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May in Warsaw – the month of books and reading!



Nearly 800 exhibitors from 32 countries, 1000 creators, 1500 events – this is what the 8th Warsaw Book Fair has to offer. Starting on 18 May, the WBF is the largest international event of the book industry in Poland.


It is already the eight edition of the Warsaw Book Fair, this time featuring nearly 800 exhibitors from 32 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Germany, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Those who love books and reading will have a unique opportunity to get autographs, buy new publications and participate in interesting events. 1000 authors will come to meet their readers during the four days of the Fair at the National Stadium (PGE Narodowy). The organisers and their partners have prepared a broad and varied offer: 1500 programme events, including meetings with authors, debates, conferences, workshops, literature lessons, attractions for children, literary and art events, literary and industry-related awards, competitions and exhibitions.


Germany – the Guest of Honour

From 18 to 21 May, Germany will be the Guest of Honour of the 8th Warsaw Book Fair. The motto of the programme prepared by the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “Worte bewegen. Siła słów” (The Power of Words). The programme presents literature as a space for open dialogue and for the exchange of thoughts, emotions and information.

The German stand will present the diversity of German culture and literature. Herta Müller, a laureate of the Nobel Prize, will be a special guest at the stand. Other representatives of German literature will include, among others: Charlotte Link – author of numerous best selling novels, Wolfgang Bauer, Artur Becker, Jakob Hein, Alice Pantermüller and Daniela Kohl. In total, 11 authors from Germany will visit the Warsaw Book Fair.  The programme will also cover debates on important topics, not only related to literature, meetings for the industry, workshops, and activities for children. The Warsaw Book Fair will be a good opportunity to meet German publishers and to get to know their offer – 66 exhibitors will present 800 books.

Nearly 1000 writers, translators, illustrators, journalists, and representatives of the world of culture

As always, the Fair will be a unique opportunity to meet the most famous, liked and awarded authors of Polish and foreign books of all genres, with translators, illustrators and representatives of the world of culture. We will host many authors from Germany: the Noble Prize winner Herta Müller, Charlotte Link, Wolfgang Bauer, as well as: Hanna Krall, Józef Hen, Professor Zbigniew Mikołejko, Professor Karol Modzelewski, Professor Jerzy Bralczyk, Jarosław Mikołajewski, Tomasz Jastrun, Adam Zagajewski, Marcin Świetlicki, Wioletta Grzegorzewska, Jonathan Carroll, Evald Flisar, Maria Nurowska, Krzysztof Varga, Szczepan Twardoch,  Łukasz Orbitowski, Janusz Rudnicki, Agata Tuszyńska, Artur Domosławski, Ziemowit Szczerek, Filip Springer, Wojciech Kuczok, Elżbieta Cherezińska, Janusz Leon Wiśniewski, Jacek Pałkiewicz, Wojciech Cejrowski, Mariusz Czubaj, Katarzyna Bonda, Remigiusz Mróz, Wojciech Chmielarz, Katarzyna Puzyńska, Jakub Ćwiek, David Lagercrantz, Maxime Chattam, Graham Masterton.


Many meetings, workshops and activities for organised groups of school students as well as families with children

We have prepared a rich and varied programme for children and teenagers, in cooperation with: CzasDzieci.pl, the Children Literature Festival, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Literature, the Museum of Romanticism in Opinogóra, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Independence in Warsaw, KARTA Centre, and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Literature and history lessons, workshops, meeting with authors of books for children and teenagers, and exhibitions. There will be lots of attractions, with a total of 115 creators – writers and illustrators of books for children and teenagers, including: Margarett Borroughdame, Alice Pantermüller and Daniela Kohl, Martin Widmark, Ifi Ude, Bohdan Butenko, Edward Lutczyn, Maciej Wojtyszko, Joanna Olech, Ewa Chotomska, Professor Joanna Papuzińska, Joanna Rusinek, Barbara Kosmowska, Grzegorz Kasdepke, Rafał Kosik, Wojciech Widłak, Agnieszka Stelmaszyk, Cezary Harasimowicz and Marcin Szczygielski. There will also be lots of new releases!


Interesting programme of meetings for the book industry

Representatives of the industry at the WBF: booksellers, librarians and printers, can participate in many interesting meetings, debates and workshops organised together with the Polish Chamber of Books, the Polish Book Publishers Association, the National Library of Poland, the Book Institute, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and the Capital City of Warsaw. We especially recommend meetings on the broadly defined publishing market in Germany, France and China and on books for children and their role in shaping the reading habits. The WBF also has a separate section for literary agents – an important element of the publishing market.


