Spotlight on Ukraine at Warsaw Book Fair

About 500 publishers from Poland and 14 other countries are expected to take part in the annual Warsaw Book Fair, which opens on May 25.

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Ukraine will be the event’s guest country of honour, taking part under the motto „Millions of Bridges.”

According to the organizers, the motto of Ukraine’s presence at the fair highlights the fact that, while the Russia’s invasion has destroyed Ukrainian towns and killed many Ukrainian citizens, it has built millions of bridges between Poles and Ukrainians.

The Ukrainian stand at the fair will showcase a cross-section of contemporary Ukrainian literature. More than 20 writers and members of the country’s cultural scene will take part in meetings, literary discussions and book-signing sessions.

Ukrainian publishers are set to share their experiences of how the full-scale war has affected their business.

The programme of the event includes a joint Polish-Ukrainian project called „The Power of the Word.” It is a series of bilingual panel discussions by writers, journalists and intellectuals from the two countries focusing on the role of literature in fostering timeless values such as freedom, dignity, honour, courage and a sense of community and solidarity.

The Warsaw Book Fair will also be attended by publishers from Austria, Azerbaijan, China, Taiwan, France, Spain, India, Iceland, South Korea, Germany, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Italy.

The event runs until May 28.

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