Friday Fun: Blonde Again at the Belgrade Book Fair

The last week of October is the week of the Belgrade Book Fair, and this year, I’ve changed my hair color mid-fair.

In other words, I went from this…

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…to this:

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There were some other fun photos, too:

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The book you see in my lap is the “notebook” of Gavrilo the Monk (it’s the same name as Gabriel), one of the main characters of the epic fantasy series Kosingas by Aleksandar Tešić. The “notebook” is not for sale, since it would be too expensive, but it’s definitely interesting and fun to look at the illustrations of the various mythological creatures that the monk encountered during his travels.

The fair itself was also fun, of course, and I bought a bunch of books; I’ll write a bit more about them the next time. This time, it’s all about the new blonde moment. 😀

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BeoKon 2017!

It’s November, and the last weekend was BeoKon time. Well, not just the weekend, the convention started on Friday, with a panel on Stranger Things, and went on until late Sunday evening.

Err, what’s BeoKon?

A local convention, held in Belgrade, Serbia. Calling it a local version of Comic-Con wouldn’t be 100% accurate, but it will give you a pretty good idea what’s it like.

And what was it like?

For me, great. Well, I would’ve preferred more panels on books (hey, you know me!), but other than that, I went from one panel to another (Stranger Things, Supernatural, Killing Stalking, The Handmaid’s Tale, Rick and Morty, Saga, Lovecraft & Ligotti, Game of Thrones), and the highlight was (as it should be!) the guest of honor, Norman Spinrad.

I’ve first encountered Spinrad’s writing when I got to translate two of his essays, Science Fiction in the Real World and The Transmogrification of Philip K. Dick. For some reason, the idea that I might see him in person has never occurred to me. I don’t know why. I mean, he’s still alive (obviously), he’s still writing (the book he’s working on now sounds really interesting, and scary as well), and yet, somehow, I never thought that I’d see him in person. And then the announcement came, and I was sort of fangirling (no screaming or fainting, though), sharing the announcement all over Facebook, thinking about what to tell him (in the end I didn’t say anything, and talked a bit to his partner Dona instead, she’s awesome!)… You get the idea. And, of course, it was great to hear him talk about his work and experiences; he’s someone who’s been there, done that, and has a lot to say about it.

And then I was too tired for the third day, and missed some stuff like Alien, new Doctor Who, American Gods, Marvel vs DC, Star Trek: Discovery vs The Orville, The Expanse, cosplay catwalk, and a bunch of other things. Yes, it was all during just one day at BeoKon.

And now we’re all recovering, and waiting for the next BeoKon.

Here are some pictures, and you can see the rest here.

 

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Down left is the book of Spinrad’s essays, so far the only book of his translated to Serbian
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A room full of visitors, a lot of them very young, listening about Killing Stalking
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Two stories by Spinrad were translated in the latest edition of the fanzine Emitor
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There were a lot of things to spend your money on
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Even Deadpool was shopping at BeoKon!
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There were cosplayers…
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There was Ursula the Sea Witch, plotting with Cersei…
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…and, of course, there was Norman Spinrad! Yay!

Come and Look at the Gorgeous Covers!

Have you ever wondered what would foreign editions of your books look like? Same as the ones in your own country, or perhaps totally different, with (hopefully) gorgeous covers?

Recently, I’ve seen the photo of the Serbian edition of the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (that’s the one at the top of the post), and remembered some other awesome covers of Serbian editions.

For example, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

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Or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Gorgeous books, gorgeous covers, all published by Urban Reads.

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Of course, Urban Reads isn’t the only publisher with great covers. There’s Orfelin, too, and here’s their cover for The Great God Pan (a collection of stories by Arthur Machen).

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And, this is what the cover for Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti looks like:

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Here’s one published by Booka, beautifully minimalistic: The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon.

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What do you think? Would you like your book to look like one of these?