End of the year book celebration in Moscow

November 29, 2013
End of the year book celebration in Moscow For the fifteenth time the Central House of Artists in Moscow opens its doors to greet participants and guests to the International Book Fair for High Quality Literature. From November 27th to December 1st, the fair with the nick name “Non/fiction Book Fair” will host exhibitors — publishers, book selling companies and service providers — from 15 countries. The list of countries includes Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and the USA.
The exhibition is complemented by a prolific program of over 300 events including books presentations, round tables, lectures and discussions with popular authors. Dmitry Bykov, Evgueny Evtushenko, Elena Kostyukovich, Eduard Limonov, Vladimir Sorokin, Ludmila Ulitskaya and other well-known personalities are taking part in the program.
This year Guest of Honour is Switzerland. For 2013-2015, Switzerland has prepared a multidisciplinary cultural exchange program called “Swiss Made in Russia” to be held in several Russian cities. Events organized by the Swiss cultural committee “Pro Helvetia” for non/fiction №15 has become one of the key events of this program.
Switzerland is a country of four languages. There is as such no single identifiable Swiss literature but rather an array of literary traditions in Switzerland, each connected to one of the official languages, these are German, French, Italian and Romansch. Such aspects of cultural diversity will be discussed in sessions at the fair. Authors of French-speaking Switzerland (Metin Arditi, Anne Cuneo, Dominique de Rivaz and Corinne Desarzens), the German-Swiss writers (Charles Lewinski, Lukas Barfuss, Mikhail Shishkin), the Romansch authors (Arno Camenisch, Andrea Fazioli) represent the cultural and linguistic diversity of Switzerland.
A “Special Guest” status was granted to the Netherlands and this is the first time the fair has introduced such an accolade. The Netherlands presents books for children, fiction and academic Dutch literature an area which is gaining in popularity every year. The fair also offers visitors the opportunity to meet six Dutch authors and to familiarize themselves with a special Dutch edition of the “Foreign literature” magazine. Among the invited participants are Herman Koch (novelist), Sjeng Scheijen (specialist in Slavic studies), Dick Swaab (neuroscientist), Geert Mak (historian) and journalists Pieter Waterdrinker and Olaf Koens.

Children have their own dedicated area at the fair. It features the stands for the best children’s book editors (halls 16 and 17) and the children’s playground called Territory of Knowledge. The topic of the children’s zone is “Believe it or not: who, what and why we believe and trust”. The Territory of Knowledge program includes meetings with the best Russian and foreign authors and book illustrators, various workshops, master-classes, games quests, illustration shows, etc.

Another novelty at the Fair is its Gourmet Sector dedicated exclusively to cookbooks. Hall 19 on the third floor of the Central House of Artists will present a selection of books on culinary art, turning into a communication platform for chiefs, authors of cook books and lovers of fine cuisine.

Visitors to the Central House of Artists can enjoy not only contemporary literature but also the Antique Book Sector and the Vinyl Club, which is a fair of vinyl records, CDs and accessories, and a meeting place for collectors and lovers of rare editions.

Non/fiction Book Fair is also a host of literary award ceremonies:

The Andrey Beliy Award
Maurice Waksmaher and Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu French literary awards
The Man Booker Prize
The Big Book award – a meeting with laureates and the roundtable
The Public Thought award of the Institute of Public Projects in the Field of Social Science Literature 
The Art of book. Traditions and Research contest
The Best bookstore in Moscow contest