The WBF in a nutshell
From next Thursday to Sunday the gates of the Stadium will be open to all book lovers. It’s high time to plan your visit.
Proposed visiting order
Foreign book presentations
The list of exhibitors, comprising more than 800 exhibitors from 24 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States), includes collective stands:
– of the Guest of Honour – Hungary: 86/D11, 97/D11;
– of the Special Guest – Barcelona and Catalan Literature: 100/D13;
– a presentation of German new releases at the stand of the Frankfurt Book Fair: 117/D15;
– an offer of more than 20 publishers from Ukraine presented in the ‘Literary Ukraine’ Salon: 104/D15;
– book proposals in French (from France, Wallonia, Romania) in the ‘Francophony’ Salon: 105/D13;
On the WBF Website, among around 1500 meetings included in the programme of the Fair (divided into four days), we recommend, among others:
– meetings with Polish celebrities and winners of the most important book awards in a variety of categories, including the Reportage Day and competition for the best academic and science book ACADEMIA
– meeting with Hungarian writers: György Spiró, János Háy i Krisztina Tóth and others
– interviews with foreign writers, including best-selling authors, such as: Simon S. Montefiore, Rüdiger Safranski, Jaume Cabré, Lars Saabye Christensen, Paullina Simons and crime-authors: Nele Neuhaus, Mons Kallentoft, Michael Katz Krefeld, A.J. Kazinski, Lotte & Søren Hammer
– Comic Book Warsaw Festival, with creators of comics for adults and children from around the world
– seminars and professional conferences, on topics such as: the book market, reading figures, self-publishing and translation, with professionals from Poland and abroad: librarians, booksellers, publishers, translators, literature researchers and promoters of culture.
Choose your Warsaw Book Fair premiere
Everyone can choose their own candidate among the numerous book premieres presented at the Fair by more than 800 exhibitors. Proposals can be submitted at the stand of Granice.pl (8/BC). The winner of the poll will be announced on Sunday, 22 May, at 1 p.m., on stage B (Conference Centre, level +2).
Good practice – give/exchange a book
The initiators of the year-round campaign Zaczytani.org will organize the finale of the Great Book Collection and encourage the public to bring books as a gift for Warsaw-based hospices, hospitals and orphanages, while the portal Lubimyczytac.pl invites its fans to take part in the great book exchange ‘From one shelf to another’ on Saturday 21 May, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (in the stadium field). E-book lovers are familiar with Publio and Gazeta Wyborcza’s campaign ‘Książka za Książkę’ (Book for Book), during which you can exchange paper books for electronic ones. Everyone who brings five books to stand 23/D3 between 19 and 22 May will receive a bag with a code for free download of an e-book from a specially prepared pool of titles. The topics of the books do not matter; after collection, they will be handed over to the National Library in Warsaw. This year, on 20–22 May, the participants of the campaign can win additional PocketBook Touch Lux 3 e-readers. To get one, you simply have to make a story using the words provided for the competition, and the selected works will be announced on the same day at the stand of its partner – PocketBook. The E-readers can be picked up immediately after the announcement of the results. During the Fair, Publio wants to encourage e-reading by organizing other competitions at its stand: 23/D3.
Read and watch
For those who do not mind getting their attention turned away from the large selection of books for a moment, there are photography and other exhibitions. We especially recommend the ones proposed by the Guest of honour – Hungary. The inauguration of these exhibitions will take place on Thursday, 19 May, at 1:30 p.m., in the Conference Centre (level +2). They include: “Budapest then and now”, presenting works of two eminent photographers, Imre Kinszky and Ottó Kaiser; “The Paul Street Boys”, an exhibition dedicated to the writing and career of this so far most popular Hungarian book in Poland, a masterpiece by Ferenc Molnár. We especially recommend the exhibition devoted to Rafał Olbiński, a famous graphic artist, painter and one of the representatives of the Polish school of poster art.
The international nature of the Fair does not exclude the local, Warsaw aspect of the event. It has become the tradition of the WBF to present publishers specializing in Warsaw-themed publications and to organize meetings related to books about the capital of Poland. This year, they include an interview with the President of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and with famous Polish actresses: Krystyna Sienkiewicz, Anna Seniuk, Beata Tyszkiewicz and Joanna Szczepkowska, who are the authors of the introduction to the albums published by Wydawnictwo BOSZ in the FOTO RETRO series. The City of Warsaw – the organizer of the Literary Award of the City of Warsaw – will have its own stand at the Fair this year too. The weekend stage at the stadium field will be devoted to the youth. The Warsaw Programme of Cultural Education (WPEK) will present there many interesting artistic phenomena from Warsaw cultural centres, foundations and associations, as well as winners of youth literary competitions. In addition, the organizers of the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw will present the winners of the award.
Detailed information on how to get to the Fair and layout of Fair are published on the WBF Website. Information can be obtained on site at the information points located at TWO ENTRANCES to the Fair: in al. Zieleniecka and in Wybrzeże Szczecińskie.
On Saturday and Sunday (21 and 22 May) the stadium field will become a peaceful oasis among the hubbub of the Fair: you can enjoy some time on a deckchair under a sunshade and order a drink at a café; you can watch the stage performances prepared as part of the Warsaw Family Weekend programme; or take part in the Board Game Festival LOTTO – The Joy of Winning.