Bookfest, one of the largest book fairs in Romania, will take place between June 1 and June 5 at Romexpo in Bucharest.

Israel will be the invited country at this year’s edition, under the motto ‘Never stop dreaming’. As such, Romanian audiences will meet contemporary Israeli authors, sample books in Hebrew, and Romanian translations of well-known Israeli works. The invited authors coming to Bucharest this June are: Zeruya Shalev, Gil Hovav, Dror Mishani, Rony Oren, Fania Oz-Salzberger, and Meir Shalev.

Visitors will be able to attend more than 300 events, as varied as book launches, talks, cinema screenings and others. Around 200 publishing houses are present at the fair, where entrance is free.

Israel is the seventh invited partner at Bookfest, after Spain in 2010, Hungary in 2011, France in 2012, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2013, Poland in 2014, and the Czech Republic in 2015.

The fair is organized each year by the Association of Romanian Publishers (Asociația Editorilor din România) and has been included by the Culture Ministry on the list of priority projects to which it directs financing. The fair began under the name Bookarest and in 2012 it expanded throughout the country with local editions in Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Targu-Mures, and Brasov.

Photo source: Bookfest Facebook page