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BookfairYou know it is spring in Budapest when writers from around the world descend on the Buda side of the city to participate in the International Book Festival. This year marks the fair’s 20th anniversary, and if the program and line-up are any indication, the event is only growing in prestige and popularity.

Like book festivals around the world, the International Book Festival in Budapest offers a venue for publishers to present their works, new and old, to both industry players and the general public. This year’s guest country is Italy, which is well represented by publishers and writers, and the guest of honor is perhaps the most controversial writer alive, Michel Houellebecq. The French writer joins a long list of daring choices for guests of honor at the fair, including Salman Rushdie and Brett Easton Ellis.

The program for the four-day event is absolutely packed. Events range from straight up lectures and readings to more whimsical activities, like a basketball skills competition with Italian author/ basketball star Luca Cognolato. Children are not left behind either: there are numerous events that feature children’s poetry and music to entertain the small ones. Another event instructs participants in the basics of bookbinding. Japanese literature will be represented by a Haruki Murakami afternoon, where visitors receive a free Japanese gift with each title bought. Hungarian authors who publish in English like György Konrad and László Krasznahorkai will be on hand to sign their books, along with international authors David Grossman and, of course, Michel Houellebecq.


The fair has made a special effort to address new media and digital publishing this year, as these aspects of book publishing have gained such importance in recent times.

The International Book Festival in Budapest runs from Thursday, April 18th to Sunday, April 21.

Find the official site with a detailed program for download here.

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