Romania will attend for the first time the Book Expo America (BEA) fair taking place in New York between May 28 and 31, with a national stand and several events organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR). The schedule includes debates and conferences on the stimulation of translations and on translators’ experiences, and presentations of English renditions of works of Romanian authors.
Romanian and American translators, editors and writers are on the guest list; among others, Alistair Ian Blyth, Sean Cotter, Adrian Sahlean, Jill Schoolman, Kendall Storey, and Varujan Vosganian. Director of ICR’s National Book Centre Bogdan Popescu will present ICR’s programmes in support of translation.
On the closure of BEA 2014, ICR New York will host a retrospective event featuring portraits of contemporary Romanian writers and books recently published in Romania; the exhibition will then travel to the Queens Public Library, New York. ICR New York’s premises also host the Eugene Ionesco – portraits’ exhibition (photographs by Sorin Ionescu), which is already running.
On the same occasion, a delegation made up of ICR Vice President Zoltan Nagy Mihaly, Director-general of the ICR Foreign Representations General Directorate Ioana Dragan, and ICR New York Director Doina Uricariu will donate to the Washington, DC Library of Congress, on behalf of Romanian publishing houses, the most important volumes on display at Romania’s stand at BEA 2014.
The delegation also includes representatives of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), who will offer several monumental publications dedicated to the history, culture, and national heritage of Romania sponsored by BNR. Among the titles to be added to the inventory of the Library of Congress there is a complete edition of ‘Mihai Eminescu’s Manuscripts’ coordinated by Academician Eugen Simion under the auspices of the Romanian Academy.
BEA is the most important book fair in North America; it brings together more than 1,000 exhibitors and 800,000 visitors each year. Romania’s first participation to the most important international book fair in the US coincides with the celebration of a decade since the country’s accession to NATO and also honours the signing of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States.
Romanian literature on the summer cultural agenda of Spain
Romanian literature gains ample coverage in Spain in the following weeks by means of three events Romania is present for the third consecutive year with a stand of its own at the Retiro Park Book Fair in Madrid, set to take place between May 30 and June 15. Furthermore, a meeting between Romanian and Catalan writers is set to take place in Barcelona. At the Tipos Infames library in Madrid, a debate will take place on Thursday, June 5, on the poetry anthology titled ‘Miniaturas de tiempos venideros. Poesia rumana contemporanea’ edited by Catalina Iliescu Gheorghiu and published by the Vaso Roto publishing house in 2013. The book is one of the most ample Romanian contemporary poetry anthologies published in Spain and presents a series of well-known authors such as Ileana Malancioiu, Denisa Comanescu, Ana Blandiana, Nicolae Prelipceanu, and Mircea Cartarescu, as well as some young Romanian poets.
In Barcelona, on June 2, a meeting between writers from Romania and Catalonia will be organized, moderated by President of the Writers’ Guild of Romania Nicolae Manolescu and Romanian-language translator and Catalan philologist Xavier Montoliu.
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