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25 years of the Book Fair
A literary phenomenon and 3 generations of readers




The International Book Fair in Kraków® is an annual event dedicated to the publishing and bookselling industry, organized since 1997 by Targi w Krakowie Ltd.  Aimed at promoting readership, the event is open to the general public. Its exhibitors include Polish and international publishers, book wholesalers, bookstores, cultural institutions, associations active in the Polish book market, electronic media distributors, printing houses, and paper manufacturers.








The International Book Fair in Kraków® is the trademark of the city, a platform to promote good books, get together, share ideas and discuss literature. In 2013, Kraków was named UNESCO City of Literature, the second town outside the anglophone workd and one of seven across the globe to receive that prestigious title. This is what makes it such an ideal venue for an international book event. The International Book Fair in Kraków® serves to consolidate the image of Kraków and Małopolska as a region that for centuries has set the course for Polish culture, set the pace of change, influenced readers’ tastes, and shaped literary trends.




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PREVIOUS EDITIONS

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 24th International Book Fair in Krakow, 14-17 October 2021
Exhibitors' number: 282

Visitors' number: 25 000

Motto: "Man lives by change" Stanislaw Lem


Fair's Guests e.g.: prof. Jerzy Bralczyk, Ałbena Grabowska, Thomas Arnold, Mariusz Szczygieł, Andrzej Pilipiuk, Denis Urubko, Krzysztof Wielicki, Janusz Leon Wiśniewski i Ewelina Wojdyło, Magdalena Wolińska-Riedi, Nela Mała Reporterka, Jacek Komuda, Marisa de Lempicka, Mery Spolsky, Ten Typ Mes

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Book-Fair-in-Krakow-online-2020​ Book Fair in Krakow ONLINE, 19th-25th October 2020
In 2020, the International Book Fair in Krakow was not held in the traditional form. The online version under the slogan "Book Fair is US!" included:

- discounts from publishers and distributors, valid during the fair week (October 19-25, 2020)

- discounts in bookstores in Krakow, valid during the market week (October 19-25, 2020)

- online meetings with authors
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 23rd-International-Book-Fair-in-Krakow 23rd International Book Fair in Krakow, 24th-27th October 2019

​Exhibitors' number: 572

Visitors' number: 68 000


Motto: „By reading, I could live more intensely" Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Guest: Germany - German Stories

Fair's Guests e.g.: prof. Jerzy Bralczyk, Anna Kamińska, Marek Krajewski, Andrzej Maleszka, Brandon Mull, Tomasz Organek, Beata Pawlikowska, Samantha Shannon, Philip Zimbardo

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 22nd International Book Fair in Krakow, 25th-28th October, 2018


​Exhibitors' number: 615

Visitors' number: more than 68 000


Motto: „Books are doors that lead out into the street" Arturo Pérez-Reverte​

Guest of honour: Sweden

Fair's Guests e.g.: Sylwia ChutnikRobert Biedroń, prof. Jerzy Bralczyk, Katarzyna GrocholaJacek Hugo-BaderMons Kallentoft, Małgorzata i Michał KuźmińscyAnna Lewandowska, Åsa LindHerman LindqvistBeata PawlikowskaKrzysztof Pleśniarowicz, Henryk SawkaThomas SjöbergAndrzej StrejlauMaciej StuhrVincent V. SeverskiJanusz Leon Wiśniewski



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 21st International Book Fair in Krakow, 26th-29th October, 2017


Exhibitors' number: nearly 700

Visitors' number: more than 70 000


Motto: „I read and am liberated" Fernando Pessoa 

Guest of honour: France

Fair's Guests e.g.: Camilla Läckberg, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Remigiusz Mróz, Nela Mała Reporterka, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt,  Nicholas Sparks, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Jerzy Stuhr


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 20th International Book Fair in Krakow, 27th-30th October, 2016


Exhibitors' number: nearly 700

Visitors' number: more than 68 000


Motto: „To read you need to be open-minded" Etgar Keret 

Guest of honour: Israel 

Fair's Guests e.g. : Katarzyna Bonda, Guido van Genechten, Wojciech Kuczok, Eshkol Nevo, Peter Seewald, Zeruya Shalev, Filip Springer, Martyna Wojciechowska


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 19th International Book Fair in Krakow, 22nd25th October, 2015

​Exhibitors' number: 700


Visitors' number: 68 000

Motto: „Reading makes you bold" Nina George 

Guest of honour: Lithuania

Fair's Guests e.g. : C.J. Daugherty, Hanna Krall, Nina George, Remigiusz Mróz, Rasa RimickaiteMariusz Szczygieł, Janusz Leon Wisniewski, Adam Zagajewski


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 18th International Book Fair in Krakow, 23rd26th October, 2014

Exhibitors' number: 696


Visitors' number: 60 000

Motto: „Thinking always begins with reading" Tadeusz Gadacz 

Guest of honour: Hungary

Fair's Guests e.g. : Leonardo Patrignani, Anna Dymna, Edward Łysiak, Jerzy Illg, Grzegorz Kasdepke, Antoni Kroh, Emilio Pascual Martin


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 17th Book Fair in Krakow, 24th27th October, 2013


Exhibitors' number:
 570

Visitors' number: 40 000


Motto: „Who read - do not ask!”

