The 22nd edition of the Gaudeamus International Book Fair running over November 18 – 22 at the Bucharest Romexpo exhibition center will showcase 300 exhibitors and will host 700 editorial and professional events, director of the Media Radio Center Oltea Serban Parau told a press conference at the Radio Hall.
Of the traditional Gaudeamus projects, Vladimir Epstein, who has been directing the fair for two decades now, mentioned: “The Books Return Home,” through which 140,000 volumes have already reached disfavored areas; “Top Scorer Olympic Contenders” and the “GAUDEMUS raffle.” According to Epstein, the organizers of the event heavily rely on the “Vote of the Public” “that rewards publishing houses, initiatives and projects that subsequently get the seal of approval of prestigious institutions from Romania and abroad.”
Canada’s Ambassador in Bucharest Joanne Lemay, chair of the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions in Romania (GFEDI), which is the event’s guest of honor, expressed satisfaction at participating in this year’s edition of the fair, and announced that the Group will organize more than 20 events under the umbrella of this landmark of the publishing industry.
GFEDI addresses all those who want to get acquainted with the French language and culture, said the Canadian diplomat, mentioning that French language books, mainly children’s books, will be on offer at the stand of the special guest. Lemay also mentioned the organization of a series of round table meetings dedicated to Francophone literature and children’s workshops.
The current edition will officially open under the logo “The Most Read Book Fair of the Most Listened-to Radio,” on November 18 at noon. The current edition comes with hundreds of thousands of titles on display, either older or freshly rolled out, with hundreds of events running continuously throughout the five days of the fair, special guests, many creation workshops for the youngest visitors and exhibitions.
The host of the Gaudeamus 2015 Fair is Victor Ieronim Stoichita, a reputed art history researcher and professor who lives in Switzerland, announced Oltea Serban Parau.
This year too the fair will see the award of the Gaudeamus prizes to three of the exhibitors, the “Most Wanted Book” of the fair decided by the vote of the public, based on a visitor traffic survey, and the “Mircea Santimbreanu” Journalism Award in the radio, TV, news agencies and online media categories presented to the journalists who will cover the fair. More…