Read Russia! at BookExpo America


1 - 8 June 2012, New York City




At this year's Book Expo America (BEA) – North America's premier gathering of book trade professionals – Russia was the guest of honour at the Global Market Forum. In connection with the activities at BEA an international team of academic and cultural programmers came together to produce Read Russia 2012, a city-wide festival of contemporary Russian arts and culture.


Read Russia 2012 ran from June 1 to June 8 at leading cultural institutions and entertainment venues across New York City. Sponsored by the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications under the direction of Vladimir Grigoriev, the festival offered audiences outside BookExpo the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural dialogue with a new generation of Russia’s literary leaders and newsmakers . In addition to making available new English translations of contemporary and classic  Russian literature, Read Russia launched a major exhibition of children’s book illustrations, a travelling film series and a new documentary television project about Russian literature, as well as a wide-ranging Literary Showcase that served as the focal point of the festival.




Literary Showcase


Over 25 contemporary Russian writers visited New York during the festival week, among them literary and journalistic heavyweights such as Dmitry Bykov, Sergei LukyanenkoEdward Radzinsky, Master Chen, and Mikhail Shishkin. The diversity of these writers and the genres in which they work – from historical fiction to detective novels to stream-of-consciousness prose – allowed for a dynamic programme that appealed to different audiences. In moderated panel discussions, readings, writing workshops, and film screenings of literary adaptations, the writers discussed their works in the context of both historic Russian literary traditions and current universal political and cultural themes.


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