Program of Lviv BookForum 2023



This year the oldest annual book event in Ukraine will be live and online. Lviv BookForum will be from 5-8 October. Lviv Bookforum will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The guests and participants will meet to unite the world in a conversation about the Ukrainian word, book and future. Focus topic of the 30th Lviv BookForum – “Census of the Future”.

You can watch events online here:

  • BookForum’s site (chapter “Program”);
  • Hay Festivals’s site (English and Spanish languages).

For the first time, the book fair will host Ukrainian publishers alongside the Powder Tower Center for Architecture, Design and Urbanism (Porokhova vezha). It located at Pidvalna str., 4. Most of the events will take place here. One event will be at Lower hall in Lviv puppet theater. It located at Danyla Halytskogo sq., 1.

Thursday, 5th of October

Andriy Kurkov and Jonathan Franzen live conversation(11:00 – 12:00)

Participants: Andriy Kurkov /online/, Jonathan Franzen /online/, Charlotte Higgins

War for beginners: Ozren Kebo and Kateryna Kalytko conversation (13:00 – 13:45)

Participants: Kateryna Kalytko, Ozren Kebo /online/

Remembering our way to the future (14:30 – 15:30)

Participants: Giorgi Gospodinov /online/, Ostap Slyvinsky, William Blacker, Catherine Younger

War as the collapse of civilization: will there be happiness after the war? (16:00 – 17:20)

Participants: Vakhtang Kebuladze, Anne Applebom /online/, Tetyana Ogarkova, Slavenka Drakulich /online/, Maksym Yakovlev

Developing the Marshall Plan for Ukraine: why Ukraine’s victory will be benefit for all (18:00 – 20:20)

Participants: Sevgil Musaeva, Oleksandra Matviychuk, Kristina Berdynskikh, Timothy Garton Ash, Bernard-Henri Levy

Friday, 6th of October

Volodymyr Aryenev and Jonathan Stroud conversation (11:00 – 12:00)

Participants: Volodymyr Aryenev, Jonathan Stroud /online/

Freedom of thought vs indoctrination (13:00 – 14:00)

Participants: Yaroslava Barbieri, Janine Di Giovanni, Peter Pomerantsev, Ian Garner /online/

Existential resilience: how global historical change affects us (14:30 – 15:50)

Participants of discussion: Kateryna Kalytko, Iryna Tsylyk, David Toscana, Taras Prokhasko, Sasha Dovzhik

Modern mythologies: do we still need heroes in the 21st century (16:30 – 17:50)?

Participants of discussion: Emma Antoniuk, Vakhtang Kebuladze, Peter Pomerantsev, Olena Huseynova

How does the Russian attack on Ukraine change our view of colonialism and decolonization? (18:30 – 20:20)

Participants of dicussion: Mishra Pankaj /online/, Volodymyr Yermolenko, Sevgil Musaeva, Nikola Karim

The power of words (21:00 – 22:30)

Participants of discussion: Ben Okri /online/, Halyna Kruk, Rachel Clark, Olesya Khromeychuk

Saturday, 7th of October

How do we speak? Language and its characters (10:30 – 11:50)

Participants of discussion: Oleksandr Mykhed, Volodymyr Yermolenko, Iryna Slavinska, Olesya Khromeychuk

How the Maidan changed us. Public talk about 10 years of struggle (12:30 – 13:50)

Participants of discussion: Antin Borkovskyi, Kateryna Kalytko, Vitaly Portnikov

Struggle for or with words? The complexities of talking about war (14:00 – 15:20)

Participants: Luke Harding, David Riff, Yaryna Chornoguz, Svitlana Povaliyeva, Tetyana Ogarkova

Colonial discourse in Russian literature: how we (mis)understand the “russian soul” (16:00 – 17:20)

Participants: Eva Thompson /online/, Oksana Zabuzhko, Elif Batuman, Paata Shamugia, Charlotte Higgins

Global consequences of russia’s ecocide in Ukraine: why Ukraine’s victory will contribute to the fight against climate change (18:00 – 18:50)

Participants: Philip Sands, Tamara Gundorova, Rebecca Solnit /online/, Olesya Khromeychuk

Evening of poetry and music (18:00 – 22:30)

Participants of conncert: Pirig i Batig band, Svitlana Povalyaeva, Yaryna Chornoguz, Ostap Slyvinsky, Halyna Kruk, Hryhoriy Semenchuk, Kateryna Mikhalitsyna, Iryna Tsylyk, Kateryna Kalytko

The event will be at Lower hall in Lviv puppet theater.

Babyn Yar. In memory of the victims of the tragedy (19:30 – 20:30)

Sunday, 8th of October

In a free, new family… How we create closeness in the conditions of war (11:30 – 12:50)

Participants of discussion: Iryna Tsylyk, Yurko Prokhasko, Janin Di Giovanni, Olena Huseynova

Women, war and justice: in memory of Victoria Amelina (13:30 – 14:30)

Participants: Tetyana Teren, Larisa Denysenko, Oleksandra Matviychuk, Kristina Lamb

Frontiers of humanity (15:00 – 16:00)

Participants: Ed Vulliami, Kateryna Mikhalitsina, David Riff, Pavlo Vyshebaba, Catalina Gomez

Presentation of the book “I’m Transforming… Diary of the Occupation. Selected Poems” by Volodymyr Vakulenko-K. (16:30 – 17:30)

Participants of the event: Kateryna Mikhalitsyna, Iryna Novitska, Olena Rybka, Tetyana Teren, Kateryna Lykhoglyad

Art Spiegelman’s conversation with Oleksandr Mykhed (20:30 – 21:30)

Participants: Oleksandr Mykhed, Art Spiegelman /online/

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