International book day 2018


Wislawa Szymborska was born on July 2, 1923, in Bnin, a small town in Western Poland. Her family moved to Krakow in 1931 where she lived most of her life.

While studying Polish literature and sociology at Jagellonian University, she became involved in Krakow’s literary life. She also started to work at the literary magazine in 1953, where she continued to work for nearly thirty years.

During her lifetime, Szymborska created more than fifteen books of poetry and became one of the best–known poets in Poland.  Her work is school syllabuses and she received several local and national prizes. Her collections available in English include Monologue of a Dog, Miracle Fair: Selected Poems of Wislawa Szymborska, Poems, New and Collected 1957-1997, View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems, People on a Bridge and Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems. In 1996 Szymborska won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Szymborska is mostly known as a poet interested in ordinary, everyday things. Her poetry is written in a simplified language which concentrates on issues of human life with a touch of paradox and irony.

Wislawa Szymborska died on February 1, 2012, at the age of eighty-eight.


Kerstin Gier-Ruby Red.

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended and eccentric family in an exclusive London neighborhood. She’s had a relatively normal life so far, in spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped Gwen. She hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend Lesley, watching movies and talking about boys. So it comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden leaps into the past.

She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century .


Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg ”The Circle”

Sara Bergmark Elfgren was born in 1980. She is a Swedish writer and screenwriter. Her first novel, Cirkeln (The Circle), and the sequels Eld (Fire) and Nyckeln (The Key) (known collectively as the Engelsfors trilogy), were written together with Mats Strandberg and published in 2011 – 2013.  Mats Strandberg was born in 1976. He  is a Swedish author and journalist. Strandberg is a columnist in Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper published in Stockholm, Sweden. It is one of the larger daily newspapers in the Nordic countries.

The novel takes place in a fictional rural town in Bergslagen in central Sweden and follows a group of teenage girls with little in common who discover that they are witches chosen to save the world from an otherwordly evil. In addition to the fantasy theme, the novel also uses tropes of horror fiction, psychological realism and the unreliable narrator. The novel has been sold for publication in 21 different languages in addition to Swedish. Random House released the English translation in the UK on June 7, 2012, and in other English-speaking countries during the summer of 2012

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