05.02.2013

Croatia at the London Book Fair 2013

Croatia show-cased at the London Book Fair!

This year, Croatia will be having a national country stand at the London Book Fair 2013 for the first time ever. In honour of the fact that they will be joining the EU this year, and as part of the on-going celebrations for the Welcome Croatia Festival. Istros Books is proud to be part of this historic occassion, with a role in the organisation and running of the stand.

Events at the London Book Fair:

Monday, April 15th
14:00 – Promotion of 'Relations' Literary Magazine: ‘Contemporary Croatian Literature in English Translation’ with Roman Simic-Bodrozic, Will Firth, Susan Curtis-Kojakovic

Tuesday April 16th
11:00 Olja Savičević in conversation with Roman Simić Bodrožić, discussing her career as a poet and the imminent English publication of her    best-selling novel, ‘Farewell, Cowboy’
12:00 Josip Novakovich discusses his books on Creative writing with Croatian lecturer, author and Creative Writing teacher, Marinko Koščec
14:00 'Our Man in Iraq' – English translator of the novel, Will Firth in conversation with author, Robert Perišić and literary agent, Ivan Sršen.
16:30  Matko Sršen in conversation with translator and Slavic scholar, Celia Hawkesworth

Wednesday, April 17th
11:00 Daša Drndić talks about her writing, and being short-listed for the Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction, with her book ‘Trieste’, published in the UK by Maclehose Press. Hosted by Roy Cross, former head of British Council, Croatia
12:00 'A Handful of Sand' – English translator of the novel, Will Firth in conversation with author, Marinko Koščec
14:00 Ivan Sršen talks to Boris Gunjević about his book 'God in Pain', co-authored with Slavoj Žižek

External Events:

Tuesday April 16th
''Meet the voices of modern Croatian Literature''

A rare chance to get hear and meet three top Croatian writers presenting their work to a UK audience, in conversation with Nicholas Jarrold, former British Ambassador to Croatia. After a short presentation, the audience will have the chance to mingle and talk to each writer, in an informal 'mini book fair' setting, along with a glass of wine or juice.
Featuring:
Daša Drndić  -   long listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013
Josip Novakovich –  nominated for Man Booker International Prize 2013
Marinko Koščec –  winner of the first-ever Meša Selimović Prize for best novel in the Croatian-Serbian-Bosnian-Montenegrin speaking region,2002
This event is hosted as part of the Welcome Croatia Festival, in parallel with Croatia's inaugural presence at this year's London Book Fair, and in celebration of its accession to the EU in July this year.
The Nightingale Room, Keats House (library), Keats Grove, Hampstead, London, NW3 2RR
18:30 – 20:30

Wednesday April 17th
''Contemporary Croatian Literature: Inside and Out''

A two-part discussion on today's Croatian literary scene, and the efforts to bring Croatian literature to a wider audience through translation. Chaired by Man Booker International nominee, Josip Novakovich, and Literary Editor, Roman Simić-Bodrožić
Part 1 – Croatian lit: Marinko Koščec, Daša Drndić, Robert Perišić, Matko Sršen
Chaired by Roman Simić-Bodrožić

Part 2 – Croatian lit in translation: Will Firth, Ivan Sršen, Mia Pervan, Susan Curtis-Kojaković
Chaired by Josip Novakovich

This event is hosted by the Croatian Embassy in London, in celebration of Croatia's inaugural presence at this year's London Book Fair, and its imminent accession to the EU, in July.
Europe House 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU
18:30 – 20:30