Romanian Literature: A European Odyssey. Romania at the London Book Fair 2019

12 - 14/03/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

Marking the twelfth consecutive showcase of Romanian literature at the London Book Fair, this year’s programme at this major global event is a celebration of Europeanness. Taking place at Olympia Exhibition Centre, at 1 Belgrave Square and the Caravansérail Bookshop of Brick Lane, a series of events ranging from book launches and debates to poetry readings and music will celebrate Romanian literature through the works of contemporary writers but also through translations of time-honored authors.

The protagonists of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair 2019 are writers Linda Maria Baros, Andrei Codrescu, Claudiu Florian, Horia Gârbea, Mircea Mihăieș, Ioana Pârvulescu, Lucy Popescu and Matei Vișniec, journalist Rosie Goldsmith, translator Gabi Reigh, literary critics Dan Cristea, Daniel Cristea Enache and Răzvan Voncu, as well as publishers Silvia Colfescu and Dan Pleșa. Musical accompaniment for the final evening of the programme will be offered by pianist Mina Beldimănescu.

The Romanian participation at the LBF 2019 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute's Book Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of the Romanian Embassy, Caravansérail Bookshop, the Romanian Publishers Association, University of Pittsburgh Press, Palm Art Press and Aurora Metro Books. The project is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Please note: all the events in the programme are in English.



14:00/ Stand 5C126/ Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road
The Opening of the Romanian Stand at the London Book Fair 2019

Introductory remarks by HE Dan Mihalache, the Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St James's.

This year, we inaugurate Romania’s stand at the London Book Fair in the company of author Horia Gârbea and literary critics Daniel Cristea Enache, Dan Cristea and Răzvan Voncu. The four guests will look at Romanian literature in the wider European context, in a conversation chaired by RCI London acting director Magda Stroe. Romanian and British authors, translators, publishers and other professionals from both sides of the English Channel – you are all welcome! Followed by a vin d’honneur.

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19:00/ RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square
Romanian Literature: A European Topos

For the flagship event in our programme, an evening of invigorating conversations and exquisite prose, Romania’s European Union Prize for Literature laureates take centre stage. Celebrated authors Ioana Pârvulescu and Claudiu Florian, winners of the EUPL Prize, will be reflecting on writing in a new Europe and the borderless imagination in the company of revered British author Paul Bailey, a refined connoisseur of Romanian literature and culture at large. The conversation, chaired by former BBC journalist Rosie Goldsmith, director of the European Literature Network, will be illustrated by readings from the awarded writings - Ioana Pârvulescu’s novel Life Begins on Friday and the short story A Voice, as well as Claudiu Florian’s The Ages of the Game. Citadel Street.

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12:00/ Stand 5C126/ Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road
The Case for European Literature

EUNIC London, the association of cultural institutes and embassies from the EU, and the Romanian Cultural Institute invite you to celebrate European literature over a glass of wine and stimulating discussions. The Romanian Cultural Institute’s translation support programmes have, for years, been some of the most generous financial schemes of this kind in Europe and beyond. The event brings together cultural attachés, directors of cultural institutes, European writers, publishing houses with plenty to offer and translators ready to go mingle and network in search of the next translation venture. Our special guests from Romania are publishers Dan Pleșa (Vellant Publishing House) and Silvia Colfescu (Vremea Publishing House), joined by author and translator Linda Maria Baros.

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19:00/ Caravansérail Bookshop, 5 Cheshire St, London E2 6ED
No Time Like Now: New Romanian Books in English

The latest Romanian books in English are presented, alongside the newest collection of lyric poems by revered American writer of Romanian origin Andrei Codrescu, in a special event hosted by Caravansérail, the charming bilingual bookshop nestled in London's Brick Lane. The event brings together acclaimed authors Andrei Codrescu (‘No Time Like Now’, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), Matei Vișniec (‘Migraaaaants! There's Too Many on This Damn Boat’, Palm Art Press, 2018) and Mircea Mihăieș, joined by prolific Gabi Reigh and her new translations of Lucian Blaga’s ‘Poems of Light’ (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018) and Mihail Sebastian’s ‘Women’ & ‘The Town with Acacia Trees’ (Aurora Metro Books, 2019). Followed by a wine reception.

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19:00/ RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square
In Verse We Trust: An Evening of Poetry and Music

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” - Emily Dickinson

Award-winning Romanian-American author Andrei Codrescu, whose work is "cause for celebration" (Kay Boyle), is our special guest for the last event in Romania’s programme at the London Book Fair. He is joined by distinguished writer and literary critic Mircea Mihăieș for an uplifting evening of poetry and music, where readings of thought-provoking verse are interspersed with live music performed by virtuoso pianist Mina Beldimănescu.

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