The Gaudeamus Book Fair will be held online between November 16 and 22.
The 27th edition of the Gaudeamus Radio Romania Book Fair kicks off on Monday, November 16. The fair will be held exclusively online this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The most popular book fair, staged by the most-listened-to radio station has thus been held uninterruptedly for more than a quarter of a century. The president of honor of this year’s edition is writer Norman Manea.
Over 100 companies, among which the most prestigious publishing houses in Romania, distributors of Romanian and foreign language books, music and education games will display their offers on the fair’s new website www.gaudeamus.ro, in the Catalogue category, with individual presentation pages dedicated to the fair. The participants’ virtual stalls signaled, as such on their web pages, can be accessed on Elefant.ro, Radio Romania’s partner at the current edition, on its dedicated online store, that allows the purchase of books from all stalls on the website in a single online shopping basket. Books can also be purchased online form the websites of the participants and their partners, by using the codes published in the Gaudeamus catalogue. Most participants will offer discounts or free shipment.
Culture lovers are invited to more than 200 live or prerecorded events staged by Radio Romania and the participants in the fair. A special project is the competition dubbed “I Want an Ideal School”, which invites students from all over the country to tell their opinion on how school should be to make them feel safe, motivated and appreciated. The Radio Romania journalists will turn the messages received from students and teachers into short reports and bring to the public attention the way in which school unfolds during this medical and social crisis. The best reports, in terms of content and journalistic approach, will be awarded and the beneficiaries will be the schools that took part in the competition.
Another project is the Mircea Nedelciu National Reading Competition, whose theme is the importance of education in today’s world. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Friday, November 20, and will be followed by a debate on online reading and online education. Also, the readers’ vote on the Most Wanted Book of the Fair will be held exclusively online, on the Facebook page Radio Romania Gaudeamus. The 27th edition of the Gaudeamus Book fair ends on November 22. (translated by Elena Enache)