More than 150 publishing houses are set to participate in the Bookfest Book Salon, to take place in the Bucharest Capital City between May 30 and June 3, this time being devoted to the literature from the USA, with the American Ambassador to Bucharest, Hans Klemm, to pay an homage, in this context, to his former professor, Romanian-born writer Matei Calinescu.
The event dedicated to Matei Calinescu will take place on May 31, with the writer’s wife as a special guest and also authors Radu Paraschivescu and Ion Vianu participating, according to an announcement made by the organizers.
The USA’s participation in this year’s edition of the Bookfest will have the motto “Celebrating the South”, with the Romanian audience having the opportunity to meet authors from the US, from several fields. Thus, the Bookfest visitors will be able to meet novelist and playwright Domnica Radulescu – established in the USA since 1983, back then as a political refugee; the poet and author of historic novel Sarah Kennedy; poet Tara Skurtu, established in Bucharest, and Sucheta Rawal – an appreciated writer of travel journals and food books.
The 13th edition of the Bookfest International Book Salon will take place in the new B2 pavilion of the ROMEXPO Exhibition Center, and it will cover an area larger by 50% than in the previous years.
“It is for the first time when a book fair in Romania is carried out in such an enormous exhibition area,” the head of the Association of Publishers from Romania, Grigore Arsene, told a press conference.
He also pointed out that the entry to the event is free of charge.
In his turn, Ronald Hawkins, the media and culture adviser to the US Embassy in Romania spoke about the concept that brought the United States to the book salon – namely the desire of sharing. He showed that the decorum of the US stand at Bookfest was made at the Castel film studios in the Capital City.
“This is another aspect of the wonderful friendship and partnership between Romania and the United States. People know many of the things that we do – we are NATO members, we cooperate a lot in the security field and in other fields, and what we do now represents an aspect of this cooperation – this is our cultural friendship. And yes, we are bringing a few Americans that do not know Romania. It is some kind of an exchange,” mentioned Hawkins.