More than 45,000 people, 764 publishing houses turn Lviv into giant book market for four days
of writers, poets and critics were invited. Australian-born writer DBC Pierre came to Ukraine to present his book “Lights out in Wonderland,” translated into Ukrainian.
Cooking master Borys Burda also presented a master class in one of the Lviv restaurants. “I am a cook, so I will be cooking here and then feeding the guests,” he said. “If they eat everything I’ll consider it successful.”
Norwegian poet Gustein Bakke came with only a few of his poems translated into Ukrainian for the presentation, but still got a lot of attention. “I expected maybe five or six people to come, but it’s full,” Bakke says. He talked for about an hour with Ukrainian poet Ostap Slavinsky in Knygarnya E. Events were held all around the city, in cafes, restaurants, libraries, coffee houses and book shops.
Noting the popularity of the event, Norway’s Bakke says “it seems to be very meaningful to do things like this in Ukraine.”