Upon the invitation of our partners, Æ Academic participated in the prestigious Good Books Fair organized by the Wrocław Literature House for the last 27 years.
Not without reason Wrocław, a UNESCO City of literature, home town to 2018 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature, Olga Tokarczuk, and the 2016 UNESCO World Book Capital, is also the seat for the Wrocław Literature House, a dynamic institution promoting literature and readership on the national and international scene.
One of the initiatives designed to encourage and popularize good writers, good reading habits, and good literature is the Good Books Fair, organized by the Literature House for the past 27 years — one of the biggest literary events in Poland. Next to high quality publications (awards for the best cover and the best editing), the organizer also endorses creators through discussion panels, book signings, and accompanying events.
Æ Academic exhibited three volumes of the Beyond Language series (including the premiere of Vol. 2 on Jamaican Creole proverbs), endorsing our partner, the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.
We also invited our authors, Anna Drogosz, Aleksandra Knapik, Agnieszka Kocel-Duraj and Marcin Odelski, to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Joanna Esquibel, of Æ Academic, and Piotr Chruszczewski, head of the College. We discussed the interplay of language, culture and historical baggage, all adding to a complex imagery which stemmed beyond language as such. Our panelists traced fluctuating traits common to a mediaeval English speaker and contemporary American; the insular melting pot of Spanish, African, British and, ultimately, Jamaican Creole in Jamaica for the past four centuries; and the promising recent rebirth of Kashubian as a language in the Baltic Sea region.
Dec 7, 2019, Centennial Hall, Wrocław, Poland