Gaudeamus Book Fair in Bucharest, November 2013

by Mira

We have two major book fairs in Bucharest: Bookfest in spring and Gaudeamus in fall. I try to go every time, because the discounts are worth it.

You also get to see books you don’t normally find in libraries. There was one publishing house, for instance, which had a lot of poetry books. Good poetry, too. Too bad they didn’t accept bank cards. It still surprises me how in this day and age – I sound like a very outraged consumer; I’m really not, but got excited about the words – you can get stuck at a book fair when your cash runs out.

Well, but the vast majority of places accepted my debit card, so I was fine. That’s to say I spent almost all I had left of the savings I had put towards a 4-day trip abroad. But that’s life and reading for you.

I got a lot of discounts, so it was definitely worth shopping there. It was also nice to see which books were highlighted.

A Few Notes on Some Books (See Below for the Links)

Below I’ll show you some photos from the fair, so you can get an idea what it was like.

I'm also showing some popular books -- maybe you get ideas for Christmas presents. Jamie Oliver, for instance, is always a great idea in my view, and his 15-minute meals are fabulous: I've seen many of them on TV.

Then there's Malcolm Gladwell, whose books have been around for a while. They have been published by Publika here in Romania recently. I noticed them in libraries about a year ago, I think. They're great reads. I didn't have money for them, but from what I could tell from browsing, they're fun, entertaining, and rather smart. Definitely a present that people who love a good conversation will enjoy.

Then, of course, there's Alice Munro, who garnered a lot of attention ever since she received the Nobel Prize for Literature this fall. I'm currently reading Lives of Girls and Women, and it's rather good. Next I'm going to read Too Much Happiness. Can't wait. She has a style of her own, that demands attention and keeps you wanting to read more of her *stuff*.

Finally, I bought the History of Britain and Ireland I'm showing below. DK do an excellent job every time. It's top-notch writing from prized specialists in their fields, and the choice and quality illustrations are absolutely fabulous. I wish I could buy more books like that. They're so good, they end up being more than just reference books, or great coffee table books. You can actually read these visual guides, the whole of them.

So, without further tarrying, here are some images from the book fair, and some book gift ideas!

Photos from Gaudeamus, 24 November 2013 (Last Day of the Fair)

Old man going to the book fair
Old man going to the book fair
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Inside the Romexpo building
Inside the Romexpo building
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Poetry anthologies (2012 & 2011)
Poetry anthologies (2012 & 2011)
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Kids' books for 1 euro
Kids' books for 1 euro
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Major Romanian authors at Humanitas
Major Romanian authors at Humanitas
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My Catch -- Wish I Had Bought Two, to Offer One as a Gift

Wonderfully Illustrated History of Britain and Ireland from DK. Click and Leaf Through It!
History of Britain & Ireland
DK

As you can see, it was pretty crowded. In fact, my conclusion after pushing and shoving (gently) a lot of people in order to move through various exhibition stands, is that publishing houses are doing well in Romania. At least the major ones.

Local subsidiaries of larger publishing groups are also doing well – and they offer great deals at fairs. I got an illustrated History of Britain and Ireland from DK, one of my favorite publishing houses for travel guide and all sorts of visual guides (art, mythology, etc.). Then I got a DK canvas tote to go with it, which does actually look very good.

DK (Dorling Kindersley) is part of Penguin Random House, and the latter is jointly owned by Bertelsmann and Pearson. I was at the Pearson exhibition stand today, and left a happy customer, with my heavily discounted DK book on Britain and Ireland and the canvas bag.

Pearson Publishing Group at Gaudeamus 2013

History of Britain and Ireland at Gaudeamus 2013
History of Britain and Ireland at Gaudeamus 2013
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Pearson's Exhibition Stand at Gaudeamus 2013
Pearson's Exhibition Stand at Gaudeamus 2013
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In the meantime, I took a breather from writing this article, and signed the books I bought. Turns out I bought 15 books. These fairs are very tempting. And I wasn’t alone in buying this much. Most people carried lots of plastic bags from the various publishing companies.

Kids

There were lots of books for kids as well, children’s authors giving autographs, a trunk with 1 euro books for kids, and so on. One mother was telling a kid that she should be the one dragging her to a book fair, and not the other way around.

Author signing a kids' book
Author signing a kids' book
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Flirting

There was also flirting. I won’t forget the look on a guy’s face as he was smiling with his eyes to a girl his age who was saying that Libras get along very well together. I was thinking to myself that that guy will agree to anything. I did a double take at the girl, and the guy. Yep, something was definitely getting started there. It was so good, I kept thinking it should be in a movie. But you can’t fake that look. It was so good :). (I loved being the fly on the wall, as you can tell.)

Book Launches

There were also book launches and people talking about this and that. Humanitas had one I missed. Book launches are always interesting. You learn so much about people and life when they present their book, or a book of a friend’s or collaborator's. I told myself I should go more often. i went to see one in particular, and as I was listening to the speeches, I noticed other people were stopping by and staying put for a while. As I tell you, book launches are interesting. Except, maybe, the kind where they read long passages from their books. Those can get boring (not always, though).

Books of Note

I noticed a good number of books at the fair. Here are some of my favorite titles.

Alice Munro, Nobel Prize for Literature 2013
Alice Munro, Nobel Prize for Literatu...
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Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness (Vintage International)

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writers—the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. With cl...

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Malcolm Gladwell books
Malcolm Gladwell books
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Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative---and dazzling---book yet.Three thousand yea...

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This one is new on the Romanian market
Jamie's 15-Minute Meals
Jamie's 15-Minute Meals
Jamie's 15-Minute Meals
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Hope You've Enjoying This Glimpse into the Gaudeamus Book Fair

Leaving the book fair
Leaving the book fair
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Updated: 11/24/2013, Mira
 
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Mira on 02/19/2014

Oh, thank you for that title. I might get it too as we have a wonderful park in Romania, in the city of Timisoara, with hundreds of varieties of roses. It pained me to look at them without knowing what I was looking at. Maybe I'll learn a thing or two from that book. It's on my list now. Thank you! :)
P.S. It looks like it's not available on Amazon UK anymore. I might have to write directly to DK. I fell in love with them at that fair! :)

DerdriuMarriner on 02/19/2014

Mira, My vicarious trip to this book fair has been enjoyable, indeed. Thank you.
Me, too, I also appreciate the publishing house of Dorling Kindersley. I especially value Charles and Brigid Quest-Ritson's "Encyclopedia of Roses," which they published in 2011.

Mira on 11/25/2013

It was :) Look forward to the next one. Right now I'm reading a great book I picked up there :)

MonisMas on 11/25/2013

It sounds really exciting!

Mira on 11/24/2013

That's why I'm posting these. I figured it would be interesting for people to see some of the scene here. I loved your latest travelogues, by the way.

ologsinquito on 11/24/2013

It's always fascinating to see a glimpse into a different culture, so far away from the United States.

Mira on 11/24/2013

Yes, book fairs are always exciting. When I have less money to spend, I end up taking even more photos. People are wonderful to look at at these fairs. I got some rather artistic photos in the past. It's certainly a great place for photographers. But at the same time, I try not to intrude too much. Not that anybody would notice: the books are so enthralling! :)

AbbyFitz on 11/24/2013

It looks like you had a lot of fun! I wish there was something comparable to this where I live her in FL

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