The WBF Online Book Catalogue is a joint project by the Public Library of the City of Warsaw – the Main Library of the Mazovian Voivodship – and Murator EXPO, the executive organiser of the Warsaw Book Fair. Based on the database of the Polish publishing market ‘LibriKo’, the Catalogue is a tool containing easily searchable information about books released in previous years offered by our exhibitors. The Catalogue can be accessed online and in the Information Office directly at the Fair. It will help WBF visitors find specific publications among various stands.

Online Book Fair

The Warsaw Book Fair will be complemented by the Online Book Fair, scheduled for 15–28 May 2017, at etargi-ksiazki.waw.pl. Using a modern Internet platform, companies operating in the publishing and bookselling industry can present their offers just as at traditional book fairs. The online edition of the Fair makes it possible to browse through the exhibitors’ offers for all those who cannot participate in the traditional Fair and those who did not manage to contact their favourite exhibitors. The main strength of the Online Book Fair is that its lasts significantly longer and is much more accessible – every Internet user can visit it at any time, without any limitations and without the need to leave home. To make it easier to get around, we have divided the Online Book Fair into sectors and we have prepared an extensive thematic catalogue of offers.


Friday – The Day of Academic and Science Books – the 11th edition of ACADEMIA

The Science and Academic Book Fair ACADEMIA will be held in Warsaw for the 11th time, accompanying the Warsaw Book Fair at the National Stadium already for the fifth time. The event has been initiated by the university publishers Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego (University of Warsaw Press) and Oficyna Wydawnicza Politechniki Warszawskiej (Publishing House of the Warsaw University of Technology) and has been organised for several years on their behalf by Murator EXPO. Academic and science publishers will once again present their offers in the Business Club section. Each year, the ACADEMIA competition for the best academic and science book is an important event at the Warsaw Book Fair. The competition covers science books, academic textbooks, monographs, publishing series and translations. Apart from the Grand Prix and other awards, the participants can win the following prestigious awards: The Award of the Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology for the best academic publication in the field of technology and exact sciences and the Award of the Rector of the University of Warsaw for the best academic publication in the field of human and social sciences. This year’s edition of the competition is special: 56 publishers have entered over 130 books. The official meeting of academic and scientific publishers, combined with the announcement of the results of the ACADEMIA Competition 2017, will take place on Friday, 19 May, at 4 p.m., in the Amsterdam Hall of PGE Narodowy.


Warsaw highlights

The stand of the Capital City of Warsaw (“Zaczytana Warszawa”) is mainly devoted to the Warsaw Literary Award, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Therefore, we have prepared an exhibition depicting the history of the Award, a presentation of books written by the past winners and nominees and meetings with authors, which are special highlights of the Fair this year.

Warsaw also sponsors another important literary award – the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage; the Warsaw stand will feature books for which this award has been granted.

The stand of the Capital City of Warsaw will also include Warsaw's cultural institutions: The stand of the Capital City of Warsaw will also represent Warsaw's cultural institutions: Dom Spotkań z Historią, the Warsaw Rising Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Warsaw, with a rich variety of publications related to the history of the city, as well as art and culture. The Warsaw Tourist Office will encourage visitors to see what the city has to offer and to explore it.

Saturday – the Reportage Day at the WBF

The Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage has been with us as long as the Warsaw Book Fair. Both events have been connected with each other from the beginning. As usual, Saturday at the Warsaw Book Fair is the Reportage Day. Throughout the day, there will be various meetings with the finalists of the eight edition of the Award. The Award is a unique opportunity to meet the authors of the most meaningful reportage books, discussing important contemporary problems, forcing us to reflect, deepening our knowledge of other cultures. The programme includes meetings with: Martín Caparrós, the author of “Hunger” (Polish translation published by Wydawnictwo Literackie) and the translator of the book, Marta Szafrańska-Brandt; Cezary Łazarewicz, the author of “Żeby nie było śladów. Sprawa Grzegorza Przemyka” (published by Czarne); Aneta Prymaka-Oniszk, the author of the reportage “Bieżeństwo 1915. Zapomniani uchodźcy” (published by Czarne); and the special guest, Paolo Rumiz, Italian writer and journalist, a friend of Ryszard Kapuściński, with the participation of Joanna Malawska, the translator of “La Leggenda Dei Monti Naviganti” (published in Polish by Czarne).


Comic Book Warsaw Festival

The Festival is the largest and the best comic event in Warsaw, linked with the WBF from the very beginning. The programme of the Festival includes meetings with comic creators from all around the world, workshops and exhibitions.

This year, we will host world-class authors, such as: Dave McKean (a British graphic artist; premiere of the Polish edition of his graphic novel “Cages”), Gipi (an Italian comic creator), James Sturm (an American author of graphic novels). Moreover, many famous Polish and foreign authors of comics for children and adults.

