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Romania to attend Book Expo America for first time


Romania will attend for the first time the Book Expo America (BEA) fair taking place in New York between May 28 and 31, with a national stand and several events organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).

The Romanian events organized by ICR New York and the National Book Centre are consistent with the main theme of this year's edition - translation, a release of ICR's Communication Service informed on Monday.

The schedule includes debates and conferences on the stimulation of translations and on translators' experiences, and presentations of English renditions of works of Romanian authors.

Romanian and American translators, editors and writers are on the guest list; among others, Alistair Ian Blyth, Sean Cotter, Adrian Sahlean, Jill Schoolman, Kendall Storey, and Varujan Vosganian.

Director of ICR's National Book Centre Bogdan Popescu will present ICR's programmes in support of translation.

On the closure of BEA 2014, ICR New York will host a retrospective event featuring portraits of contemporary Romanian writers and books recently published in Romania; the exhibition will then travel to the Queens Public Library, New York.

ICR New York's premises also host the :Eugene Ionesco - portraits' exhibition (photographs by Sorin Ionescu), which is already running.

On the same occasion, a delegation made up of ICR Vice President Zoltan Nagy Mihaly, Director-general of the ICR Foreign Representations General Directorate Ioana Dragan, and ICR New York Director Doina Uricariu will donate to the Washington, DC Library of Congress, on behalf of Romanian publishing houses, the most important volumes on display at Romania's stand at BEA 2014.

The delegation also includes representatives of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), who will offer several monumental publications dedicated to the history, culture, and national heritage of Romania sponsored by BNR. Among the titles to be added to the inventory of the Library of Congress are a complete edition of 'Mihai Eminescu's Manuscripts' coordinated by Academician Eugen Simion under the auspices of the Romanian Academy.

BEA is the most important book fair in North America; it brings together more than 1,000 exhibitors and 800,000 visitors each year.

BEA offers the Romanian authors and publishers the unique opportunity of a direct dialogue with top publishing houses and book distributors in the United States, and of raising the interest of American literary agents and publishers.

Romania's first participation to the most important international book fair in the US coincides with the celebration of a decade since the country's accession to NATO and also honors the signing of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States.