The Russian stand at the London Book Fair 2012
16 – 18 April 2012, Stand Y255, Earls Court 2
Read Russia is the name of this year’s official Russian stand at the London Book Fair. Sponsored by the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications under the direction of Vladimir Grigoriev and organised by Academia Rossica, the stand represents key Russian publishers at the LBF 2012.
Further to this, the stand is part of the greater Read Russia project, a new initiative for the international promotion of Russian writing. It includes the availability of translation grants, holds annual translation prizes and offers grants for visiting the Moscow International Book fair.
The stand is also a preview of the Read Russia 2012 venture in New York, bringing the largest ever representation of Russian literature, book culture and publishing industry to the US as part of the BookExpo America Russia Global Market Forum programme. Over 40 Russian authors and translators are expected to travel to New York to take part, as well as a significant number of leading figures in the publishing industry.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Monday, 16 April
Young Women’s Writing from Russia
10am, Wellington Room, Earls Court 1
Olga Slavnikova, a leading Russian writer, and four winners of the acclaimed Debut Prize will present new voices from diverse areas right across Russia, inviting an open discussion on present day attitudes. Their writing, frank and attentive to detail, pulls no punches and is an intense reflection of life in Russia today.
Olga Slavnikova, winner of the Russian Booker Prize, author of acclaimed novels such as 2017, and director of the Debut Prize.
Debut Prize winners:
Yaroslava Pulinovich a playwright with a growing international reputation; Irina Bogatyreva whose story Off the Beaten Track has recently been
published in English; Anna Lavrinenko, a screen-writer and author from Yaroslavl; Anna Leonidova, the latest Debut winner, for her novel Before I Die.
Read Russia – a new global initiative promoting Russian literature
1pm, Thames Room, Earls Court 1
Read Russia is the largest ever initiative to promote Russian literature and Russian book culture. BookExpo America (BEA) – North America’s premier gathering of book trade professionals – will spotlight Russia as the country of honour at its Global Market Forum. In connection with BEA activities, an international team of academic and cultural programmers has come together to produce Read Russia 2012, a citywide festival of contemporary Russian arts and culture.
Vladimir Grigoriev, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications
Steven Rosato, Director of BookExpo America
Ruediger Wischenbart, BookExpo America (International)
Peter Kaufman, Read Russia 2012 Programme Director
Svetlana Adjoubei, Director, Academia Rossica
Confronting Contradiction: New Frontiers in Russian Literature
2.30 – 3.30pm, Thames Room, Earls Court 1
Leading Russian writers Boris Akunin, Zakhar Prilepin, OlgaSlavnikova and Alexander Kabakov talk about their latest books and Russian literature today.
Moscow – City of Books
3pm, Stand Y255, Earls Court 2
The Moscow City Government will be showcasing their Publishing Programmes—a wide range of publishing initiatives documenting both historical and contemporary Moscow—by presenting one of their flagship projects, a definitive 8-volume series entitled The Architectural Monuments of Moscow.
Tuesday, 17 April
Russian Literature Face-to-Face
11am – 4pm, Stand Y255, Earls Court 2
Four of Russia’s best writers — Boris Akunin, Alexander Kabakov, Zakhar Prilepin and Olga Slavnikova — will be visiting the Read Russia stand to discuss their work and meet with publishers, journalists and readers. Each author will be at the stand for 2 hours; interviews must be arranged in advance.
Moscow International Book Fair
3pm, Stand Y255, Earls Court 2
The Russian book market is one of the fast-growing in the world, and the International Centre at Moscow International Book Fair is the best way to develop contacts with authors, agents and distributors in Russia. Come and learn about the Centre and how you can be a part of it.
Wednesday, 18 April
Rossica Prize and Rossica Young Translators Award
12pm, Stand Y255, Earls Court 2
followed by refreshments
The best translators currently working on Russian literary texts, and their publishers, will be recognised in the publication of the short list for the Rossica Prize. The short list of the Young Translators Award will also be announced.
Russia, From Classics to Contemporary: Translators’ Forum
12.30pm, Stand Y255, Earls Court 2
All those involved in bringing Russian literature to English—from experienced prize-winners to ambitious novices—are invited to come together to meet and discuss translation, as both an art and a trade, and its future prospects, particularly in light of the establishment of the Institute of Translation in Moscow.