On March 14, Russian stand “Read Russia” was opened in the framework of the London Book Fair 2017. The opening ceremony was attended by the Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko and the head of the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications Mikhail Seslavinsky.
The book fair is an important event of the world publishing industry. This year the Russian stand presents about 450 newly published books. A special attention is given to the writings of the authors, whose anniversaries are celebrated in 2017 – those of Paustovsky, Tsvetaeva, Kataev, Akhmadulina, Shalamov. More than thirty publishers presented their work in London.
Round table discussions, meetings and talks with participation of literary critics, translators and linguists will be held at various venues around London, including the largest bookstore in Europe “Waterstones” and the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo.
A talk with the writers "New faces of contemporary Russian literature", which was held at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo, became a notable event of the Fair. Writers Alexei Ivanov, Alisa Ganieva, Valeri Bochkov, Vadim Levental met with the guests and discussed the continuation of Russian traditions in contemporary Russian literature, as well as the influences of writers of different periods on the format and style of the modern novel. An expert on contemporary Russian prose, editor of the publishing house "Exmo" Olga Aminova became a moderator of the discussion.
The Read Russia project is supported by the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications (Rospechat). The organizers of the programme in London are the Institute of Translation and the Presidential Center of Boris N. Yeltsin.