September 20th will be the perfect Friday night for Polish book lovers.
Celebrating 20 years since its establishment, book distributor OSDW Azymut is organizing the “Night of Bookstores.”
The first event of this kind in Poland will take place in forty-five cities all around the country from dusk till dawn.
The night from September 20th to September 21st will be a long one.
The Night of Bookstores will be packed with a myriad of attractions for children, teenagers and adults alike, such as Q&As with well-known authors, interesting lectures and literature-oriented quizzes and contests, among many others.
Residents of Warsaw can expect to have plenty of fun during the “Poetic Silent Disco” that will take place on the Savior Square, during which the participants will receive a pair of headphones with three changeable channels to choose from. Channel one will be playing poetry and audio theater and channels two and three – music.
Or, if they are in the mood for a bit less hustle and bustle, they can participate in an interactive reading of “The Black Book” by Rita Kaczmarska that will feature shadow puppetry.
Those living in Cracow can attend a 24-hour-long “trance reading” of Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” or dance to funky music all night in bookstore Massolit, to name just a few.
The goal behind the “Night of the Bookstores” is aimed at not only popularizing reading among adults and children but primarily it hopes to promote independently run bookstores that are facing more and more obstacles on the Polish book market, with over 43% being part of a larger bookstore chain.
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Fascinated by how books influence culture and society, and especially keen on fiction. Still not fully convinced to ebooks, Kasia reads on a Kindle from time to time. But, whenever possible, she'll always pick print.
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