Honorary guests of the fair this year – Armenia. By tradition, publishing houses from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, as well as from Germany, France, UK, USA and other countries will present their new editions. In addition, various events will be held with the participation of writers and book publishers.
What is there to visit from the events which include participation from the foreign guests?
At the opening of the stand of the British Embassy on February 10 at the fair, the new British ambassador Ms. Fionna Gibb will be present in Belarus,. At the opening the students of Minsk State Linguistic University will present dialogues, monologues and sonnets of William Shakespeare in English, Russian and Belarusian languages. In addition, a books draw will be held.
The British Embassy in Minsk has invited the popular illustrator from London Ben Tallon, who on February 13 from 10:00 to 14:00 at the fairground booth Embassy will work to create drawings of Minsk Series. Recently in the UK he published an autobiographical book of the artist “Champagne and wax crayons: how to harness the creative industries» (Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the Madness of the Creative Industries). In 2015, the book won the 5th place in the ranking of the top 10 books on graphic design, compiled Creative Bloq site and received critical acclaim.
Those who are interested in creativity B. Tallon at “The Ў Gallery” will be able to on February 12, listen to his lecture on the work in the creative industries in English, as well as from 14 to 18 February in the creative cluster “housing 8″ (Masherov Ave. , 9, building 8) to get acquainted with his work titled Know What I Mean? # 1: Everyday Ghosts ( «You know what I’m number 1: Ghosts of everyday life”). In the “Ў Gallery” February 11 will host another event – the presentation of the translation of the first book of the series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” CS Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew, in the Belarusian language.
The French Embassy continues this year to introduce the exhibition-fair visitors to the regions of France and invites you on a tour of Brittany. “Numerous guests from France – writers and experts in the field of used books – tell the Belarusian public that binds their creativity with this region of France with a unique identity. French bookstore “La Boucherie” traditionally present in Minsk to the public a number of literary novelties of the season, as well as book production, reflecting the latest trends in Francophone literature in French, Russian and Belarusian languages “, – reported in the information released by the press service of the embassy.
Every day at 17:00 at the stand of the Embassy of France will play 5 books. Among the guests – the author of books for children and youth and illustrator François Place, comic book author Stan Silas, the writer Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, authors of books for children and young Jean-Philippe Arrout-Vigneault and Christoph Mori and director of the bookstore ” La Boucherie, “Jean-Paul Collet, and employee of the bookstore” La Petite Boucherie “Lara Pinsmen.
At the program stand – literary meetings and autograph sessions, master classes. “How to instill in children a taste for reading?” – Round table discussion on this topic will be held at the stand of the Embassy 12 February. February 14 round table will be held on the topic “Writing and identity.”
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe Institute in Minsk will be presented at the fair with two stands. Among the new books – new editions of contemporary literature in Germany, bilingual literature for children and young adults. Moreover, you can get different kinds of advice on German courses.
The exhibition-fair days at the Institute. Goethe in Minsk will host the next event in the series, in which employees of German cultural and educational organizations and diplomatic missions in Belarus will present selected works of contemporary German authors. At this time, on February 11 the Ambassador of Germany in Belarus Mr. Peter Dettmar will present the book by German writer Gerhard Tsverentsa Der Widerspruch. Autobiographischer Bericht ( «contradictions. Autobiographical Notes”).
The Embassy of Italy plans to introduce on its stand three Italian publishing houses “Alma Editsioni”, “Edilingva” and “Dzanikelli”. In the embassy’s press service reported that the official distributors will advise visitors and to sell books and textbooks of the Italian language and literature of many fans. The stand will also be available with the latest Italian library available to readers of Pushkin Minsk Regional Library.
On Wednesday, February 10, at the central site with the presentation of his new book “Favorite chambers. Travelling in the home of outstanding creative individuals “speak writer Karl Forno. This author will present Italy at the II International Symposium of writers “Writer and time continuity of literature,” organized by the Ministry of Information of Belarus.
Among the activities of the Embassy – a series of lectures on topics related to the work of Vittorio Alfieri – “father of Italian tragedy”, publishing, culture and literature, as well as a quiz on knowledge of Italian literature. Customers who correctly answer the questions can participate in the raffle of books from foreign literature online store Lingva Store.
This is only a partial list of events where you can learn about the latest foreign literature, purchase literature and learn about trends in the development of book publishing in the world and to meet with overseas visitors.
The last day of the exhibition is 14 February.