From 18 to 21 May 2017, Germany was Guest of Honour at the 8th Warsaw Book Fair.
“Words move. Siła słów” was the slogan of the programme, developed jointly by the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Goethe-Institut and Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Foreign Office of Germany).
Review: Germany at the Warsaw Book Fair
With Nobel laureate Herta Müller, the German stand hosted an author who has transcended many borders both in her life and art.
She has taken her experiences in a communist regime and channelled them into her literature: Her prose unsettles and moves. Herta Müller is very popular among Polish readers – more of her books have been translated into Polish than to any other language.
The Romanian-German author is often considered an advocate for the defence of human rights. “The words of every language have different eyes” is the title of the event in which Herta Müller will have a conversation with the Polish journalist Adam Krzeminski.
Visitors could also find a rich programme dedicated to specialist, literary and social-political issues, as well as to children’s and young adult literature and crime novels. Eleven authors had conversations with Polish writers and journalists in Warsaw. In addition to the above-mentioned authors, these included Wolfgang Bauer, Ulrike Draesner, Jakob Hein, André Kubiczek, Charlotte Link, Alice Pantermüller and illustrator Daniela Kohl.
Literature enthusiasts could browse some 800 German books at the collective stand – on display, among others, were the collections “On Words and Liberty – Books about Freedom of Expression”, “Rights List Children’s Books On Tour”, “The Best German Book Design 2016”, “On the End of Loneliness - New Literary Releases from Germany”, “My Father’s Counry - Postwar Biographies” as well as, for the first time, “This Tree’s Leaf. German-language Authors’ Experiences of Nature”.
You can find the complete programme here
The 220-square-metre German collective stand provided a stage for a diverse range of German book culture:
A record number of 66 exhibitors utilised Germany’s participation as Guest of Honour to initiate discussions and business with Polish publishers.
Exhibitors at the stand