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The Polish Book Institute
BookExpo America
the Polish Cultural Institute New York

Focus on Polish Children's Literature at BookExpo America

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Friday, May 29, 2015

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St, New York
Booth# 1247

In May of each year, the Polish cultural Institute New York partners with the Polish Book Institute to exhibit the latest and greatest of Polish literature at BookExpo America, the largest book fair in the United States. Taking place since 2009 in New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, BEA brings together over 800 authors and over 1,000 exhibitors to showcase new titles and upcoming books, as well as bringing together people from across the spectrum of the publishing industry. Exhibitors include major American and international publishers, as well as booksellers, libraries, distributors, designers, technology companies and others. Countries and national cultural institutes also take the opportunity to promote their authors and publishers.

With the extraordinary worldwide success of Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski's book Maps (tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Big Picture Press, 2013) and the surge of high-quality and creative children's literature coming out of Poland, this year's Polish booth at BookExpo will focus on children's literature.

Maps is a celebration of the world from the highest mountains to the tiniest insects, and everything in between. Featuring fifty-two intricately illustrated maps by two of Poland's leading graphic artists, the book has been translated into many languages.

The booth will also feature works by Polish illustrators such as Pawel Pawlak, with over 80 books to his name; the BolognaRagazzi Award-winner Marta Ignerska; Jan Bajtlik, one of the youngest illustrators in Poland today; Monika Hanulak, winner of the IBBY Book of the Year award in 2010; and Aleksanda Cieslak, a writer and illustrator whose books are made to be enjoyed equally by children and adults.

On Friday, May 29th at 2 PM, the East Stage will host the official announcement that Poland will be Guest of Honor at BEA Global Market Forum in Chicago in May next year. BEA Program Director Ruediger Wischenbart and BEA Event Director Steve Rosato will be joined by Grzegorz Gauden, the director of the Polish Book Institute. They will be joined by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Urszula Gacek.

To register for BookExpo, visit the BEA website.

Focus on Children's Literature is co-presented by BookExpo America, the Polish Book Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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