The Toruń Book Festival, held usually at the turn of November, is the largest literary event in our city. It includes numerous meetings with authors, lectures, film screenings, presentations of new publications, exhibitions and concerts. There are also some accents related to Toruń itself.
The wide formula of the festival enables anyone to find something interesting. Quite popular are meetings with authors; the festival was attended, among other, by: Sławomir Mrożek, Janusz Głowacki, Manuela Gretkowska, Katarzyna Lengren – daughter of the drawer, Zbigniew Lengren, Wojciech Majewski – the biographer of Marek Grechuta, Michał Zabłocki, Bogusława Sochańska – the translator of the Danish literature and the author of the latest translation of Andersen’s fairy tales, Ksawery Jasieński, well-known radio and television announcer, Bronisław Wildstein.
The festival is full of proposals for young readers – especially for them, organisers prepare literary workshops, quizzes, joint reading of books. The constant element of the event is the final of the Zbigniew Herbert National Poetry Competition entitled "For the leaf of the lily of the valley". The Department of Culture of the City Hall of Toruń and Toruń cultural institutions and associations are organisers of the festival.
Usually every two years, the S.B. Linde Award of Twin Cities of Toruń and Göttingen is being awarded during the festival held in Toruń (alternately with Göttingen). On this occasion we hosted in our city the Nobel Prize winner - Herta Müller, and Wiesław Myśliwski, Ewa Lipska, Paweł Huelle, Ryszard Kapuściński, and Olga Tokarczuk.