The Krakow Book Fair

September Book Fair with focus on Stanisław Lem

The last Krakow Book Fair this year will take place on 9 and 10 September in Marii Magdaleny Square. Stanisław Lem’s birth anniversary on the post-Fair Tuesday will serve as a theme for the nearest edition of this regular open-air book event. As always, a dozen or so antiquarians and booksellers from Krakow and the entire region will present their offers, accompanied by outdoor performances, literary walks and events inspired by the works of the most frequently translated Polish author of all time. Come and see the fantastic fair!

Hobbyist bookshop Fankomiks; antiquarian bookshops: Hulaj Pole, Suszek, Abecadło, Szafa Pełna Książek and 451 stopni; American Bookstore, and antiquarian bookshop Świat w Tunelu, as well as second-hand booksellers operating every week at Hala Targowa – the offer prepared for the last fair of the year will please all self-respecting bibliophiles. The Krakow Book Fair is a regular outdoor event by which Krakow – as the first and only Polish UNESCO City of Literature – promotes the idea of used book circulation and reminds the readers that good literature never grows old. The quaint marketplace of Św. Marii Magdaleny Square will not only let the visitors rummage through books but also rest on a deckchair with a book and a cup of delicious coffee from Bike Café.

The case of Stanisław Lem in Polish literature is very particular. Not only is he an author who, 11 years after his death, still boasts print runs worthy of any decent contemporary writer, but also a genius philosopher and futurologist whose visions often materialised before our very eyes. The September edition of Krakow Book Fair will be devoted to the most famous Polish sci-fi author: we invite you to an open-air performance based on Mortal Engines and Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics narrated by the professional storyteller Mateusz Świstak, founder of Baśnie na warsztacie project (Saturday 9 September at 3:00 p.m.), the signing of a newly published biography – Lem. Życie nie z tej ziemi (Lem. A Life out of this world) – by Wojciech Orliński, and a walk through Krakow following in the footsteps of the author of Solaris.

During the fair, you can also come across a bike of the Flying Reading Room of the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow, offering books to borrow for free and with no returning deadline.

Krakow Book Fair

Św. Marii Magdaleny Square
(between Grodzka and Kanonicza Streets)
9-10 September 2017
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


JULY: Krakow Book Fair – summer edition!

The silly season phenomenon clearly does not affect literary life in Krakow.Specially for the beginning of summer holidays, the Krakow Festival Office – operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme invites you to the Krakow Book Fair – another edition of cyclical open-air event where we present the offer of booksellers from Krakow and the region.The fair will be held on Sunday, July 9, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the charming Marii Magdaleny Square.

The Second-Hand Bookstores Hulaj PoleAbecadłoSzafa Pełna Książek and our friends from Katowice Second-Hand Bookstores Suszek and 451stopni; Hobby Bookstore FankomiksAmerican Bookstore, and Świat w Tunelu who usually operates in the underpass near the “Jubilat” Department Store, as well as booksellers known from Sunday mornings at Hala Targowa – second-hand book offer at the Krakow Book Fair seems great as usual!The idea behind the fair organised since 2016 is to popularise second-hand books as full-value reading for the young and the old, and to remind about the long antiquarian tradition of the first Polish UNESCO City of Literature event.

At the fair, you can also have coffee from the Bike Café, taste exquisite hummus from Hummus Amamamusi, and roasted chestnuts from Pan Kasztan.

The fair will also boast cultural events, including the meeting with editors of KONTENT and WIDMA poetry magazinesplanned for 2:00 PM. WIDMA gathers some of the best contemporary and avant-garde poets from Poland and the USA, offering parallel translations of poetry.This is also the first ever publication by Massolit Bookstore (4 Felicjanek Street).KONTENT quarterly is a fresh title by students of the Polish studies at the Jagiellonian University.

At 4:00 PM, Paweł Chojnacki will deliver a lecture about Zygmunt Nowakowski.The lecture with the presentation of antique publications from the author’s archives will be a great opportunity to remind about this great, but forgotten Cracovian – writer and journalist with a very vivid biography (1891-1963).During the fair, you can also come across a Lotna Czytelnia (Mobile Library) bike of the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow, where you can borrow books entirely for free with no time limit for reading.


Krakowski Kiermasz Książki - wakacje


JUNE: Krakow Book Fair – poetry in the open air

In a few days (on the weekend from 10 to11 June) a book fair will be held on the picturesque Św. Marii Magdaleny Square. During the Miłosz Festival a dozen or so antique book sellers and bouquinistes from Krakow and the region will showcase their offer. Classical prose, good comic strips, iconic albums on art, and first of all poetry, will be presented. Literary Emergency Department will come to rescue non-practicing readers. Poetry reading in the open-air will also be offered under the OFF Miłosz stream of the Festival. Traditionally, we will also care for some food to nourish the body. You may also linger on a deckchair reviewing new acquisitions.

The Krakow Book Fair is a periodic, small-scale event organised by the Krakow Festival Office – the operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme. The Office wants to restore used books to their former splendour and to remind the readers that good literature never grows old. During the second edition of the book fair in this year some antique book shops: Hulaj Pole, Abecadło, Szafa Pełna Książek, Suszek and 451 stopni, hobbyist bookshops Fankomiks and American Bookstore, as well as bouquinistes, who can be met on Sunday morning next to Hala Targowa market and daily in the underground passage by Jubilat Department Store will set up their stalls on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 am – 6.00 pm on Św. Marii Magdaleny Square .

