Explore Poland’s literary side at the sixth annual Warsaw Book Fair, which will be held from May 14–17 this year. An international trade show, fair and exhibition all wrapped into one, the event attracts authors, publishers and readers from around the world.
What it’s all about
While wandering around Warsaw's National Stadium, along with the estimated 63,000 others expected to join the festivities, you’ll find much more than paperbacks on display. Established as a joint venture between Poland’s top publishers and events expert Murator EXPO, the Warsaw Book Fair launched in 2010 and has grown year by year since then. Last year’s fifth anniversary fair hosted 720 exhibitors from 23 different countries, and the turnout for 2015 is expected to top that. Specialists in fiction, science, DIY guidebooks, children’s literature, academic tomes and even comic books will attend, with different days set aside for professionals and young people before everyone is welcomed over the weekend. The rapidly growing e-book and multimedia sectors will also be represented, and an online book fair will take place simultaneously.
The fair's program of events caters to all those who make their living from books, including booksellers, authors, publishers, printers and librarians, as well as those who simply love to read. Poland has a rich literary heritage, and the event is designed to promote both national and international authors. Many of them are likely to attend in person, so as a visitor, you'll be able to meet exciting new and existing talents and browse through an extensive range of best sellers and new releases.
Highlights and events
As the biggest book fair in central Europe, this event provides a unique chance to discover works from the region's most respected authors and publishers – before anyone else. Each year, the fair lives up to its international reputation by naming another nation as its guest of honor. For 2015, it's all about France.
A number of esteemed French writers will be on hand, including best-selling authors Sylvie Germain and Bernard Friot; award-winning playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt; and literary critic Pierre Assouline, who will discuss the current state of literature amid social change. You'll have your pick of thought-provoking talks to attend, too, including one led by the famed Professor Philip Zimbardo. Widely known for his controversial 1971 Stanford prison experiment, Zimbardo will discuss his latest book, The Demise of Guys, at noon on Saturday, May 16. If you're in the mood for something more lighthearted, check out the children’s activity area and the comic zone, where guests can hobnob with their favorite superheroes.
The National Stadium is easily accessible via public transportation. You can take a tram or bus from our Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw to the Rondo Waszyngtona bus stop, or there’s an on-site car park below the stadium if you prefer to drive. Visitors should enter at the gallery level and buy tickets on the external promenade. Most of the action will take place on the internal promenade, which is fully protected from the elements. Discount tickets are available for senior citizens, students and families with teenage children, although ID will be required as proof of age. Over 70s and children under 12 can enter for free.