After a several-year hiatus due to the pandemic, this year, the Leipzig Book Fair and the accompanying Leipzig Liest and Manga-Comic-Con festivals are back in full swing from today. This year's Guest of Honour is Austria.
The Leipzig trade fair is the second most important trade fair in Germany after the Frankfurt fair. It is hugely popular, hosting 2,500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and 286,000 visitors in 2019, as well as 3,000 journalists.
The Book Institute, in cooperation with the Leipzig branch of the Polish Institute in Berlin, has prepared a Polish information stand (Hall 4.0, No. E402), where it will be possible to get acquainted with books from the 'New Books from Poland' catalogue and new titles in the field of children's literature, the output of the Copyright Poland Translation Programme, as well as receive information on the Book Institute's activities.
As part of the literary programme, German readers will have the opportunity to meet, among others, Karolina Kuszyk, author of the reportage Poniemieckie (“Formerly German”), and Jakub Małecki, who will promote the German edition of Saturnin, as well as Filip Gańczak, author of the biography of Jan Sehn. Children's literature will be represented by Agata Loth-Ignaciuk and Bartłomiej Ignaciuk, who, during the online meeting, will present their book Jak zdobyć dwa bieguny w rok ("How to Conquer the Poles of the Earth. In a Year”), which has been nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, and Elżbieta Pałasz, who will participate in the promotion of the book Farben der Kindheit about the childhood of Günter Grass and other German writers. Krzysztof Siwczyk, in turn, will introduce his poetry, while translator Ron Mieczkowski will talk about the German edition of Andrzej Bobkowski's diary.
The fair will last from Thursday 27 April until Sunday. The full programme is available on the website of the Polish Institute in Leipzig.