A meeting with the French authors of the comic book “Irena” about Irena Sendlerowa will be a highlight of the Festival. The book was released in Poland only 2 months after the French premiere.


Competitions, Awards and Nominations

The Warsaw Book Fair is a special time for readers and creators alike. It is the place where many nominations are announced each year, for example to awards such as:  The Literary Award GDYNIA, the Literary Award NIKE and the Literary Award for Female Authors GRYFIA. We can also learn the results of many other competitions: the Honorary WBF Award IKAR, the International Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage, the ACADEMIA Award for the best academic and science book, the Award of “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” ECONOMICUS, the Jerzy and Hanna Kuryłowicz Award for the best book translation in the technical field, the Polish Librarians Association’s Award ‘Librarian of the Year’, the Magellan Award for the best tourist book, the 57th edition of ‘The Most Beautiful Books of the Year’ organised by the Polish Book Publishers Association, and the Ranking of Polish Book Printing Houses ‘Publishers Select Printing Houses’.


The 8th Warsaw Book Fair 2017

18 May 2017 (Thursday)               10:00–18:00                       20 May 2017 (Saturday) 10:00–19:00

19 May 2017 (Friday)                     10:00–19:00                       21 May 2017 (Sunday)   10:00–17:00

The official Opening ceremony of the 8th Warsaw Book Fair and the 11th Academic and Science Book Fair ACADEMIA will take place on 18 May, at 12:00, on the Main Stage.

Tickets will be available in ticket offices on the following days within the WBF’s opening hours: Pre-sales of tickets will be held online at twojbilet24.pl.

The website twojbilet24.pl is also where journalists, bloggers and librarians can sign up to visit the Fair. More information at targi-ksiazki.waw.pl


Honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

Honorary Committee:            Prof. Piotr Gliński – Vice-President of the Council of Ministers,

                                               Ministry of Culture and National Heritage,

Mr Jarosław Gowin – Vice-President of the Council of Ministers,

Minister of Science and Higher Education

Mr Marek Michalak – Ombudsman for Children

Prof. Jerzy Duszyński – President of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Dr Tomasz Makowski – Director of the National Library

Mr Dariusz Jaworski – Director of the Book Institute

Mr Adam Struzik – Marshal of the Mazovian Voivodeship

Ms Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz – President of Warsaw


Guest of Honour                                             GERMANY

Partners of the Guest of Honour             Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Frankfurt Book Fair


Organizer                                           Targi Książki sp. z o.o.

Executive organizer                       Murator EXPO sp. z o.o.

Patrons                                                               Polish Book Publishers Association, Polish Chamber of Books

Polish Chamber of Press Publishers, Association of Authors and Publishers COPYRIGHT POLSKA, Polish Association of Writers and Composers (ZAiKS), Polish Librarians Association, Polish Booksellers Association, Polish Chamber of Booksellers, Polish Chamber of Printing, Catholic Publishers Association, Association of Publishers of Historical Books, University Publishers Association, Polish Writers’ Union, Association of Polish Writers, Polish Association of Translators and Interpreters, Literary Translators Association, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Koleje Mazowieckie


Media patrons                        Radio ESKA, Gazeta Wyborcza, KSIĄŻKI Magazyn do czytania

                                               Magazyn Literacki KSIĄŻKI, Polska Agencja Prasowa

Biblioteka Analiz, Wydawca, rynek-ksiazki.pl, Lubimyczytac.pl

Granice.pl , publio.pl, Podróże, Cogito, Wyspa, Victor, Victor Junior

Kumpel, Zwierciadło


Cooperating Media                        Stolica, Mówią Wieki, Charaktery, Wyspa, Bibliotekarz, Poradnik Bibliotekarza, Forum Akademickie, Świat Druku, se.pl, Super Express

                                                               Silesian Book Bloggers, Print and Publishing


Information support                      Warsaw Public Library / Main Library of the Mazovian Voivodeship



Partner of the Exhibitors’ Evening                                          Royal Castle in Warsaw


Organizers of the Comic-Book Warsaw Festival                               CONTUR Creators Association

                                                                                                              Polish Comics Association



Tickets will be available in ticket offices on the following days within the WBF’s opening hours: Pre-sales of tickets will be held online at twojbilet24.pl. The website twojbilet24.pl is also where journalists, bloggers and librarians can sign up to visit the Fair.


More at targi-ksiazki.waw.pl


  Dorota Sadowińska-Rzepka, Project Coordinator

 (+48) 662 666 389;


Małgorzata Kanownik, PR Coordinator

 (+48) 505 245 837,


Agnieszka Ziemiańska, Marketing Director

(+48) 660 448 591,



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