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BookExpo America
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland
The Polish Book Institute
The Polish Cultural Institute New York

Poland as Guest of Honor

Featuring ten top Polish authors

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - Saturday, May 14, 2016
BEA 2016:
May 11 - 13
McCormick Place in Chicago

May 10 - May 14
Special venues across Chicago


Poland's literature and culture will be front and center at the largest book fair in North America, BookExpo America 2016 in Chicago, where Poland will be Guest of Honor.

In addition to a program of informative events on the Polish book industry taking place at BookExpo itself, the Polish Book Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute New York will be presenting a series of off-site events at bookstores, libraries and special venues in Chicago from May 10 to May 14. Produced by 20 Square Feet Productions, the programs will feature fiction writers, journalists, children's illustrators and events on Polish history.

These free events will combine Poland's top talent with prominent members of the Chicago literary community. Featured guests include journalist Artur Domoslawski, designer and journalist team Malgorzata Gurowska and Joanna Ruszczyk, playwright and novelist Dorota Maslowska, award-winning crime writer Zygmunt Miloszewski, children's book creators Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, novelist Magdalena Tulli and memoirist Agata Tuszynska.

Featured guests and moderators include New York Times bestselling authors Sebastian Junger and Sara Paretsky, Words Without Borders editorial director Susan Harris, and publisher Chad W. Post, along with authors Richard Reeder, Greg Archer, Ron Balson, Laura Caldwell, Alison Flowers, Ru Freeman, and Bozena Shallcross. Acclaimed translators Antonia Lloyd-Jones, and Karen Kovacik will also take part.

The opening night event of our series, "Discovering Poland," will feature the award ceremony of the 2016 Found in Translation Award. This year's award goes to Bill Johnston for his translation of Twelve Stations, a contemporary epic poem by Tomasz Rozycki. The Found in Translation Award is given every year for the best translation of Polish literature into English in the preceding year. The winner receives a 16,000 zloty cash prize and a three-month translation residency in Krakow, Poland.

Books From Poland is co-presented by BookExpo America, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Book Institute, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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