Bookfest kicked off: 300 events, 200 publishing houses, 1 million titles


Minister of Culture, Vice-premier Kelemen Hunor , the president of Editors’ Guild Grigore Arsene and Poland’s Minister of Culture and national patrimony Bogdan Zdrojewski inaugurated the International Book event, Bookfest 2014, the 9th edition in Bucharest

Poland – guest country in 2014.

The 9th edition of the International Book Fair Bookfest 2014, hosted in the Romexpo exhibition complex of Bucharest between May 28 and June 1, proposes 300 events of 200 publishing houses, with more than 1,000,000 titles on display, Romanian Publishers Association President Grigore Arsene announced in a press conference on Tuesday. ‘Everybody will be at Bookfest, from creators – the authors – to the publishers and distributors. The public will have the opportunity to see how a book is produced,’ said Arsene; he also voiced his satisfaction about the foundation of new publishing houses, in greater number than those closing their doors. He mentioned the attempt to cut the participation costs for the publishers at this edition of the fair.
Great names of Romanian culture will meet the public this year, too; Andrei Plesu, Gabriel Liiceanu, Mircea Cartarescu, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Neagu Djuvara, Lucian Boia, Dan C. Mihailescu, Radu Paraschivescu, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Oana Pellea, George Banu, Aurora Liiceanu, Ioana Parvulescu, Florin Iaru, Mircea Daneliuc, Emil Brumaru, Ion Bogdan Lefter, Livius Ciocarlie, Ileana Malancioiu, Bedros Horasangian, Marta Petreu, Marius Chivu, Daniela Zeca Buzura, Daniel Cristea Enache, Gabriel Chifu, and Andrei Cornea are just a few of them.
Children have a special place at Bookfest, on June 1(Children’s Day) and throughout the event; a special place is arranged for them with workshops, lectures and dedicated happenings. Humanitas Multimedia, Humanitas, Humanitas Fiction, Arthur, Corint Junior, Curtea Veche Publishing, Nemira, Paralela 45, RAO, and Vellant publishing houses prepared the first edition of Bookfest Junior, consisting of four days of children and teenager books, meetings with authors, and drawing and theatre workshops. ‘The idea of a parallel fair dedicated to children is very important. We’d like all children in Bucharest to attend,’ Arsene mentioned.
Polish Institute Deputy Manager Leszek Bialy declared that participating in Bookfest is a great honour for Poland, as the Romanian public is familiar to Polish literature since Sienkiewicz, and up to contemporary authors.
‘Poland’s participation as a guest country at Bookfest 2014 is definitely the most important project of the Polish Institute this year, and one of the most important we ever organized. We are proud to present the Polish literature to Romanian readers within such a substantial event as Bookfest,’ Bialy declared.
The International Book Fair Bookfest 2014 is organized by the Romanian Publishers Association, under the patronage of the Federation of Publishing Houses of Romania, with the support of the Polish Institute of Bucharest. Bookfest is the most important book fair in Romania, and the only event of the publishing industry that got to reach a significant international dimension; it is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture.

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