Books and authors from all around the world
The international dimension of the Fair is highlighted by the presence of more than 200 foreign publishers from 23 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Taiwan), Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Guests from two linguistic areas that are less known in Poland: The Guest of Honour – Hungary and Barcelona and Catalan literature – the Special Guest, will provide a dual cultural element to the Fair. Hungarian literature and culture will be presented by authors such as: Antal Bayer, Johanna Bodor, Lajos Grendel, János Háy, Imre Kinszki, Csaba György Kiss, Noémi Kiss, István Kovács, István Pion, Géza Röhrig, György Spiró, Mihály Szajbély, Andrea Tompa, Krisztina Tóth, László Valuska, Endre László Varga and Teresa Worowska. Apart from meetings with authors, there will also be panel discussions and literary soirees under intriguing titles: “No small language – a panel meeting dedicated to translators”, “A date with contemporary literature”, “Literature, reading, promotion”, “Children’s books in Hungary”, “Jews, Hungarians, Europeans – classics and contemporaries”, “Centres and peripheries – contemporary authors’ soiree” and “Blank pages, grey areas”.
The programme of meetings with Catalan authors seems equally enticing: “Barcelona: The Scenes of Literary Imagination”, “Everyday Heroes: Narratives of Survival and Solidarity”, “Growing Pains: Youth, Books, Conflicts”, “Literature and Personal Relationships”, “Music and Literature”, “Relating to the Classics”, “Discovering Catalan Poetry”, “Literature and Journalism”, “In the Margins of the Real: Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-fi” and “Family Portraits”. The participants of the meetings will include, among others: Sebastia Alzamora, Blanca Busquets, Jaume Cabré, Jenn Díaz, Rafel Nadal, Marc Pastor, Jordi Puntí, Care Santos, Marius Serra and Jordi Sierra i Fabra. Some of the more interesting and unique attractions include the panel discussion “Literature and football”, in which the writer and fervent fan Jordi Puntí will talk with Carles Vilarrubí, Vice-President of FC Barcelona about the literary and cultural dimension of football. Furthermore, the programme includes a literary competition co-organised by FC Barcelona’s football schools in Warsaw.
The Fair will also host a strong French-speaking representation, including authors from different parts of the world: Algeria, Canada, France, Haiti, Morocco, Turkey, and Wallonia-Brussels: Pierre Assouline (Goncourt Academy), Tahar Ben Jelloun (Goncourt Academy), Elisabeth Carrier, Barbara Constantine, Paul Colize, Nedim Gürsel, Hermann (Grand Prix at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in 2016), Georges Mink, Boualem Sansal (French Academy's Grand Prix for the Best Novel in 2015), Lyonel Trouillot and Dominique Wolton.
Furthermore, a real treat for all fans of crime stories – a meeting with the Danish representatives of this genre: Michael Katz Krefeld, A. J. Kazinski and Lotte & Soren Hammer. The Fair will also be visited by the star of German crime stories, Nele Neuhaus, whose career took her from self-publishing to the heights of bestseller lists. For those readers who would like to follow the author’s example and are interested in “self-publishing” or translation, special meetings with experienced translators and publishers have been prepared by our partners.
Some noteworthy examples of accompanying events include meeting with Simon Sebag Montefiore, British historian and bestseller-writer. The visitors should also not miss the meeting with the German author of bestsellers on philosophy and the history of human thought Rüdiger Safranski. Furthermore, we recommend the soiree with Barbara Frischmuth, Austrian writer whose works analyse the condition of women in the contemporary society and address issues of multiculturalism, integration of immigrants and tolerance towards other cultures.
The Fair will also feature some Eastern motifs. A representative of the young generation of South Korean writers, Kim Young-ha, will talk about the contemporary Korean reality. The Ukrainian motif, in turn, will be presented by the Ukrainian war correspondent Sergiej Łojko. The guests of the Literary Salon ‘Ukraine’, comprising as many as 20 publishers from Ukraine, will discuss the development perspectives of the Polish and Ukrainian book markets.
At the Comic-Book Warsaw Festival, which always accompanies the Warsaw Book Fair, occupying a separate sector at the National Stadium, the visitors will have the opportunity to meet many creators of comics, including Hermann Huppen, an eminent Belgian drawer and scriptwriter, this year’s winner of the Festival d’Angouleme.
Many Polish authors will sign their books and have a few words with their fans: Zbigniew Białas, Katarzyna Bonda, Jerzy Bralczyk, Mariusz Czubaj, Jacek Dehnel, Józef Hen, Jacek Hugo-Bader, Hanna Krall, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Piotr Nesterowicz, Łukasz Orbitowski, Kazimierz Orłoś, Jerzy Pilch, Michał Rusinek, Mariusz Szczygieł, Olga Tokarczuk, Adam Wajrak, Adam Wiedemann, Janusz Leon Wiśniewski, Krzysztof Varga, Adam Zagajewski. Among the guests of the Fair, there will be some female authors whose books have been extremely popular: Joanna M. Chmielewska, Manuela Gretkowska, Katarzyna Grochola, Ilona Łepkowska, Elżbieta Cherezińska, Mariola Pryzwan, Iwona Kienzler and Katarzyna Tubylewicz. As far as celebrities are concerned, the visitors will be able to meet some personalities known also from non-literary contexts.
Children will also have a chance to talk to their favourite authors at the stands of various publishing houses; the authors include: Grzegorz Kasdepke, Bohdan Butenko, Agnieszka Tyszka, Magdalena Pinkwart, Monika Kowaleczko-Szumowska and Agnieszka Frączek. We especially recommend literary and drawing workshops which are part of the Children’s Literature Festival, as well as workshops with the Belgian author Klaas Verplancke, and the well-known creator of comics: Pau. Over the weekend, popular actors will read fairy tales to children. More difficult subjects related to the pains of growing up will be addressed by Eve Ainstworth, Care Santos, and Jordi Sierra i Fabra.
Guideposts for readers
To those who are looking for the most interesting titles in the publishing offer we would like to recommend meetings dedicated to literary awards. They will help you quickly find last year’s most appreciated books, the best reportages, the most beautiful Polish poetry, the most interesting books for children and teenagers, but also the most popular entertaining literature and professional titles.
The competition part of the WBF and ACADEMIA programme consists of more than twenty events, including: nominations to the literary awards GDYNIA, NIKE and GRYFIA; announcement of the winners of the Honorary WBF Award IKAR, the International Ryszard Kapuściński Award for literary reportage, the Award of the Foundation for Polish Culture for the promotion of Polish books in the world, the ACADEMIA Award for the best academic and science book, Jerome’s Lion - award to the publisher friendly to literary translators, the Award of “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” ECONOMICUS, the Jerzy and Hanna Kuryłowicz Award, the Polish Librarians’ Association’s Award ‘Master of Promoting Reading’, the Magellan Award for the best tourist book, and the Awards of the Polish Comics Association. Furthermore, we will hear the results of the 55th edition of the PTWK Competition ‘The Most Beautiful Books of the Year’, the Ranking of Polish Book Printing Houses ‘Publishers Select Printing Houses’ and the art contest for children ‘Bazgroł’.
list of exhibitors
meetings with authors at the publishers’ stands