The Summer Book Fair

From tomorrow (the 19th of July) in the Czuły Barbarzyńca bookshop-cum-café in Krakow (ul. Powiśle 11) there will be a wealth of attractions for fans of good literature. We invite you to the Summer Book Fair combined with unusual literary meetings, film screenings, competitions with attractive prizes and sports tournaments. The Fair will last one month, till the 18th of August. The Krakow Festival Office is a partner for this event.

The Summer Book Fair includes a 20% discount for 2,000 books. Organisers will provide a very rich offer encompassing, among others, belles-lettres, children’s books, detective stories, biographies, reportages, guides, comic books and specialistic literature. Books will be available at special prices for the entire month. On weekends they will be displayed in special tents on the square in front of the building of the Tourist Services Centre. Educational and dexterity games will also be available for purchase. Everybody can also play table tennis and foosball at any time of the day, and sport tournaments will take place in August. In addition, we invite you to a knowledge quiz Dr. Why on the 20th of July (Saturday) at 7 p.m. Literary competitions will take place as well. Keep track of Czuły Barbarzyńca’s profile on Facebook!

And perhaps one of the most interesting attractions – literary meetings.

On the 4th of August (Sunday) at 6 p.m. there will be a meeting with Krzysztof Gryko – a poet, musician, translator and journalist. He graduated from the University of Warsaw in the field of Polish philology and from Maria Curie Skłodowska University in the field of music therapy. His poetic debut was the book Godziny szczytu [Rush Hours] (2002). He has roots in Puławy and the Lublin region. He lives in Krakow, where he teaches Iberian languages and plays in music bands: Los mar sentimentales and Kabart.

On the 11th of August (Sunday) at 5 p.m. we invite you to a meeting with Anna Burnat, the author of Poza utartym szlakiem [Off the beaten track] – a collection of reportages from Bangladesh. Reportaże z siedemnastu niezwykłych podróży. Poza utartym szlakiem [Reportages from seventeen unusual trips. Off the beaten track] is an anthology of reportages on trips to various parts of the world. According to what the publisher promises, the book does not contain anything conventional, or anything that one may learn from standard offers of travel agencies. This is guaranteed by names of authors – travellers full of fantasy (sometimes excessive fantasy), true tramps and globetrotters, who always run towards the unknown, avoid dangers, experience incredible adventures and note them down in their ‘travel log’.

We particularly recommend Pixel and lyre – workshops that are organised by Korporacja Ha-Art. We invite you to come along on the 9th of September (Friday) at 5 p.m. Entrance is free of charge! During the Ha!art’s summer workshops you will have an opportunity to look at various ways of being a writer among the multimedia cacophony coming from offline and online areas. During the three blocks into which workshops are divided you will become familiar with: artistic strategies used by authors of digital literature (from egotistic self-promotion to altruistic therapy), practical methods of use of network scripts, open-source libraries and proprietary software in the creation of poetry and prose, and primary rules of independent publication on digital data carriers (Kindle, iBooks and Polish self-publishing platforms). Workshops are conducted by: Mariusz Pisarski – a researcher of the literary hypertext, a member of the Electronic Literature Organization and the Association for Computing Machinery, the author of the book Xanadu. Hipertekstowe przemiany prozy [Xanadu. Hypertextual transformations of prose]. The book and workshops are financed by the National Culture Centre.

And what else can you expect during the Summer Book Fair? Keep track of Czuły’s page and come into the café!

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