Slovakia, Norwegian author Gaarder guests of honour at Budapest international book festival
Budapest, April 13 (MTI) – Slovakia and Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder will be the guests of honour at this year’s Budapest International Book Festival held between April 21 and 24, an organiser said.
Slovakia will present the Hungarian edition of volumes by 30 Slovak authors released by 18 publishers, the director of the Slovak Literary Information Centre told a press conference.
The titles include history books, contemporary literature, novels, collected stories and poems, children’s books, as well as cookbooks, said Miroslava Vallova. There will be 40 Slovak authors participating at the festival where Slovakia will offer 50 programmes for visitors, she said.
The Hungarian publisher Libro will release the latest volume by Jostein Gaarder, The World According to Anna, and two of the author’s volumes, Sophie’s World and Solitaire Mystery, József P. Kőrössi, the director, said.
Gaarder will himself give a talk on the dangers of global warming at the festival on April 22, he said.
Parallel to the main event a mini festival presenting young European debut writers from 18 countries will also be held.
The festival will offer a total of 200 new volumes and 400 programmes and there will be 600 authors, academics and artists taking part, said Tibor Keresztury, the director of the Hungarian Publishers and Booksellers Association (MKKE).