The London Book Fair – one of the most important meeting of the publishing industry in the world – starts today, on the 14th of March. This year, the prestigious role of the so-called Market Focus, or honorary guest, will be Poland. We are also there, and you can find us at the Polish stand, run by the Book Institute and British Council.
The London Book Fair is another great challenge, but also an opportunity to present the great strength of Krakow – literature – abroad. The programme of the Fair was divided into several thematic blocks: a cultural and industry programme, as well as a special presentation – PubTechPoland – taking place on the Polish exhibition. The representatives of the Krakow Festival Office will promote local initiatives and literary events taking place in Krakow. They will also take part in discussions and industry meetings. The voice of the KBF will be also heard during the PubTechPoland presentation, where they will present both Miłosz Festival and Conrad Festival, both listed among the most important literary events in the world.
The appearance of Poland as the honorary guest of the International Book Fair in London is accompanied by an extensive literary and industry programme. As part of the events, the most interesting and important phenomena present in Polish literature, as well as trends and directions of development of the Polish book market will be presented to the British audience. In London, we are going to meet the most important Polish publishing houses, as well as eleven Polish writers, including: Jacek Dehnel (Lala and Mother Makryna), Artur Domosławski (Śmierć w Amazonii and Wykluczeni, as well as the famous biography of Ryszard Kapuściński), Marta Ignerska (co-author of Wszystko gra and Alfabet), Marzanna Bogumiła Kielar (Monodia and Materia prima), Olga Tokarczuk (The Books of Jacob) and Ewa Winnicka (Londyńczycy and Angola).
Apart from the fair in Frankfurt, the London Book Fair is the most important industry event in the world. Every year, 1500 publishers on average present their offer to the 25 000 guests visiting the fair – mostly people connected with the publishing industry.
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