The 24th International Book Fair in Krakow begins on Thursday. The events are held stationary and online to allow as many people as possible to participate in them despite the pandemic. Visitors are also divided into vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
In addition to the main fairs, two festivals are held simultaneously: Fantastic Literature and Mountain and Tourist Book. Last year, the fair could not take place due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The event starts on Thursday and will last until Saturday, October 17. The motto of this year’s fair was taken from the book “Summa Technologiae” by Stanisław Lem and is “Man lives by change”.
Fair in a pandemic
There are several changes at the fair, and the most important one concerns the restrictions related to the pandemic situation.
– Visitors will be divided into two groups: vaccinated people and others, which means that 1.4 thousand people will be able to stay in the EXPO Kraków hall at the same time. unvaccinated people. This forces us to restrict ticket sales. People who want to enter the Fair will have to submit a declaration whether they have been vaccinated. or not – said the president of the International Book Fair in Krakow, Grażyna Grabowska. She added that both the tickets and the epidemiological survey are available on the website, they will also be at the ticket office.
As emphasized by Grabowska, a change – much awaited by publishers and literature lovers – is the possibility of a direct meeting. 233 exhibitors have announced their participation in the fair. The authors of the books will also be present, although their group will be smaller than in previous years. – This year there will be fewer exhibitors, but there will be a lot of books, even those publishers who have not decided to come to Krakow – said Małgorzata Downar, the commissioner of the Krakow ICC.
Especially for people who will not be able to participate in the Book Fair – on Saturday and Sunday – the Internet TV Targowa will be launched. Conversations with authors and publishers will be available online and will be hosted by Małgorzata Bugaj, Agata Passent, Adam Szaja and Łukasz Wojtusik.
The novelty is the Fantastic Literature Festival. – The guests of the Fair will be, among others illustrator Magdalena Babińska, Agata Jadowska author of fantasy novels, Jacek Komuda – a reconstructor who sets the actions of his novels in the Sarmatian times, Mateusz Rogalski, Franciszek Piątkowski, Paweł Kopijer and Andrzej Pilipiuk – announced Downar.
15 meetings are planned for the period of the Mountain and Tourist Book Festival. The passion for climbing and fascination with the mountains will be told by, among others Krzysztof Wielicki, Denis Urubko, Arek Lwow, Marcin “Yeti” Tomaszewski and Maciej Piera running the “Szczytomaniak” channel. For lovers of the Tatra Mountains there will be attractions prepared by the Tatra National Park, and in the zone of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service, first aid demonstrations will be held. On October 16, the 6th International Competition for “The Best Publishing on the Mountains” will be resolved.
For the first time at the Book Fair in Krakow, Sparing Translators will be held – a duel of Portuguese translators, in which Gabriel Borowski and Wojciech Charchalis will take part, and the judge will be Marta Eloy Cichocka.
One of the events will be a discussion prepared by the National Library – how did the pandemic affect the needs and habits of readers? This will be considered by: dr Tomasz Makowski – director of the National Library, dr hab. Roman Chymkowski – head of the National Library Reading Research Laboratory, prof. Grzegorz Nieć – head of the Department of Information Culture at the Pedagogical University of Krakow and Agnieszka Staniszewska-Mól – director of the Krakow Library.
Traditionally, on the first day of the Fair, the Jan Długosz for the best scientific or popular science book in the field of humanities published in 2020.
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