The ninth edition of the Sopot by the Book Festival, organised by Goyki 3 Art Inkubator and City of Sopot, will be held from August 20-23. Each year, the organisers select one country, the literature of which is the main theme of the whole festival. In 2020, the audience will have the opportunity to delve into the culture and literature of Canada.
This year’s Sopot by the Book festival finds us going through a tough time. We’re watching as our planet’s slowly dying. We see wars and face online controversy stirred up by paid trolls. We get hurt and keep hurting. How does Canada fit in this context as the festival’s special guest?
Thinking about Canada, we would like to cut through the stereotypes we cherish in Poland and use literature to both explore the most painful experiences of Canadians and describe their successes as regards media policy and environment protection.
The Festival is a non-profit event and the participation is free.
Sopot by the Book was the winner of ‘Kulturalny Sztorm Roku 2012’ [Cultural Storm of the Year 2012] – a poll organised by a daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto; and in 2016 the Festival won a poll by Polish Radio Three in the ‘Event’ category as voted by the listeners. The seventh edition of the festival won the prize for ‘the best cultural event of 2018’ (Cultural Storm of the Year 2018).