The Book Institute at the 26th International Book Festival in Budapest

The Book Institute together with the Polish Institute in Budapest are organising a Polish presentation at the International Book Festival in Budapest, whose twenty-sixth edition takes place on 25-28 April this year.

Martyna Bunda, the author of the novel Nieczułość (“Indifference”), will take part in discussion panels during the European Writers’ Meeting accompanying the festival, to which debutants were invited. Bunda will participate in the panel "Literary Translation, Cultural Translation". (Friday, 26th April, 14:00), and will also meet with readers in the bookshop-café Gdańsk (the same day, 19:00; Budapest, Bartók Béla út 46).

Marianna Oklejak will present an exhibition of book illustrations "Land of Wonders. Illustrations of Marianna Oklejak", which will consist of a selection of illustrations from two of the artist's books: Cuda wianki. Polski folklor dla młodszych i starszych („Such wonders! Polish folklore for the Young and Old.”) and Cuda niewidy (“Such Marvels!”). Oklejak will also conduct art workshops for young readers - perhaps future illustrators - on Sunday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. and will meet with students of the Academy of Fine Arts.

On Saturday, at 1:30 pm, there will be a presentation of the Hungarian edition of Sergiusz Piasecki's Kochanek Wielkiej Niedźwiedzicy (“Lover of the Great Bear”), a joint project of the Rézbong publishing house, the Polish Institute, and the Wacław Felczak Foundation, together with the participation of the translator, a member of the Programme Council of the Book Institute, Lajos Pálfalvi (Millenaris, Magda Szabó Hall).

On Friday, representatives of the Book Institute will meet with the organisers of the festival and will conduct special workshops for translators, publishers, and a wide spectrum of ambassadors of Polish culture, as well as for those who would like to be part of this group.

We will also acquaint the attendees with the most interesting recent publishing offerings and present the titles to publishers in the following categories: novels, reportage, essays, crime stories, poetry, comics, and others.

This year, Norway will be the Guest of Honour for the Budapest book celebration.