Thursday, May 21, 2009

International Book Fair Offers Bright Spot During Bleak Times

The 54th International Book Fair got underway today in Warsaw, with 500 exhibitors and thousands of visitors taking part in what is said to be Europe’s second largest show of its kind.

The fair takes place at Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science until May 24th. Nearly all of Poland’s publishing houses as well as representatives from over 30 countries were on hand when the fair opened today on a wave of optimism.

“The crisis did not influence our fair,” spokesperson Roman Czejarek told Polskie Radio. “It seems that it will be a big celebration with a great deal of drive, a rich offer of accompanying events, crowds of visitors and an impressive number of book premieres.”

The Polskie Radio piece is here. China View offers a brief look here.



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