The first day of the Ostrava Book Festival and the Holiday Tourism Fair, March 3, 2023, Exhibition Center Černá louka, Ostrava. The picture shows the writer Karin Lednická at an autograph session.
Ostrava – So far, the largest participation of Polish exhibitors is one of the attractions of the two-day tourism trade fair Holiday, which started today at the Černá louka exhibition center in Ostrava. At the same time, the Ostrava Book Festival takes place there, where visitors can meet the writers Karin Lednická and Kateřina Tučková or the actor and director Jiří Mádl, who will present his debut novel The Attraction of the Planet Krypton.
Exhibitors from Poland include, for example, the Ślaska organizazione turystyczna, the cities of Ratiboř and Wodzislaw Ślaski, the historic Ignacy mine in Rybnica, or the Energylandia amusement park. “We haven't had so many representatives from Poland here before. Compared to last year, I would say that the fair is much more packed, even in terms of programming,” said Holiday Veronika Břicháčková for the fair.
There are about eight dozen exhibitors at the fair. “I recommend a visit to Technotrasa, where there are also interactive demonstrations. You can try on hats from Nové Jičín or at Krajina brídlice you can carve a heart out of slate,” said Břicháčková.
Last year, both fairs had limited space , because the Regional Assistance Center for Helping Ukraine (KACPU) was established in Pavilion A, where they take place. “This year, we tried to revive the program of workshops and bring in new authors. At the Voices of Freedom & Deník N stage last year, we dealt with covid and the war in Ukraine, we will also discuss this this year and we will also talk about the new Mr. President,” she said Denisa Urbanová book festival.
The face of this year's festival is Karin Lednická, who will have a joint discussion with Kateřina Tučková on Saturday. Among the creative workshops is a workshop with bookbinder Kateřina Mestická, where visitors can make their own diaries. The bookseller also performs a “book dissection”, where she takes the book apart or shows different types of bindings.
Some publishing houses present fresh news at the festival, for example, Ostrava's Protimluv book Přemalovat pot by Pilsen poet Jan Sojka. “It's his litany over the death of his father, a very sensitive, very deep reflection of the relationship between father and son, which, I think, is a sensitive matter for every reader. It's our first poetry title this year,” said Jiří Macháček, editor-in-chief of Protimluvu.
A week ago, the Hejkal publishing house published another of the series of historical detective stories by the Austrian writer Andreas Pittler, Hot July 1927. The author, whose grandmother came from the Moravian-Silesian metropolis, will present it personally in Ostrava.
“We are publishing a whole series of books Andreas Pittler. It's called Viennese Crimes and each part takes place in a year significant for Austrian history. Hot July 1927 is based on an event less known in our country, the so-called Schattendorf trial, which led to social riots and the burning of the Palace of Justice in Vienna.” said Markéta Hejkalová, editor-in-chief of the Hejkal Publishing House.
In Ostrava, she also presents her own author's novel, the novel Dům pod náměstím, published by the Host publishing house. “It is based on the history of our house in Havlíčková Brod, where we have a shop and a cafe,” said Hejkalová.