Guest of honour Salon of Regions: Kaszuby and Gdańsk

Fair's Guests e.g.: prof. Jerzy Bralczyk, Ignacy Karpowicz, Åsa Elena Larsson, o. Leon Knabit OSB, Carlo A. Martigli, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Andrzej Pilipiuk, Andrzej Stasiuk


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 16th Book Fair in Krakow, 25th28th October, 2012


Exhibitors' number:
 562

Visitors' number: 34 000

Motto: „This is why I exist, to read books…" Clare Morrall


Guest of honour Salon of Regions: Podhale 

Fair's Guests e.g.: Władysław Bartoszewski, Sorj Chalandon, Dorothy Cummings, Julia Hartwig, Jacek Hugo-Bader, Roberto Innocenti, Marek Krajewski, Szahrnusz Parsipur 


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 15th Book Fair in Krakow, 3rd6th November, 2011


Exhibitors' number:
 539

Visitors' number: 35 000

Motto: „This is not the end of the books” Umberto Eco


Fair's Guests e.g: Władysław Bartoszewski, Janusz Głowacki, Mo Hayder, Michel Houellebecq, Marianne Malone, Chris Niedenthal


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 14th Book Fair in Krakow, 4th–7th October, 2010


Exhibitors' number:
 
453

Visitors' number: 31 500


Motto: An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.” Thomas Wharton 

Fair's Guests e.g: Jeffrey Archer, Władysław Bartoszewski, Marlena de Blasi, Delphine de Vigan, Julia Hartwig, Eustachy Rylski, Roberto Salvadori, Serhij Żadan


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 13th Book Fair in Krakow 5th8th October, 2009


Exhibitors' number:
 
481

Visitors' number: 24 900


Motto: „Who reads books, he lives a double” Umberto Eco 

Fair's Guests e.g.: Marek Bieńczyk, Julia Hartwig, Etgar Keret, Petra Morrsbach, Jerzy Pilch, Atiq Rahimi, Leila Rasheed, Anda Rottenberg, Olga Tokarczuk


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 12th Book Fair in Krakow, 23rd26th, October, 2008


Exhibitors' number:
 482

Visitors' number: 23 530

Fair's Guests e.g.: Jurij Andruchowycz, Darren Baker, Joe Bialowitz, Philip Bialowitz, Jacek Dukaj, Paweł Huelle, Michele Lesbre, Jerzy pilch, Dina Rubina 


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 11th Book Fair in Krakow, 25th28th October, 2007


Exhibitors' number: 
436

Visitors' number: 19 335

Fair's Guests e.g.: 
Philipp Vandenberg, Władysław Bartoszewski, Jonathan Carroll, Julia Hartwig, Sławomir Mrożek, Sven Nordqvist,  Barbara Toruńczyk, Jerzy Strzelczyk, Marek Krajewski, Felicitas Hoppe, Jorge Molist 


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 10th Book Fair in Krakow, 19th22nd October, 2006


Exhibitors' number:
 409

Visitors' number: 18 787

Fair's Guests e.g.Wiktor Suworow, Sylvie Germain, Maxim Chattam, Marek Krajewski, Adam Wajrak, Ludwik Jerzy Kern, Anna Świderkówna, Sławomi Mrożek


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 9th Book Fair in Krakow,  27th30th October, 2005


Exhibitors' number: 367

Visitors' number: 18 350

Fair's Guests e.g.: Norman Davies, katarzyna Grochola, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stanisław Lem, Sławomir Mrożek, Andrzej Stasiuk, Władysław Bartoszewski, Stefan Chwin


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 8th Book Fair in Krakow, 21st24th October, 2004


Exhibitors' number: 331

Visitors; number: 18 300

Fair's Guests e.g.: Ryszard Kapuściński, Wojciech Jagielski, Wiktor Jerofiejew, Wojciech Cerjrowski, Ewa Lipska, Roberto Salvadori, Stanisław Lem, Olga Tokarczuk, Chris Niedenthal 


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 7th Book Fair in Krakow, 23rd–26th October, 2003

Exhibitors' number: 303


Visitors' number: 24 424

Guest of honour: Russia

Fair's Guests.: Ludwik Jerzy Kern, Stanisław Lem, Ewa Lipska, Andrzej Mleczko, Sławomir Mrożek, Herta Müller, Adam Zagajewski, Olga Tokarczuk, Jean-Pierre Milovanoff


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 6th Book Fair in Krakow, 24th–27th October, 2002

Exhibitors' number: 298


Visitor's number: 19 511

Guest of honour: Republic of Hungary

Fair Guests: Wisława Szymborska, Sławomir Mrożek, Tadeusz Różewicz, Dorota Masłowska


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 5th Book Fair in Krakow, 25th–28th October, 2001

Exhibitors' number: 255


Visitors' number: 16 800

Guest of honour: France

Fair's Guests: Colette Samson, Jean-Christoph Ruffin, Frederic Beigbeder, Wiesław Myśliwski, Francois Boucq, Andrzej Wajda


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 4th Book Fair in Krakow, 26th–29th October, 2000


Exhibitors's number: 248


Visitors' number: 15 900

Guest of honour: Austria

Fair's Guests.: Stanisław Lem, Czesław Miłosz, Andrzej Sapkowski, ks. Jan Twardowski, Jean-Marie Laclavetine 


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 3rd Book Fair in Krakow, 21st–24th October, 1999


Exhibitors' number: 227


Visitors' number: 11 600

Fair's Guests e.g.: Czesław Miłosz, Stanisław Lem, Zdzisław Beksiński, Sławomir Mrożek


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 2nd Book Fair in Krakow, 22nd–25th, October, 1998


Exhibitors' number: 206


Visitors' number: 8000

Fair's Guests: Czesław Miłosz, Stanisław Lem, Norman Davies, Jonathan Carroll, Andrzej Wajda 

1st edition of Jan Długosz Contest 


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 1st Book Fair in Krakow, 23rd–25th October, 1997

Exhibitors' number: 140

Visitors' number
: 4700

Fair's Guests e.g.: Stanisław Lem, Wisława Szymborska