Central and Eastern European Lit at the London Book Fair

The 2013 London Book Fair will take place from April 15 to 17 with Turkey as this year’s guest of honor.

There will be a number of writers and events that touch on Central and Eastern European literature, including:

GLAS New Russian Writing will be presenting Debut Prize winners Irina Bogatyreva, Alexander Snegirev and Olga Rimsha “who will discuss contemporary women’s writing and the theme of the disabled in Russian literature today.”

Both Bogatyreva’s and Rimsha’s work is included in Glas’s anthology of “Young Women’s Writing from Russia”, Still Waters Run Deep. Snegirev’s novel Petroleum Venus is about Vanya, a boy with Down syndrome, his father and what happens when Vanya pulls a mystical painting from the wreckage of a fatal car crash and when it’s revealed that the model for the painting is his mother, who abandoned him at birth.

Fairgoers will have a chance to see Croatian writers at a number of different events (scroll down) featuring authors such as Daša Drndić (Trieste), Robert Perišić (Our Man in Iraq), Marinko Koščec (A Handful of Sand) and Man Booker International Prize short-listed Josip Novakovich. There will also be a pair of events held outside the fair – “Meet the voices of modern Croatian Literature” and “Contemporary Croatian Literature: Inside and Out.”

Other events I would go to if I were fired from my job only one week earlier and could actually afford to go to London are a seminar on promoting writers in translation as well as one on innovations in literary translation, a presentation of new Romanian books in English.

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Photo – LBF 2012

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