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Free art films and Michel Houllebecq at Bookfest International Book Fair

Over 300 publishing events and the free projection of art films, as well as meetings with renowned writers such as Michel Houllebecq, are among the main features of the Bookfest International Book Fair, an event scheduled on May 30 – June 3. This year France will be a guest of honour at Bookfest and will have a bookstall set up in pavilion C3, where events organized by the French Embassy and by the French Institute will take place. The following personalities have confirmed their presence at Bookfest 2012 on behalf of the guest country: cultural show producer and moderator Bernard Pivot, authors Michel Houellebecq, Nedim Gursel, Sylvie Germain, Yasmina Khadra and Yann Apperry, publisher Jean Mattern (responsible with foreign literature within the Gallimard Publishing House) and Academy member Dominique Fernandez (author of “Romanian Rhapsody”). On Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, the public will meet writer Michel Houellebecq, the known author of “Atomised.” Writer Sylvie Germain will come before the audience on May 31 for a questions and answers session, while Bernard Pivot will challenge the visitors of the international bookstall to a French dictation exercise. On May 31, Bernard Pivot will be present at a wine tasting event featuring Romanian wines, on which occasion he will present his book “Dictionnaire amoureux du vin.” On the evening of May 30, Bookfest will move for a few hours to the headquarters of the Lowendal Foundation in Gh. Cantacuzino Square no.1, where the “Night of European Literature” will take place, a project coordinated in Bucharest by the Romanian Cultural Institute.In pavilion C3 books will meet art films every day. Through the formula “Cinema after reading,” Bookfest invites visitors to watch films whose screen plays are based on the works of well known French authors. A film based on Michel Houellebecq’s “Atomised” will also be projected. Also on May 31, the Romanian Publishers’ Association will bring to the forefront the status of book publishers in Romania and Europe. Representatives of publishing houses from Romania, Poland and France will be invited at the event. The 7th edition of the Bookfest International Book Fair will take place on a surface of more than 4,000 square meters. The entrance will be free of charge. Access to the Book Fair will be based on the following schedule: from 10 AM to 8 PM on May 30-31, from 10 AM to 9 PM on June 1-2, and from 10 AM to 8 PM on June 3.

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