Bucharest book fair Bookfest opens

Newsroom 30/05/2012 | 12:08

Bookfest, the annual event organized for passionate readers, is opening its doors at Romexpo (sectors C1, C2, C3, C4, C5) between May 30 and June 3rd, with a rich program that includes book launches attended by well-known Romanian and international writers.

Bookfest will take up over 4,000 sqm where publishing houses, distributors, printing houses, writers, artistic and cultural figures and politicians will meet the public for debates and roundtables, exhibitions, and autograph sessions.

France is the honorary guest country at this year’s edition of Bookfest. The French Embassy in Bucharestand the French Institute will welcome at the event, together with journalist Bernard Pivot, the producer and host of such shows as Apostrophes, Bouillon de culture, Double je, several well-known French writers. These are Dominique Fernandez, Michel Houellebecq, Nedim Gürsel, Sylvie Germain, Yasmina Khadra, and Yann Appery.

“I said yes to coming to Bookfest book fair because I kept two beautiful memories about this country: the one of a massive dictionaries delivery to schools after the fall of the communist regime, and the second one, the Double je show, where I had Alex Leo Serban as a guest. This was inIasi, in 2004,” explained Bernard Pivot.

At this year’s edition of Bookfest, Francewill be represented with a variety of book titles, from the beaux livres literature to gastronomy, humanities and social sciences books. The Francestand, hosted by the C3 pavilion, will be set up to offer viewers a real French cultural experience. A French coffee shop, a cinema, a space for children, and a debate space will also be set up to complete the French presence. For a detailed program of the Francestand, click here.

Oana Vasiliu

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