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FAIR The 17th International Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction

Moscow's best book and event fair

The fair may have an odd name, but it is the best book fair in Moscow and one of the best in the world. Here the emphasis is on "high quality." There are hundreds of Russian publishers showing and selling their wares, from the most arcane academic tomes to gorgeous art books to magnificent cookbooks and fabulous children's books. And that's not all. Every hour there are two to five talks, workshops, demonstrations and meetings with authors, public figures, publishers, translators and illustrators. This year there are special sections on gastronomy, vinyl music albums and antique books. For parents: There are activities for children all day long, so you can leave them in the kiddie corner and head off to fill your book bag.

We've culled the schedule for some of the most interesting events. But for the full program of events and information about the fair in Russian and English, see

+7 495 657 9922
Central House of Artists
10 Krymsky Val. Metro Park Kultury and Polyanka
Wed. 2-7 p.m., Thurs. through Sun. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Spanish Literature Events

Meet some of your favorite Spanish-language writers

This year Spanish literature is the main "guest" of the fair, with more than a dozen writers, playwrights, journalists and literary critics arriving from Spain, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Venezuela. Friday is filled with meetings all day, where the guests will talk about everything from journalism and literature to contemporary Spanish poetry and even comics. Poets, novelists and translators will talk about their work and answer questions. For the full schedule of Spanish literature events, see

Hall 8, Seminar Area No. 1
Fri. from 11.40 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thomas Piketty

Gobierno De Chile

Thomas Piketty

Come hear if capitalism is doomed

The French economist who wrote "Capital in the 21st Century" is speaking on his book recently translated into Russian. The English translation came out in 2014 and quickly hit the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. The book focuses on wealth and income equality in Europe and the United States and proposes measures to limit inequality and ensure that the wealth of nations is not concentrated in a small minority — also called "the 1 percent."

Conference Hall
Thurs. 1-3 p.m.

Pierre Dukan

Crown Archetype

French diet guru reveals his secrets

The French doctor Pierre Dukan, whose diet plan millions of Russian — and not only Russian — women and men swear by, will answer questions and explain how the French manage to eat some of the richest food in the world and yet maintain perfect figures throughout their lives.

Hall 19, Gastronomy Seminar Area
Thurs. 5-7 p.m.

Oleg Khlevnyuk

Author of the best studies of Josef Stalin

For a serious talk, come hear historian Oleg Khlevnyuk discuss why so many contemporary books about Stalin ignore the vast, serious body of research that has been done over the years. The author will discuss his latest biography of the Soviet leader.

Hall 17, Seminar Area No. 2
Fri. 4-5 p.m.

Justin Lifflander: How Not to Become a Spy

Ves Mir

An American finds love and happiness for ever after in Russia

Former Moscow Times business editor Justin Lifflander talks about his autobiographical book about being an American weapons inspector in Votkinsk and falling in love with a woman minding him for the local KGB. Marriage, a son and great happiness ensue. He'll discuss the book and its translation into Russian.

Stand K-12
Sat. 2-3 p.m.

The Kinfolk Table

Food and entertainment from around the world

The lifestyle magazine "Kinfolk" and book "The Kinfolk Table" are something of a foodie phenomenon, with stories about simple entertainment and good food. The cookbook tells the stories of several dozen cooks, both professional chefs and home cooks, who share their recipes and secrets. Hipster fluff or a quantum leap in entertainment? See for yourself.

Hall 19, Gastronomy Seminar Area
Sat. 6-7 p.m.

Lyudmila Ulitskaya

The author presents her latest book

For Russian speakers who love literature, come to hear writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya talk about her new novel, "Jacob's Ladder." The award-winning novelist is also famous for her outspoken opposition to the present Russian leadership.

Hall 8, Seminar Area No. 1
Sun. 1-2 p.m.

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