Read Russia at London Book Fair 2017

March 2, 2017 RBTH
London Book Fair
London Book Fair. Source: ZUMA Press/Global Look Press
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The Read Russia international project returns to the London Book Fair (March 14-16). Among daily meetings with award-wining contemporary writers, this year the Russian stand at Olympia Exhibition Center (Stand 5 F111) will showcase about 450 book titles from leading Russian publishers.

The Read Russia project is supported by the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications. The organizers in London are the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center and the Institute for Literary Translation.

London Book Fair / Photo: ZUMA Press/Global Look PressLondon Book Fair / Photo: ZUMA Press/Global Look Press

March 13

17:00 – 19:00

Screening of the film My Own Honour Bright based on the collection of short stories by Mikhail Seslavinsky (Film Director Alexander Karpilovsky) as part of the Russian Children's Book Festival
Special guest: Mikhail Seslavinsky, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications
Venue: Rossotrudnichestvo, First floor, 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED
Language: Russian

March 14

11:00 – 12:00

Official opening of the Russian National Stand at the LBF
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8 UX, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

12:30 – 13:00

Presentation. The Read Russia Prize – an award for the best translations of Russian literature
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

13:00 – 14:30

Round table discussion. How to make Russian literature popular in the United Kingdom
Participants: Julia Goumen, Literary Agent; literary translators Donald Rayfield and Arch Tait, Karina Karmenian, Director of St. James's Publishing and Russian Children's Book Festival
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Stand 5 F111
Language: English

15:00 – 16:00

Book presentation. Hamid Ismailov's book Dance of Devils: Poets and Tyrants: the Soviet Case might be better
Participants: Hamid Ismailov, writer and journalist, Head of BBC Central Asia and Caucasus Service; and Donald Rayfield, author, historian and literary translator, professor of Russian and Georgian
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Stand 5 F111
Language: English

18:00 – 19:30

New faces of modern Russian literature. Meet writes Alisa Ganieva, Aleksei Ivanov, Vadim Levental, and Valery Bochkov
Moderators: Olga Aminova, Editor at the EKSMO Publisher
Venue: Rossotrudnichestvo, First floor, 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED
Language: Russian
RSVP: readrussialbf2017@gmail.com, +44 (0)207 937 3355

March 15

11:00 – 12:00

In Conversation with: Valery Bochkov’s dystopian novels The Coronation of the Beast, Kharon, The Ferryman of Hell, and The Time of the Water
Special guest: Valery Bochkov, writer
Moderator: Olga Aminova, Editor at the EKSMO Publisher, expert on modern Russian fiction
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8 UX, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

12:00 – 13:00

Aletheiya publishing house, Glagoslav Publications, and the Institute for Literary Translation present a book of poetry Shards from the Polar Ice by Lydia Grigorieva (in Russian and English)
Participants: Lydia Grigorieva, poet; John Farndon, translator; Maxim Hodak, director of Glagoslav Publications; and Tatiana Savkina, director of Aletheiya publishing house
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

13:00 – 14:00

Glagoslav Publications presents: Tsunami by Anatoly Kurchatkin
Participants: Maxim Hodak, director of Glagoslav Publications, and Arch Tait, literary translator
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Stand 5 F111
Language: English

14:00 – 15:00

Citata Plus publisher presents international publishing project Yaroslavl – Exeter. Twin Cities. commemorating 20th anniversary of Yaroslavl – Exeter Friendship Society and 25th anniversary of singing the twinning agreement.
Participants: Natalia Gubina, author, and R. John Shepherd, editor
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Cener, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

15:00 – 16:00

In conversation with: History of Russian in the writings of Alexey Ivanov
Special guest: Alexey Ivanov, writer
Moderator: Alexander Kan, cultural historian and BBC broadcaster, Big Book Prize jury member
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

19:00 – 20:30

Youth in Literature: in Conversation with Russian Writers Vadim Levental, Marina Stepnova, and Alisa Ganieva
Chairperson: Natalia Rubinstein, journalist and literary critic
Venue: Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA
Language: Russian with English translation

March 16

11:00 – 12:00

In Conversation with: Family values in the writings of Marina Stepnova
Special guest: Julia Goumen, literary agent and Marina Stepnova, writer
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Center, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8 UX, Stand 5 F111
Language: Russian with English translation

12.00 – 13.30

The Storytellers. In November 2016, six British and Russian artists shared an epic journey along the Trans–Siberian Express, writing music, fiction and poetry that reflected their experiences, and performing for the public along the way
Today we hear writers Joe Dunthorne and Andrew Dickson (Britain), and Alisa Ganieva (Russia) reflect on their adventure, with breath–taking AV footage of the iconic journey
Chair: Doug Wallace, Creative Director of the UK–Russia Year of Literature and Language 2016
Sponsored by the British Council
Venue: Olympia Exhibition Centre, Stand 5 F111
Language: English

19:00 – 20.00

An evening dedicated to Cherubina de Gabriak, the most brilliant mystification in Russian literature: "To leave this life and stay unsolved..."
Venue: Rossotrudnichestvo, First floor, 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED
Language: Russian

19:00 – 20.30

Screening of the film The Backbone of Russia (with English subtitles) and a conversation with writer Alexey Ivanov
Chair: Natalia Rubinstein, journalist and literary critic
Venue: The Russian Bookshop at Waterstones Piccadilly, 203–206 Piccadilly, London, W1V 9LE, 3rd Floor
Language: Russian
RSVP: readrussialbf2017@gmail.com

 

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