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Moscow Book Fair: meeting point of books and readers

Over 200,000 books in dozens of languages await their readers at the Moscow International Book Fair 2012. It will run from September 5 -10.

This Autumn book-lovers will enjoy 1,500 participants from 60 countries. Some of them are coming for the publishing industry networking and meeting their colleagues.


This year’s major theme is the Year of the Russian History since in 2012 Russia marks bicentenary of the victory in the War of 1812 and its decisive Borodino Battle. France is the guest of honor this year. Its bestselling authors Guillaume Musso, Charles Dantzig and super popular Frederic Beigbeder will attend the event and the latter will even play a DJ set at the BookMarket part of the Fair, says Matthieu-M.Ardin, the head of l'Institut Français de Moscou

"We expect a lot of meetings and discussions about new books, publishing and the role of traditional books in the modern world. We’ll also discuss a very topical issue –Napoleon in today’s cultural life of France, Russia and the world."

This year the Moscow Fair will have a lot of authors from Armenia whose publishing industry turns 500 in 2012.

UNESCO has made Yerevan the 2012 World Book Capital. The Moscow Fair will feature Russian and Armenian writers and translators to restore book exchange which was rather poor in the last 20 years. Russia and Armenia also plan to open national book stores in the two countries.

The Live Classics Association will bring Russian and international writers to the Fair and has prepared other surprises, says the head of the Association Marina Smirnova.

"The atmosphere will be amazing, we’ll have a 19th century stylization with antiques and rarities. We have a contest “write a letter to a writer” and a book swap."

Every book has its history and has a power to change people which is so important today.