Latest news on the 21st International Book Festival Budapest
The 21st International Book Festival Budapest opens at Millenáris on 24 April 2014, right on the day between World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April and World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April. The biggest international event of the Hungarian book culture will be opened by Tibor Navracsics Deputy Prime Minister and the yet-unknown representatives of this year's guest of honour, Turkey. On the apropos of World Book and Copyright Day, a welcome speech will follow by Miklós Bendzsel, president of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office.
Traditionally, the first item of the official programme of the Festival is a podium discussion starring the guest of honour writer of the year. This year, Finnish author Sofi Oksanen will be conversing with Nóra Winkler.
Sofi Oksanen will receive Budapest Grand Prize, a joint prize of Hungarian Publisher's and Booksellers' Association and the Municipal Council of Budapest, from city mayor István Tarlós and HPBA president András Sándor Kocsis, following the laudation speech of Krisztina Tóth.
Following the ceremony, together with our guests we will open the stand of Turkey, representing Turkish culture, Turkish book publishing and the contemporary authors of Turkey. After this, ambassador Ilan Mor will open the memorial stand of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust and the 25th anniversary of the renewed diplomatic relations between Hungary and Israel, jointly built with the Embassy of Israel in Budapest.
This year's Turkish debut promises to be of the biggest magnitude since the introduction of China in 2008, the year of the Beijing Olympic Games. Never before had a guest of honour a representative stand of 150 square meters, introducing 12 contemporary Turkish authors in person. According to the information received from the Turkish Ministry of Culture, the following authors will be present at the Festival: Elif Safak, İskender Pala, Beºir Ayvazoğlu, Gül İrepoğlu, Solmaz Kamuran, Muhsine Helioğlu Yavuz, Mavisel Yener, Tarık Demirkan, Oya Uysal, Furkan Çalıºkan, Erhan Afyoncu and Iºık Öğütçü.
For the 14th time since 2001, we are inviting to Budapest the most talented debut authors of the continent. European First Novel Festival is organized in cooperation with diplomatic corps, cultural attachés and the leaders of cultural institutes. Young authors from 17 European countries will be introduced at Millenáris on 26 April in a event moderated by Anna Gács and András Forgách.
This year, Hungary will be represented by Judit Hidasi, author of Hotel Havanna.