The first Bookfest international book salon in Timisoara will open at the Regional Business Centre, March 15-17, noontime. Admission is free. According to the Romanian Publishers’ Association media release, there will be more than 15,000 book titles on display at substantial discount price published by some of the most important domestic publishing houses, including Humanitas, Polirom, Cartea Romaneasca, Curtea Veche, Rao, Art, as well as specialised ones, among which the University of Bucharest Publishing House and Gama, and also newly established houses such as Ponte and Blumenthal. The visiting public could attend meetings with authors including Horia-Roman Patapievici – president of the Romanian Cultural Institute, writer Varujan Vosganian, author of “The Book of Whispers” – the winner of the Romanian Book of the Year, 2010, writer, translator and publicist Radu Paraschivescu, economic analyst and former finance minister Daniel Daianu and American historian Larry Watts.Bookfest Timisoara will also feature a wide variety of cinematic productions that can be viewed on the book salon premises. Among the films to be projected, “Jose and Pilar”, Portugal’s film entry at the Oscars 2011, shown for the first time in Romania, “Vaclav Havel, Prague – Castle”, a film dedicated to Vaclav Havel’s first six months as president; “Beats of Freedom”, an incursion in the Polish rhythms of the ‘80s, presenting the music and memories of the pioneers of Polish rock music, and the collage “Cristi & Otto” consisting of the films made by director Cristian Nemescu and sound designer Andrei Toncu.On the Bookfair’s last day, March 17, for two hours, children will have an opportunity to discover as part of the Mini-Bookfest memorable characters from recently published books, attend book readings and exhibitions, engage in face painting, drawing contests, and games. Bookfest Timisoara will also feature the exhibition “Graphics without computer. Letters. Drawing. Relief. Volume” by the Graphics Workshop in Bucharest.