NonFiction book fair opens in Moscow

The International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-fiction is celebrating its 16th anniversary November 26-30. NonFiction is one of Russia’s largest book fairs, wrapping up the autumn literary marathon on the heels of the Moscow International Book Fair and the Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair, which took place at the beginning of November.

This year, 281 publishers from 10 countries are occupying the enormous three-story Central House of Artists. More than 500 events are scheduled to be held at discussion areas and stands throughout the five-day event.

This year, NonFiction’s guests of honor are children. The director of NonFiction, Yulia Blagorazumova, told RBTH that the organizers tried to make the space as interesting as possible for young readers. “A book should not be an encumbrance; it should evoke interest. We wanted our exhibition area to immerse kids in the world of literature and the characters they read about,” she said.

NonFiction’s children’s area is called the “Territory of Knowledge,” where Russian and foreign authors will hold meetings and give master classes for kids. Little readers will get to participate in quizzes and interactive programs, as well as explore an exhibit of book illustrations.

Visitors to the fair will be able to buy books not only for themselves, but also for orphanages. According to Irina Balakhonova, a member of NonFiction’s Children’s Expert Council and the editor-in-chief of publisher Samokat, buyers can donate to orphanages by taking their newly purchased books to a Bumper children’s bus parked outside the entrance.

Bumper is a book studio, store, and club all in one bus. “It is most important not just to bring books, but to talk about them and inspire kids to read,” reads the project’s website. The Bumper team holds book motivation programs for more than 10,000 children of all ages every year.

The latest innovations in the Russian book industry will also receive their fair share of attention at the fair. A variety of roundtables will be held with Russian authors, and visitors will be able to meet with writers.

In keeping with tradition, visitors will be able to visit a section dedicated to antique books and the Vinyl club.

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