The Swedish guests coming to Bookfest this year

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Sweden, the honorary guest country at Bookfest this year (May 24-28), has one of the most successful book markets in the world. The Sweden fiction ranks in the top ten of the most translated languages in the world, with the Swedish writers’ books being translated in over 50 languages. 98 per cent of the Swedes have visited a library at some point, while the Swedish book design is highly esteemed worldwide.

Famous female authors like Astrid Lindgren or Selma Lagerlöf have created icon characters (Pippi Longstocking, Nils Holgerson), who are loved by children around the globe. Besides, Sweden is hosting the most wanted award in the world, the Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as the most beautiful amusement parks in the world: for instance, Junibacken, celebrating Astrid Lindgren’s spirit, a center hosting over 1,500 shows for children on an annual basis.

This is the reason that the programme prepared this year by Sweeden at Bookfest also includes, besides the events dedicated to literature and meetings with writers, some consistent events dedicated to the experts from the publishing world: editors, illustrators, translators or cultural managers.

With the slogan “Sweden: Creating Stories”, nine guests from Sweden will come to Bucharest to attend public reading sessions, book launches, debates and round tables.

One of the most expected encounters is the one with editor Jacob Dalborg, general manager of Bonnierförlagsgrupp, one of the most important concerns in the world. Set up in 1804, the Bonnier Trust has over 8,000 employees and is running businesses in the USA, Germany, UK and Eastern Europe, just to mention a few.

At the same time, another event meeting dedicated to those interested in the books for children and teenagers is with Mårten Sandén, president of the Swedish Academy of Writers for Children, one of the most famous Swedish editors nowadays. Illustrator Stina Wirsén, with a rich experience in illustration workshops for children, will also come to Bucharest.

Johannes Klenell, editor of one of the oldest European comics magazine in the world, „Galago”, is also on the guest list.

One of the major events scheduled at Bookfest 2017 is the presentation of one of the most important amusement parks in the world, Junibacken from Stockholm. Set up to celebrate Astrid Lindgren’s spirit and inaugurated in 1996 by the Sweden’s royal family, Junibacken is hosting over 1,500 shows annually. Romanian-born editor and cultural manager Arina Stonenescu will present at Bookfest the project of a similar amusement park in Bucharest, “Harap Alb, the Stories’ House”.

Sweden’s programme at the upcoming book fair comprises over ten events with literature in the limelight, in the presence of major names of the Swedish poetry and prose today: Aris Fioretos, Majgull Axelsson, Cecilia Hansson or Athena Farrokhzad.

Sweden’s stall will be located at C4 Pavilion, while the Swedish Embassy in Bucharest will organize 20 events. Upstairs, in the Bookfest Junior area there will be interactive activities for children, made in partnership with Eematico, a local organization developing educational programmes based on play. Teacher and educators from Bucharest are invited to attend the workshops together with groups of 10-20 children aged 3 to 12. Bookings at mihai.leontescu@gov.se. 

The Romania Journal supports Bookfest 2017 as media partner.

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