The Polish Book Institute is a national cultural institution. We were established by the Ministry of Culture to promote Polish literature worldwide and to popularise books and reading within the country.
We try to do everything we can: we inform, encourage and convince: translators of Polish literature to translate Polish books, foreign publishers to publish their translations, and the organisers of all sorts of literary events the world over to invite Polish authors to take part in them. And when they are prepared to do so, we help them to make it happen. Thanks to the financial support which we provide through the ©Poland Translation Programme, in recent years almost 1800 translations of Polish books have been published abroad, including works by Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Ryszard Kapuściński, Olga Tokarczuk, Andrzej Stasiuk, Andrzej Sapkowski, Marek Krajewski and many others.
However, that is not all: the Biblioteka+ Programme, the strategic aim of which is to transform community libraries into modern centres of access to knowledge and culture, is our answer to the need for a radical improvement in the state of public libraries in Poland. For Poland’s libraries we have also developed the new MAK+ system for cataloguing their collections, enabling them to carry out all sorts of operations to do with cataloguing and lending. Finally, we have helped to establish Book Discussion Clubs all over Poland, and to date there are now more than 1300 of them!
For the past twelve years we have been administering the Ministry of Culture’s grant programmes in the sphere of literature, and since April 2010 we have also been the publisher of some of Poland’s oldest and most highly regarded cultural periodicals, including Nowe Książki (“New Books”), Twórczość (“Creativity”), Literatura na Świecie (“World Literature”), Dialog, Ruch Muzyczny (“Musical Movement”), and Odra.
As well as that, we provide Poland’s biggest source of information on books and literature. On a daily basis, on our website, www.bookinstitute.pl, publishes the latest literary news from Poland and abroad, information about new and forthcoming books and regular reviews, as well as the biographical details of more than 190 Polish authors, information about more than 1200 books published in recent years, extracts from them, critical essays, and the addresses of publishers and literary agents – all in Polish and English.