Poland at BookExpo America 2016

May 16, 2016, 07:21 ET from The Polish Book Institute

KRAKÓW, Poland, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

This week Poland has been Guest of Honor at BookExpo America in Chicago. The fair highlighted Poland's dynamic publishing industry and ten of the country's most renowned authors. BookExpo attendees have been able to learn about Poland's innovative children's illustrators, play the hit "Witcher" computer game (based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski), and network with Polish publishing professionals at a series of informative talks. 

Outside the fair, a wide-ranging program of events has been bringing Polish literature to Chicago audiences. Crime writer Zygmunt Miłoszewski spoke to the master detective novelist Sarah Peretsky about his latest book, "Rage", published this year by Amazon Crossing. Journalist Artur Domosławski appeared with war correspondent Sebastian Junger to talk about the legacy and importance of Polish literary reportage. And the author-illustrator team behind the international smash hit "Maps" Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, held events for children and adults, including a workshop at a local Chicago school.

Other participating authors include novelist Magdalena Tulli, memoirist Agata Tuszyńska, poet Krystyna Dąbrowska, and the illustrators and designers Joanna Ruszczyk and Małgorzata Gurowska.

Poland as Guest of Honor in Chicago is the latest in a number of high-profile Polish programs at international book fairs. Poland was guest of honor at the New Delhi book fair in 2014 and will be Guest of Honor at the London Book Fair in 2017. This reflects the increasing importance of Polish literature and the Polish book market abroad, and in particular the large number of Polish books recently being published in English. Through events like BookExpo America, publishers and editors around the world can learn to know and love Polish books, and bring them to audiences in their home countries. 

Szymon Kloska, s.kloska@instytutksiazki.pl, +48-666-839-290


SOURCE The Polish Book Institute