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Dorota Masłowska, photo: Adam Kozak/AG

The brand new literary faces of Olga Tokarczuk and Jerzy Pilch, investigative journalism by Małgorzata Szejnert, Justyna Kopińska and Cezary Łazarewicz, and the biographies of Krzysztof Komeda and Jerzy Popiełuszko. These are just some of the many highlights Polish editors have in store for Polish-language readers in 2018.

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Olga Tokarczuk, photo: Krzysztof Dubiel for the Polish Book Institute

Filip Springer and Olga Tokarczuk will be discussing their newest books with Hay Festival attendees during this year’s edition of the famous literature festival.

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Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, photo: Krzysztof Dubiel for the Polish Book Institute

The London Book Fair is one of the biggest literary and publishing events of the year. A meeting place for writers and publishers from around the world, each year LBF promotes cultural diversity through its Market Focus – an initiative presenting the publishing industry of a country or region. This year’s Market Focus is Poland.

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The London Book Fair (14th – 16th March 2017) is one of the biggest literary and publishing events of the year. A meeting place for writers and publishers from around the world, each year LBF promotes cultural diversity through its Market Focus – an initiative presenting the publishing industry of a country or region. 2017’s Market Focus is Poland.

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Still from the movie Spoor, directed by Agnieszka Holland, 2016. In the photo: Agnieszka Mandat and Wiktor Zborowski, photo: Palka Robert/Next Film

While adapting Olga Tokarczuk’s novel for the big screen, Agnieszka Holland merged a cinematic fairy tale with an environmental thriller. A fairy tale without charm with a thriller lacking suspense.

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Stills from the film Spoor by Agnieszka Holland, based on a book by Olga Tokarczuk. It features music by Antoni Łazarkiewicz, and cinematography by Jolanta Dylewska and Rafał Paradowski. The cast includes Agnieszka Mandat, Jakub Gierszał, Wiktor Zborowski and Patricia Volna.

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Still from 'Pitbull: New Order' directed by Patryk Vega. In the image: Bogusław Linda, photo: press materials

The growing popularity of domestic crime films has become more than noticeable in Poland in recent years. Titles like Traffic Department and I’m a Killer attract sizeable audiences and have set a new, higher standard for Polish genre pictures. So who are the big names in Poland’s cinematic crime world and what are the key factors fuelling its rise?

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Olga Tokarczuk, photo. Grażyna Makara

Writer Olga Tokarczuk has been awarded the Brueckepreis award, an international prize given by the twin towns of Zgorzelec, Poland and Goerlitz, Germany, in recognition for her activity in the field of intercultural understanding and agreement.

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Can you tell your Szymborska from your Sienkiewicz? Do you think you're well-versed (pun totally intended) in your romantics and your modernists? Take our Polish literature quiz to really test your knowledge.

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In The Books of Jacob Tokarczuk took a new role: a pugnacious 21st – century’s prophetess, who reaches back to the history of the nation in order to properly shake it up, grill it and interpret it in her way.

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The hottest names of contemporary Polish literature, discussions, conversations on the most important issues of the identity of today's Poland, numerous domestic publishers presenting their most interesting publications – these are only some of the attractions of the Polish stand that will be available to visitors of the Book Fair in Paris on 19-23 March.

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European Poet of Freedom 2016

Poets from Denmark, Macedonia, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Hungary and Italy were nominated for the European Poet of Freedom Award 2016. The literary award from Gdańsk is granted every two years and has so far had three laureates.

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Meetings with prominent individuals from the world of literature, debates, exhibitions, film projections, theatre performances, workshops – all of this during the Conrad Festival in Kraków.

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Scandinavian authors watch out! The Era of Polish crime writers is nearing.

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Agnieszka Holland, photo: Marek Wiśniewski / Puls Biznesu / Forum

Agnieszka Holland is this year's recipient of Culture.pl's Superbrands award. In an interview with Bartosz Staszczyszyn, she shares her reflections on politics in Poland, Europe, the role of the arts in social debate, and her new film.

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The celebrations for the 600th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland provide the chance for a wider presentation of Polish literature in Istanbul’s biggest literature festival. Readers will have a chance to meet novelists Andrzej Bart, Wojciech Kuczok, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Joanna Olech, and Adam Pękalski.

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Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a moral thriller that will keep you guessing until its very last page.

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Olga Tokarczuk, fot. Grażyna Makara

Poland is the guest of honour at the 22nd edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair, which is to be held from 15-23 February, 2014 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The occasion coincides with the 60thanniversary of Polish-Indian diplomatic relations.

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Tytus Czyżewski, Portrait of Bruno Jasieński, 1920, oil, canvas, photo: courtesy of the Museum of Art in Łódź, Kultura headquarters in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, photo by: Wojciech Łaski / East News, Józef Oleszkiewicz, Portrait of Adam Mickiewicz, 1828, donation of Władysław Mickiewicz, photo source: National Museum in Cracow

In order to guide English-speakers towards the Polish authors best suited for their specific tastes, Culture.pl has put together an exclusive guide offering historical context and tailor-made recommendations.

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