Poland at the International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World Prague

A year ago, Poland was to be the guest of honour at the International Book Fair and the Svět knihy (“Book World”) Literary Festival in Prague. The plans were thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic. After more than a year, the fair and festival are returning to the calendar of literary meetings. The Book Institute together with the Polish Institute in Prague has prepared a programme and a national stand where it will be possible to meet writers, have a discussion, read, and buy books.

The programme includes six authors, two new exhibitions, and a concert. The emphasis was on presenting non-fiction, novels with historical background, illustrations for children's books, and the works of Stanisław Lem.



Friday 24 September

18.00 Literární sál [Literary Theatre]

Dobrovolník v Auschwitz (”The Auschwitz Volunteer”)
Meeting with British reporter Jack Fairweather, author of the book The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz.

19.00 Polish stand S103 / book signing: Jack Fairweather

Saturday 25 September

12.00 Autorský sál [Authors’ Theatre]

Jak nakrmit diktátora? (“How to Feed a Dictator”)

Meeting with Witold Szabłowski, author of the reportage book Jak nakarmić dyktatora (“How to Feed a Dictator”)

Host: Petr Vizina

13.00 Polish stand S103 / book signing: Witold Szabłowski

14.00 Dokořán Publishing House stand / book signing: Witold Szabłowski

13.00 Sál fantasy&sci-fi [The fantasy&sci-fi room]

Budoucnost v bublinách - The Future in the Clouds: opening of the comics exhibition and award ceremony for the winners of the comics competition

14.00 Sál fantasy&sci-fi [The fantasy&sci-fi room]

Příběh budoucnosti - Telling the Future: discussion by Tomasz Rożek and Václav Cílek

Meeting on the occasion of Stanisław Lem's Year

15.00 Polish stand S103 / book signing (with a surprise): Tomasz Rożek, author of Kosmos o tajemstvích vesmíru.

17:00 Literární salon [The Literary Salon]

Bezcitné dějiny – Heartless history: Martyna Bunda and Karin Lednická

Polish-Czech discussion of historical novels and two unusual regions: Kashubia and Silesia

18:00 Polish stand S103 / book signing: Martyna Bunda and Karin Lednická

19:30 Stage Gauč ve Stromovce / Concert of the band Hańba!

Punk, folk, and klezmer music and lyrics of poets from the interwar period

Sunday 26 September

11.00 Rosteme s knihou [Rośniemy z książką]

Pojďte s námi do pohádky! – What a fairy tale: let's go there! Workshop for children aged 4-8 with illustrator Maciej Szymanowicz

15.00 Literární sál [Literary Theatre]

Nekorunovaný polský král – The uncrowned ruler of Poland: Rafał Łatka and Jaroslav Šebek

Discussion on the new biography of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, which has just been published in the Czech Republic