Book Institute at Festival du Livre de Paris [report and photos]

The Festival du Livre de Paris came to an end on Sunday. The event was held for the first time in a new format - as a fair of French-language publishers and an accompanying polyphonic literature festival. The Book Institute together with the Polish Institute in Paris organised a series of meetings with Polish authors - Rafał Kosik, Martyna Bunda, and Barbara Klicka.

The Polish programme at the festival opened with a meeting with Rafał Kosik, author of science-fiction books and expert on Stanisław Lem's works, and Pierre Gevart, editor-in-chief of "Galaxie", combined with the opening of an exhibition presenting Daniel Mroz's illustrations to Stanisław Lem's books. Kosik and Gevart talked about Lem, his experience of two totalitarian regimes, humour, optimism and pessimism in sci-fi writing, as well as the difficulties such literature poses for a translator.

On Saturday, April 23rd, at 5 p.m., Café Le Piquet hosted a meeting with Martyna Bunda, author of Les Cœurs endurcis (Editions Noir sur Blanc, original title Nieczułość ["Indifference"]), with the participation of the translator Caroline Raszka-Dewez.

On Sunday, in collaboration with the Romanian Institute in Paris, we organised a debate on the role of female authors in contemporary literature, with the participation of Martyna Bunda and Barbara Klicka, as well as Romanian writers: Florina Ilis and Alina Nelegi (Grand Palais Ephémère, Romanian stand).

On the same day, at 5 p.m., Café Le Piquet hosted a meeting with Barbara Klicka on the subject of her book Sanatorium (Editions Intervalles), with the participation of translator Nathalie Le Marchand.

Both Polish writers also signed books at the stands of their French publishers in the Grand Palais Ephémère.

Below are a handful of photos from the Paris event: