The largest national publishing and book-related event in Poland, dedicated not only to the industry, but above all to readers. The beginnings of the Book Fair in Krakow go back to 1997, when 140 exhibitors took part in the event. Today, there are over six times more of them – the 20th edition of the Book Fair in Krakow in 2016 brought 700 exhibitors together and almost 800 authors. And the number of visitors growing every year with nearly 70 000 in that same year, which is proof of the good condition of the Polish book market. The Fair is promotionally combined with the Conrad Festival, forming a creative platform of cooperation for publishing houses, institutions, and media.
To what does the Book Fair in Krakow owe its success? Firstly, its rich programme. Thousands of titles, several hundred exhibitors, hundreds of new publications, and book promotions. Hundreds of the most widely-read writers from Poland and abroad come to Krakow for four days. The Fair’s guests have included: Jeffrey Archer, Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, Professor Jerzy Bralczyk, Rev. Adam Boniecki, Ernest Bryll, Jonathan Carroll, Maxime Chattam, Joanna Chmielewska, Wanda Chotomska, Stanley Cloud, Marlena de Blasi, Jacek Dehnel, Jacek Dukaj, Hal Duncan, Anna Dymna, Marta Fox, Janusz Głowacki, Katarzyna Grochola, Małgorzata Gutowska-Adamczyk, Paweł Huelle, Grzegorz Kasdepke, Father Leon Knabit, Graham Masterton, Marek Krajewski, Ryszard Krynicki, Torgny Lindgren, Ewa Lipska, Rev. Mieczysław Maliński, Dorota Masłowska, Sławomir Mrożek, Szahrnusz Parsipur, Jerzy Pilch, Andrzej Pilipiuk, Meir Shalev, Jadwiga Staniszkis, Andrzej Stasiuk, Wisława Szymborska, Olga Tokarczuk, Wiktor Suworow, Jeanette Winterson, Janusz L. Wiśniewski, Mariusz Wollny, and others. Workshops and panels take place in the Fair area, and literary happenings, theatre performances, and concerts take place across the city. Secondly, competitions dedicated to the representatives of the book market in Poland. During the four days of the event’s duration, winners of the most important Polish polls and competitions are selected, including the Jan Długosz Prize Competition, Edition. A Competition for a Perfectly Edited Book, the Goncourt List: the Polish Choice, a competition for the best textbook and academic course book, the PIK Laurel, and the Ranking of the Polish Presses. Third, diversity. The fair’s sectors are divided thematically, which makes it easier for the visitors to find the offer of the publishing house they are looking for. As part of the event, salons are organised: the Higher Education Institution Publishers’ Salon, the Catholic Publishers’ Salon, the New Media Salon, and the Small Homelands Salon that debuted in 2011. Fourth, new initiatives. For two years now, representatives of the book and publishing industry have had the opportunity to arrange meetings with representatives of their selected publishing houses through the Electronic Meetings Calendar. Also for two years now, the Title of the Fair’s Ambassador has been awarded to four figures of the Polish cultural scene popularising readership and the idea of the Book Fair in Krakow. And fifth, the exceptional atmosphere that prevails in Krakow for the four days of the event, as well as the outstanding personalities providing patronage for the undertaking and supporting it with their authority.
The Book Fair in Krakow is organised under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.