23 April 2012 The Second Life of a Book, the 3rd edition

More than 200 people turned up for the book exchange at the Wyspiański Pavillion yesterday. Even though the rain forced the event to be held indoors, no one complained. This edition brought many true pearls coveted by participants ever since the launch of the campaign, including A Game of Thrones and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, as well as numerous foreign language books, which seem to attract more and more aficionados with each new edition of the campaign.


Pic: Elżbieta Kolny-Cukier

Before the book swap started, however, Ewa Bolińska from Fundacja Znaczy Się announced the launch of the new edition of the Strefa Wolnego Czytania (Free Reading Zone) campaign. – This time, our goal is to find and show places that teem with books and reading not just in Krakow but in the entire Malopolska Region. Seek them out, report them, make them known. There are more of us! Show yourselves! – she encouraged. To find out how to report a Reading-Friendly Place, go to: strefawolnegoczytania.pl

The youngest participants of the book swap were in for a nice surprise. Writer Renata Klamerus read out excerpts from her latest children book Tami z krainy pięknych koni (Tami from the Land of Beautiful Horses). Those who listened with particular attention could then win prizes in a special contest.

Pic: Elżbieta Kolny-Cukier

After The Second Life of a Book ended, Trzy poetki z charakterem (Three poets with character) convened in the conference room: Elżbieta Zechenter-Spławińska, Katarzyna Turaj-Kalińska, and Beata Szymańska. The meeting was hosted by Wojciech Ligęza and Stanisław Stabro.

Pic: Elżbieta Kolny-Cukier

We invite you to join the upcoming editions of The Second Life of a Book:

The 22nd of April - Świat kręci się wokół czytania (The World Revolves Around Reading) - the great book-exchanging on the eve of International Book Day 

The 27th of May - Książki, które zainspirowały filmowców (Books That Inspired Film-makers) - the day after the 5th edition of the Film Music Festival

SPECIAL EDITION: the 1st of June - Dzieci też czytają (Children Read As Well) - special edition at the Children's Book Fair (venue: fair hall at ul. Centralna 41 a)

The 24th of June - Lato tuż tuż (Summer Is Coming) - we will be exchanging travel guides and travel books three days after the first calendar day of Summer 

The 29th of June - Niech żyją wakacje! (Long Live the Holidays!) - we will be exchanging books perfect for lazy summer days

SPECIAL EDITION: the 11th of August - Fantastyczna literatura (Fantastic Literature) - we will meet during the Krakon fantasy convention, and, exceptionally, we will be exchanging fantasy literature and Manga comic books only (venue: Krakon convention premises)

The 26th of August - Powrót do szkoły (The Return to School) - we will be exchanging textbooks just before the beginning of the school year,

The 30th of September - Literatura nie zna granic (Literature Without Borders) - we will be exchanging books by foreign authors on International Translation Day,

SPECIAL EDITION: 25th-28th of October - Kraków stolicą literatury (Krakow - the Capital of Literature) - during the International Joseph Conrad Literature Festival and the Krakow Book Fair, we would like to invite you to a 4-day book-exchanging event (venue: the Fair hall at ul. Centralna 41 a)

The 25th of November - Jesienny wieczór z książką (Autumn Evening with a Book) - we will be exchanging books perfect for long Autumn evenings

The 16th of December - Święta pod znakiem książki - (Christmas Reading) - we will be exchanging books perfect for reading during holiday evenings

The Second Life of a Book is a joint campaign of the Bookeriada portal and the Krakow Festival Office. Our partners are: Gazeta Wyborcza, RMF Classic, Strefa Wolnego Czytania, and OPUS-M