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  • 22 October 2014

    We would like to make you interested in the upcoming international Toronto Book Fair – Inspire!, which will be held from 13th to 16th November this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, situated at 720 Bathurst St. More than 400 writers from the entire world have been invited to participate in INSPIRE! The program includes meetings with authors, lectures, panel discussions and workshops.

    With a great pleasure I would like to invite you mainly to visit the Polish stall ‘Polska! A Good Read!’ The aim of the pavilion is the promotion of Polish-Canadian literature, which has been published in Canada, Poland and in many other countries. It is a chance for readers to talk with Polish-Canadian writers, who will also sign their books.

    At the Polish stall you will find books written by Eva Stachniak, who comes from Wrocław, but has lived in Toronto since 1980s. She began her career by writing a series of short stories for Canadian literary magazines. She is the author of such novels as Necessary Lies, the Garden of Venus, Dysonans and two prose works about the fate of Catherine the Great. Her books were translated into many languages and hailed bestsellers in Canada and Germany.

    Anna Szado is another writer whose books will be available at the book fair in Toronto. She is the author of the novel entitled Studio Saint-Ex, which tells the unusual and fascinating story of the origins of the legendary book for children The Little Prince - the famous work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who was both a writer and a pilot and spend the last months of his life among French immigrants in New York during World War II. Begging of Was - Szado’s earliest book, was nominated for a prestigious literary award established by Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

    Dr. Edward Sołtys’s recent book Black Ribbon Day will be also available in the Polish pavilion at the book fair. Sołtys has a PH.D. in sociology and since he immigrated to Canada in 1987, he has been an active member of the Polish community, as well as the author of many publications about Poles in Canada. He is the author of Half a Century of Canadian Polish Congress, Parlament na Obczyźnie, Trwanie w walce and Road to Freedom. His recent book Black Ribbon Day presents the beginnings of the initiative in Canada in the mid-1980s to commemorate victims of totalitarian ideologies, especially of communism, fascism and the nazism.

    At the book fair in Toronto the publications of Andrew Borkowski will be also present, who is a writer, editor, journalist and a musician living in Toronto since his birth. He began his career writing for newspapers such as Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, as well as magazines such as The Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, and TV Guide. His book entitled Copernicus Avenue is the winner of 2012 Toronto Book Awards and is a collection of short stories inspired by his childhood and youth which he spent among the Polish community in Roncesvalles Village.

    A book written by Jowita Bydlowska will also be available at the book fair. Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to Canada as a teenager. Her memoir entitled Drunk Mom, has become her great work. She tells the unusual and true story about her being a young mother addicted to alcohol until the moment of giving up drinking in a direct and painfully sincere language.

    On behalf of me and above mentioned writers I would also like to invite cordially for panel discussions with writers such as Andrew Borkowski, Eva Stachniak, Jowita Bydlowska and Anna Szado. The panel will be entitled Polish Canadian Voices and will be held as a part of the book fair on Sunday, 16th November, 2014 at 10:15 a.m., at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

    More information and detailed program of the book fair you will find on the website INSPIRE!, via

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