There will be a lot of opportunities for discussion – on Saturday 10 June from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm under the Literary Emergency Department campaign, experts from Czas Dzieci Foundation, dressed in doctor’s lab coats will offer good reading tips. In connection with the Miłosz Festival which begins on 8 June, we will focus on poetryOn Sunday, 11 June, at 2.00 pm under OFF Miłosz stream of the Festival, the holders of Visegrad Residency scholarships at Villa Decius and the residency programme of Krakow UNESCO City of Literature will read poetry in the open air . Throughout the entire week you will also see a bike of the Flying Reading Room of the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow on the site, offering a lot of books to lend for free and without keeping the deadline to return.

If you are hungry or thirsty, you can have a coffee and ice-creams offered by the stylish Kavke Cafe van and delicious hummus prepared by Hummus Amamamusi.


The June fair is part of the Days of Krakow, which will rule the city from the 3rd to the 25th of June, reviving the great tradition initiated by Jerzy Dobrzycki in 1936.

The organiser of the Krakow Book Fair is the Krakow Festival Office, the operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme.

Don’t miss out!

 APRIL: The Krakow Book Fair on World Book and Copyright Day

Even though the buds have not yet opened into leaves, we already have the first signs of literary spring here in Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature. On the 22nd and 23rd of April, on World Book and Copyright Day, the Krakow Book Fair will take place in Marii Magdaleny Square. As always, the cosy marketplace will attract the antiquarians and booksellers from Krakow and the entire region. The participants will be able to participate in workshops, lectures, bookbinding demonstrations, we will also offer coffee and snacks. The Cervantes Institute, as well as book stores and libraries from Krakow and Małopolska will also prepare their attractions for the most literary weekend of this spring. Come and join us!

The Krakow Book Fair is a regular, open-air event, promoting the idea of trading used book and reminding everyone that a good book does not have an expiration date. This year, we have planned four editions of the Fair! On the 22nd and 23rd of April, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. we are going to see the offerings of Abecadło, Hulaj Pole, Suszek, 451 stopni and Świat w Tunelu, Fankomiks comic book store, Szafa Pełna Książek from Podgórze, as well as booksellers known from the Sunday mornings at the Market Hall.

The programme of the April fair will be complemented by meetings, demonstrations and workshops – the participants will learn how to operate a mimeograph used for copying opposition press in the 1980s, and how to bind artistic Rebook notebooks. We will also offer a comic book drawing workshop, the staff of Księgarnia pod Globusem book store will read fairy tales to the youngest participants, while the older ones will be able to attend an interesting lecture about post-war messianic literature and a special walk around the Krakow antique book stores, led by Grzegorz Nieć from the Pedagogical University.

Since the 23rd and 24th of April will also bring the 16th Book and Rose Malopolska Book Days, the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow will also invite the participants to their stand. Celebrating the Cervantes Award – dubbed the “Spanish Nobel Prize” – being handed out to Eduardo Mendoza, the nearby Cervantes Institute will also hold an open day on Sunday, 23rd of April. At the fair, the visitors will also be able to drink coffee from the stylish Italian Kavke Cafe car, as well as eat some hummus Amamamusi and roasted chestnuts sold by Pan Kasztan

An intense programme is prepared by Krakow’s book stores for the World Book Day. Many events were planned for the national Independent Bookstore Weekend by Księgarnia Pod Globusem and Pod Szesnastką, Lokator, De Revolutionibus Books & Café, Bonobo Księgarnia Kawiarnia Podróżnicza and many more. The Independent Bookstore Weekend is a grassroots initiative started by book sellers, which will take place in 20 Polish cities this year. On the second half of April we are also going to see the launches of cultural projects carried out as part of the first municipal programme aimed at supporting cultural activities at book stores.

More details will be announced soon.



Krakow Book Fair
programme of events in Marii Magdaleny Square

22nd of April (Saturday)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Printing some illegal papers! The demonstration of mimeograph will be conducted by Leszek Jaranowski, opposition activist in the 1980s.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – a walk around book stores. Discover Szpitalna – the book street, as well as other interesting places on the literary map of Krakow… and the people who run these places. The walk will be led by Grzegorz Nieć from the Pedagogical University. Mandatory registration:, the point of assembly will be provided in a reply to the registration. The number of participants is limited.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – “Save Poland, resurrect the world” – a lecture on post-war messianism. Do you think that “40 and 4” was awaited only by the generation contemporary to Adam Mickiewicz? You could not be more wrong! The unknown face of the post-war emigration literature will be discussed by Paweł Chojnacki, historian and philosopher.

23rd of April (Sunday)

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fairy Tales. We are reading fairy tales with book sellers!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – open comic book drawing workshop. The workshop will be conducted by Michał Jankowski – originator and coordinator of the Małopolska Comic Book Studio. Admission is free upon registration at the Fair.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – book-binding demonstration. Binding Rebooks – hand-made, artistic notebooks with covers from old books. The participants will be able to purchase the notebooks.


NOTE: These are not all of the attractions planned for this special weekend – stay tuned for more surprises in our communication channels. More details soon!

Read more about the Independent Bookstore Weekend: here.
The 16th Book and Rose Małopolska Book Days: here.