Thursday Oct 24 - Sunday Oct 27
ul. Galicyjska 9 (Czyżyny)
What types of attractions would one expect in a UNESCO City of Literature, such as Kraków? Lots of bookstores, and a huge international book fair, surely. This October, bookworms will unite at Kraków's EXPO centre over an extensive selection of written material, exhibits, workshops, panels, and meetings with writers. Foreign exhibitors will also be in attendance sharing their experiences and ideas for the best practices for sustainable cultural development. The list of invited Polish literary personalities includes Jakub Ćwiek, Jacek Dukaj, Mirosław Hermaszewski, Jerzy Illg, Katarzyna Grochola, Grzegorz Kasdepke, Magdalna Kordel, Marek Krajewski, Andrzej Maleszka, Jakub Małecki, Marcin Meller, Katarzyna Puzyńska, Szczepan Twardoch, and Adam Zagajewski. The international guest's list includes Marc Elsberg (Austria), Jonathan Carroll (United States) and Brandon Mull (United States). Germany will be this year's fair special guest. The representatives of the biggest German publishing houses will visit Kraków. The Goethe Institute will organise walks around Kraków, following the footsteps of famous German writers and their novels. Literature has historically played a vital role in connecting various cultures and this book fair follows this tradition. The fair will also feature a panel discussion on the state of literacy in Poland. The representatives of local governments will address the question of a declining interest in reading, and the ways to improve it.