Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important industry event in the publishing world. Every year around 300,000 visitors take part in it. Among them there will be the Polish Book Institute, which organizes the Polish stand. The honorary guest of this year’s edition is Norway. The official press conference on the occasion of the opening of the fair was attended by the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk.
The Book Institute organizes a 189 square meter stand. The stand will host 47 Polish exhibitors, among them: publishers of fiction, religious, scientific, educational and children’s literature, as well as institutions (including Instytut Literatury, Wydawnictwo Sejmowe, Narodowe Centrum Kultury), organisers of national fairs, printing houses and a producer of electronic readers.
The Book Institute will present new publications in 2018 and 2019, the achievements of the ©POLAND Translation Programme, books nominated for the most important literary awards in Poland and books for children awarded in the Polish Section of IBBY competition. As part of the Frankfurt Book Fair, this year’s New Books from Poland catalogue will also have its premiere tomorrow. We will present 30 books (you can read more about the catalogue on our website tomorrow). We have also prepared a special website for foreign publishers: booksfrompoland.pl.
As every year, the Book Institute also publishes an English-language brochure “Polish Book Market”. Unlike in previous years, with ecology in mind, we have decided not to publish a paper edition, but to use an electronic version.
Below we present the programme accompanying the Polish presentation at the fair:
– Martyna Bunda will meet with readers on Friday, October 18th at 3:30 p.m.; the writer will promote the German edition of her novel Nieczułość (promoted by us at Frankfurt fairs as a new novel a year ago); the book in Bernhard Hartmann’s translation was published a few days ago by Suhrkamp;
– Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka, author of Kominiarz-piekarz, a book for children, which won the prestigious Ragazzi Award in Bologna, will conduct creative workshops for children on Saturday 19th October at 14:00. The workshops will take place at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s stand.