- 18 Apr 2018 6:30 AM
"The Book Festival awaits its visitors at Millenáris, which provides a rich cultural milieu, a modern atmosphere, an even smarter exhibition area, and good accessibility."
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The International Book Festival in Budapest traditionally features the most renowned authors in the world. An award ceremony for the 'Budapest Grand Prize', and the on-stage discussion with the prize-winner, will be a special event this year.
The 'Budapest Grand Prize' gained its significance by the fact that it has been received by some of the most outstanding representatives of contemporary world literature. In 2018, Daniel Kehlmann will receive the award. Past winners are:
Ernst Jandl (1995), Ephraim Kishon (1996), Imre Kertész(1997), Salman Rushdie (1998), Victor Yerofeyev (1999), Sławomir Mrożek (2000), Robert Merle (2001), Lawrence Norfolk (2002), Mario Vargas Llosa (2003), Günter Grass (2004), Paulo Coelho (2005), Jorge Semprún (2006), Umberto Eco (2007), Bret Easton Ellis (2008), Ljudmila Ulickaja (2009), Amos Oz (2010), Per Olov Enquist (2011), Claudio Magris (2012), Michel Houellebecq (2013), Sofi Oksanen (2014), Jonathan Franzen(2015) and Jostein Gaarder (2016), Orhan Pamuk (2017).
After the highly successful Guest of Honour presentations of Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, China, Romania, Israel, the European Union, the Nordic Countries, Turkey the highlight fell on the Visegrad Group introduce the literature and the publishing industry of the four countries.
In 2018 Serbia will be the country Guest of Honour
European First Novel Festival will be held for the 18th time within the frame of the Book Festival to introduce talented young authors from the members of the European Union. This event is a joint effort of 28 EU-member countries.
The event hosts about 100 authors from 25 countries, more than 400 Hungarian authors, scientists, and artists and offers a wide range of cultural programs, such as meetings with authors, signings sessions, book premiers and presentations, roundtable discussions, concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions and films.
The Book Festival is also a professional and business forum, where trade meetings, conferences and lectures are held on the key issues of the book market and of reading habits. Librarians’ Club, the professional event of librarians is one of the special features of the Book Festival.
Gyerek(b)irodalom (Children’s Lit Kingdom) is organized especially for children to satisfy the interest and needs of young generations with promotion of children’s books and special programs for kids.