Moscow Hosts The 23rd International Book Fair…

More than 200,000 books from 60 countries will go on display at the 23rd Moscow International Book Fair opening on September 1. Organizers introduced a novelty – the International Parlor is designed to advance Russian book sales abroad.

Vladimir Grigoryev, deputy head of the Press and Mass Communications Agency and chairman of the fair’s organizing committee, explains: We invited leading Western and Eastern experts, who command great authority in the book industry. We are expecting the editor-in-chief of the most popular book digest weekly in New York, and the director of the London Book Fair. We want to focus our publishers’ attention on the need to advance Russian authors to foreign markets, and the markets are ready for that.

Regrettably, the process is being hampered by a lack of quality translations. With this in mind, organizers moved to convene the 1st International Translators Congress that will bring together 75 translators from 25 countries.Books from Belarus will receive special prominence during the upcoming book show with Belarus being the guest of honor at this year’s event.

Vladimir Grigoryev: Belarus will present its book industry, publishers and book novelties. It is no secret that many Moscow publishers use Belarusian printing facilities and that books released in Moscow can also be bought in Belarus. An agreement between the Russian and Belarusian Book Chambers will be signed during the Moscow event.

Belarus will showcase unique books, among them facsimile editions of the Gospel of Slutsk and the Gospel of Polotsk. There will be large displays of books from Latin America, China and France.

Visitors will be able to meet with writer Valentin Rasputin who will unveil his new selection of short stories. Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko will read select poems from his new book, and painter and sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin will be there to sign up a two-tome album, the fullest catalog of his artworks published so far.

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