy and the history of human thought; Barbara Frischmuth; and the South Korean writer Kim Young-ha. In addition, a real treat for all fans of crime fiction – a meeting with the Danish representatives of this genre: Michael Katz Krefeld, A.J. Kazinski and Lotte&Soren Hammer, or with the star of German crime stories, Nele Neuhaus.

At the Comic-Book Warsaw Festival, which always accompanies the Warsaw Book Fair, you can meet
many creators of comics from all around the world, for example: Hermann Huppen, Marcel Ruijters, Osvaldo Medina, Marcello Quintanilha–Wolfram and Klaas Verplancke.

Naturally, the Fair will also include many attractions for those who love Polish literature. You can meet writers, translators, illustrators, journalists, and representatives of the world of culture: Katarzyna Bonda, Bohdan Butenko, Jerzy Bralczyk, Iga Cembrzyńska, Iwona Chmielewska, Anna Czerwińska-Rydel, Mariusz Czubaj, Jacek Dehnel, Andrzej Friszke, Józef Hen, Jacek Hugo-Bader, Wojciech Karpiński, Grzegorz Kasdepke, Barbara Krafftówna, Hanna Krall, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Piotr Nesterowicz, Łukasz Orbitowski, Kazimierz Orłoś, Joanna Papuzińska, Jerzy Pilch, Karolina Korwin Piotrowska, Mariola Pryzwan, Eustachy Rylski, Małgorzata Strzałkowska, Mariusz Szczygieł, Michał Rusinek, Olga Tokarczuk, Agnieszka Tyszka, Adam Wajrak, Adam Wiedemann, Janusz Leon Wiśniewski, Krzysztof Varga, Adam Zagajewski and Zenon Żyburtowicz.

Friday will be the Day of Academic and Science Books. As usual, Saturday is the Reportage Day. Throughout the day, there will be various meetings with authors and translators – finalists of the seventh edition of the International Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage.

There will also be a variety of events for children and teenagers, for example, as part of the Comic Book Warsaw Festival, the Festival of Children’s Literature, history and literature lessons or lectures by the PAN Academy.

Families with children can come to the Warsaw Family Weekend at the stadium field, which will become a peaceful oasis among the hubbub of the Fair, a perfect place to relax on deckchairs near a small café, to take part in the Game Festival or in the extremely popular book exchange organized each year by Lubimyczytac.pl. The Culture Department of the Municipal Office of the City of Warsaw and the Warsaw Programme of Cultural Education (WPEK) invite everyone to the stage located in the stadium field. Here, the visitors can also meet the winners of the Warsaw Literary Award.

According to the 2015 audit of exhibition statistics in Poland performed by CENTREX the Warsaw Book Fair was the largest trade fair in Poland in terms of the number of exhibitors (860), and second largest in terms of the number of visitors (72 000 people), right after the Motor Show Poznan (99 000 people).

The Warsaw Book Fair will be complemented by the Online Book Fair, scheduled for 16–29 May 2016 (etargi-ksiazki.waw.pl).

The 7th WBF will be open: on 19 May (Thursday) from 10:00 to 18:00, on 20 and 21 May (Friday and Saturday) from 10:00 to 19:00 and on 22 May (Sunday) from 10:00 to 17:00. Tickets will be available in ticket booths. Pre-sales of tickets will be held on the website twojbilet24.pl as well as in Warsaw-based EMPiK stores.

More at: targi-ksiazki.waw.pl

 

Contact information:                                   Dorota Sadowińska-Rzepka, Project Coordinator

                                                                       (+48) 662 109 574;

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