The Bookfest 2012 International Book Salon will join over 150 exhibitors at the Romexpo Complex in Bucharest, May 30 – June 3, organizers announced. The publishing houses that will exhibit at this year’s Bookfest prepared a rich program of book launches to be attended by authors known for their steadfast contribution on the Romanian and international book market, as well as resonant names from fields including politics, business and entertainment. Over 250 events are scheduled during the five-day festival, including launches and presentations of books, CDs, audio-books and exhibitions, along with autograph sessions, roundtable discussions and debates featuring literary figures and professional artists. In line with the tradition of inviting a country at each edition, this year’s Bookfest 2012 has France as guest of honor. Writer Michel Houellebecq and journalist Bernard Pivot will attend the Salon. Bookfest 2012 will run under the aegis of the Romanian Publishers Federation, in cooperation with the Embassy of France in Bucharest and the French Institute, and support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, ArCuB, National Council of the Audiovisual and the Romanian Peasant Museum. Admission is free for all Bookfest 2012 visitors throughout the event whose opening hours are as follows: May 30 and 31 – 10.00 – 20.00 hours, June 1 and 2 – 10.00 – 22.00 hours, and June 3 10.00 to 20.00 hours.This year, the Bookfest series of events kicked off in March, with Bookfest Timisoara, the first Bookfest held outside Bucharest, March 15 – 17, which enjoyed much success with visitors.The Bookfest International Book Salon is an outstanding event held each year by the Romanian Publishers Association, under the auspices of the Romanian Publishers Federation, the most important employer confederation in the Romanian publishing landscape. Bookfest made a name for itself in the cultural environment as an event that promotes reading and book consumer access to quality publishing products.
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