Book World Prague 2013

Prague’s book fair Book World Prague (BWP) 2013 runs from May 16 to 19, with some events having already taken place in various spots throughout the city. The main fair hosts Slovakia as this year’s Guest of Honor, with a significantly larger and less restricted group of writers attending the event than when, say, Saudi Arabia were in the same position two years ago.

The list includes writers such as 2012 Anasoft winner and Best European Fiction 2013 entrant for Slovakia, Balla. You can read his story “Contagion” online at Two Lines in a translation by Julia Sherwood (as was “Before the Breakup” in BEF). Pavel Vilikovský, who I interviewed last time he was at BWP, will be there as well, perhaps giving me the chance to follow up on the announced Part II of the interview two years after the fact.

The other main focus of the fair is poetry, and starting with tonight’s reading of expat poets at Charles University’s K4 Club to the presence of a range of Czech and international poets too numerous to list as well as a number of interesting discussions and readings there is a lot on tap for poetry lovers.

Other interesting guests coming for the fair include Hungarian novelist Peter Esterházy, formerly Paris-based Czech poet and prose writer Petr Král and Polish novelist Michał Witkowski.

The book fair program in English can be downloaded as a PDF here.

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