Germany-Austria-Switzerland Trio, Bookfest’s guest of honor

Over 200 Romanian book publishers and distributors will participate at the May 29-June 2 event at the Romexpo Complex.

Nearly 1 million books will be on display, among them a couple of thousand new titles, and 300 interactive events will join readers, writers, artists and cultural figures. Visitors can purchase books with discounts of up to 50 pc at publishing house stands and win, for the first time, substantial prizes at Bookfest tombolas.
The country trio made up of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which participate at the book fair as part of the project “Three countries, same language “, developed at the Frankfurt Book Fair, is the guest of honor at this year’s Bookfest. No fewer than 24 book writers and professionals from the three countries will be in Bucharest for the occasion, among them, German Book Awards winners Uwe Tellkamp and Katharina Hacker, Swiss Book of the Year 2011 laureate Catalin Dorian Florescu, two of Austria’s major prose writers of the moment –  Michael Stavaric and Joseph Winkler, Jan Koneffke (Germany) and Christian Haller (Switzerland), as well as representatives of the young generation of German language prose writers – Sasa Staniic, Julya Rabinowich (Germany) and Jolanda Pinel (Switzerland).
“Our intention is to promote German language in Romania and I don’t see it as taboo to say that German language loses its influence in Romania. Linguistic diversity is an advantage that should be held on to. Switzerland is a multicultural state, with four languages and four cultures, and the best proof  this is true is that I, a Swiss from the French side of the country, has come to Bucharest to open the German language book fair,” Mediafax quoted Marc Bruchez, cultural attaché with the Swiss Embassy to Romania, saying at a press conference Monday.  Beate Kohler, director of the Goethe Institute, spoke about the various Bookfest events provided by the Frankfurt Book Fair and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. In her turn, Elisabeth Marincovic, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, presented the “club evening” where Mieza Medusa and Textor will stage “an original concert”. “A sort of modern, literary rap will be performed, with critical societal issues. I should tell you can come and see our events even if you don’t know German, as all of them will be translated,” she said.
Among the many Romanian cultural personalities at Bookfest, historian Neagu Djuvara, who will launch “A brief illustrated history of Romanians” at the stand of the Humanitas Publishing House, where Lucian Boia, too, will launch an augmented edition of his 2012 published book “Why is Romania different?” and attend autograph sessions at the lunch of his latest book “The end of the Occident? Towards the world of tomorrow”. At the ALL stand, actor Radu Beligan lunches his book “Between Acts”, which the publishing house describes as a “collection of notes, thoughts, memories and commemorations that represent as many documents of theater history and philosophy”. The Curtea Veche Publishing will launch the collection entitled “Childhood Books” and present the “Royal House” Collection, in the presence of Prince Radu. Lucian Croitoru, an adviser to the BNR Governor, will launch his book “The End of Regulation and the Last Regulator”, and former minister Theodor Baconschi will enter into a dialogue over his book “The Bunch of Keys. A Diplomatic Testimony” with journalist Armand Gosu.

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