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Russia to take center stage at London Book Fair

Published time: February 18, 2011 10:20
Edited time: February 18, 2011 14:24

This year, Russia will become the main participant in the international literary event in the UK.

Some 50 Russian writers, poets, and literary critics, along with about 70 publishers, will take part in the Russian program at the annual London Book Fair in April.

"This is very symbolic, that in the 40th year of the London Book Fair, Russia has become its central party," says the head of the event, Alister Bertenshou.

In 2011, the London Book Fair celebrates its 40th anniversary over three days, April 11, 12 and 13. Russia was named the Market Focus country in 2011, following South Africa last year.

A total of around 100 events – not only in London, but also in other British cities – will be held within the Book Fair's Russian program. Russian writer Boris Akunin was named among the Authors of the Day for the 2011 fair. This initiative, introduced in 2006, will see the authors spend one day at the fair, where they will showcase their work through a program of seminars, book signings, events and photo opportunities.

Among Russian writers who will be at the fair representing Russia, there will be critically acclaimed modern Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, writer and journalist Dmitry Bykov, Andrey Bitov who is one of the most prominent Russian writers of the late 20th Century, and many others.

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