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We promote Polish literature across the world. In recent years, almost 1,800 translations of Polish books have been published as part of the ©Poland Translation Program!




Transatlantyk Prize for the fourteenth time

This Friday, June 22nd, at 7.00 pm at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Cracow, the Transatlantyk Prize will be presented for the fourteenth time – it is the annual award of the Polish Book Institute for an eminent promoter of Polish literature abroad. Its laureate can be a translator, publisher, critic, or the animator of cultural life


Polish Books for Children & Young Adults catalogue is now available!

The Polish Book Institute, together with a group of experts, prepared the catalogue ‘Polish Books for Children & Young Adults’, which includes the most interesting works in the field of native children’s and young adults’ literature. The catalogue will have its premiere during the 7th seminar for foreign publishers organised by the Polish Book Institute. This is the second time youth literature will be discussed there.


Polish “Night in the Library” in Lambeth

On 9th June in the Streatham Tate Library in London took place the second edition of ‘Night in the Library’ organised by the project Poles Connect in collaboration with the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London. This year, the Polish Institute of Culture, which took patronage over the event, joined the campaign, and the Book Institute donated a set of books for children.


Piłsudski in Ukraine and Belarus on the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty

At the end of May, during the Kyiv’s Book Arsenal, the biggest literary festival in Ukraine, Ukrainian edition of Professor Włodzimierz Suleja’s book Józef Piłsudski had its premiere. The translation of the Marshal’s popularizing biography was published with support from the Polish Institute in Kyiv.


Polish Library Night for the first time in Canada

Thirty-three children aged 8 to 13 years took part in the “Library Night” organised by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto. This form of reading incentive was offered to the children from Polish families for the first time.


Herbert's Metamorphoses. Ryszard Krynicki & Alissa Valles discuss the legacy of Zbigniew Herbert

An evening of readings and conversation with Ryszard Krynicki and Alissa Valles exploring the changing shapes and voices of the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. Chair: Dr Katarzyna Zechenter, School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL.


The next round of submissions for the ©Poland Translation Program

The next round of submissions for the ©Poland Translation Program will
take place from 1 September to 31 October.


The English version of Olga Tokarczuk's Flights, awarded in London, was published with Book Institute support

We never cease to be delighted by the success of Olga Tokarczuk, who has become the first Polish writer to win the prestigious Man Booker International Prize. The translation of the award-winning book – published in 2017 in Great Britain as Flights – was rendered by Jennifer Croft (USA), and co-financed by the Book Institute as part of the ©POLAND Translation Program. The book won our Found of Translation award, singling out the most important translation into English in a given year.


Flights by Olga Tokarczuk wins 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Jennifer Croft has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize.


Polish Book Market opens ADIBF 2018 Professional Programme

Poland, the Guest of Honour Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) 2018 was the first to take the stand at the Business Club with a presentation of the Polish Book Market – Rights, the Polish Market in Practise, by the director of Poland's State Publishing Dr. Lukasz Michalski.


Poland - Guest of Honour - at ADIBF 2018

Nobel Prize laureates' literature, award winning illustrators ancient Islamic manuscripts and Polish cuisine presented by the Polish delegation at the seven days fair.


Abu Dhabi: Polish Culture Is Singled out in the Largest Book Fair in the Arab World

The 28th International Book Fair in Abu Dhabi is underway. Poland is the guest of honor for the first time.


Olga Tokarczuk shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize today reveals the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.


The London Book Fair, 10-12 April 2018

Today marks the beginning of The London Book Fair, the largest spring publishing event, a place for publishers and literary agents from all around the world to meet, and to negotiate rights to new books, film and television scripts, and various sorts of digital content. The fair is held in the old Olympia Hall in West London, and is visited by 25,000 professionals from 118 countries around the world.


Poland - the guest of honor at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Between April 25 and May 1, Poland will be the guest of honor at the 28th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, one of the biggest events of its kind in the Middle East.


The Winner of Found in Translation Award Announced! Jennifer Croft for Olga Tokarczuk's "Flights"!

The Polish Book Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute in London, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York are pleased to announce that the 2018 Found in Translation Award goes to Jennifer Croft for her translation of Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) and Text Publishing (Australia) in 2017, forthcoming from Riverhead Books (US) in 2018. 


Paweł Sołtys Is This Year’s Winner of the Marek Nowakowski Prize for Literature, Awarded by Biblioteka Narodowa

The Marek Nowakowski award chapter has decided to honor Paweł Sołtys this year for his collection of short stories, Mikrotyki [Microsations] (pub. Czarne), for its “original approach to the city of Warsaw, the precision of his language, his innovative use of words and his creative allusion to the prose of the award’s patron," as jury head Maciej Urbanowski phrased it.


Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year for Dwie Siostry

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the world’s largest book fair for young people, began on a high note for the Polish children’s book community. The Polish Dwie Siostry Publishers was given the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year.


Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Today begins the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the largest international children’s book fair. Nearly 1,400 exhibitors from around the world will be presenting their publications for children; the fair is visited by around 26,000 people a day. Many countries organize collective booths at Bologna, among them Poland. The Polish presentation is traditionally prepared by the Book Institute.


International Book Fair in Paris, 16-19 March

Today marks the opening of the International Book Fair in Paris, the largest industry event in Francophone countries. The organizers are counting on around 160,000 visitors, based on previous years’ numbers.


Poland at the Book Fair in Leipzig

Tomorrow kicks off the Book Fair in Leipzig – one of Germany’s largest events for readers, writers, publishers, and representatives of the book and media industry.


Olga Tokarczuk Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize

Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Flights has been put on the long list of books nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.



Polish Bookshelf Project

British libraries have received over a thousand copies of books by Polish authors. This is part of the “Polish Bookshelf Project,” carried out by the Book Institute, the Polish Embassy, and the Polish Institute in London, in cooperation with the Literka Association, European Welfare Association, and the Polish Educational Society.


Witold Szabłowski's Dancing Bears will Appear in English in March

Penguin Books has slotted Witold Szabłowski's Dancing Bears for March 2018. Meanwhile, Harper's Magazine will be publishing a fragment of the book in its February 2018 issue. Have a look at: The translation was done by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.


Echo of the seminar "Biblioteka Nowa w Drodze" in the trade press

We encourage you to read the text of Magdalena Brodacka - "Biblioteka Publiczna" monthly, No. 2/2018 - presenting the idea and describing the course of the "Biblioteka Nowa w Drodze" organized by the Polish Book Institute, which took place in two autumn editions in 2017 as a traveling seminar in several libraries of the Czech Republic.


Found in Translation Award 2018: nominations open

The Polish Book Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute London and the Polish Cultural Institute New York are now accepting nominations for this year’s edition of the FOUND IN TRANSLATION award, honoring the best translation of Polish literature into English in 2017.


Conrad Year

Conrad Year

Parliament has declared 2017 Conrad Year, and following this decision, we have an open submission period for applications to the Conrad Program.

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Poland at The London Book Fair

Poland at The London Book Fair

Poland is the Market Focus country at The London Book Fair in 2017.

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31-148 Kraków, Poland
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