Coverage of this year's Books from Russia events will be available online and will include interviews with young translators, Russian publishers and improvised book readings of new exciting titles from Russia such as “Love Boat” from Samokat Publishing House
Russia will be the Market Focus and Guest of Honour of The London Book Fair 2011
Volcanic activity closed most of UK’s airports during this year’s London Book Fair event, one of the most important gatherings for international publishing industry. But Icelandic volcano could not stop South Africa, the market focus country this year and Russian Federation taking over the status of market focus and guest of honour for the next year.
A rich programme has been prepared by Academia Rossica during this year, providing international audiences with much needed window into exciting and fast developing Russian book market. Russian publishers turned out to be one of the most prepared. Many arrived to London in advance and were able to avoid travel disruptions.
Those who visited Russian stand this year weren’t disappointed. From major classics and titans of world literature such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and Dostoyevskiy, to popular contemporary authors such as Dmitry Bykov, Olga Slavnikova, Sergey Lukyanenko, Russian stand this year offered a tasteful, well presented collection to satisfy even most demanding literature enthusiasts.
Programme of events offered by Russian publishers and organisers ranging from awards to young translators, discussions with industry professionals and insightful presentations set a good standard for next year when Russia will be the market focus and guest of honour. Interactive Media, a London based production company which launched series of Chekhov Stories in digital format in the UK earlier this year is preparing coverage of this year’s events through podcasts and video footage including interviews with young translators, Russian publishers and improvised book readings of new exciting titles from Russia such as “Love Boat” from Samokat Publishing House.
Photo: Robert Chandler (left), Award-winning translator and scholar of modern Russian literature; Svetlana Adjoubei (right) Academia Rossica director and organiser of Books from Russia stand at the London Book Fair 2010