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Bangkok Book Festival 2023 To Commence on September 30

The Bangkok Book Festival returns to the Goethe Institute library, offering a plethora of activities from September 30 to October 31.

This marks the fourth installment of the literature and reading festival, themed “Alphabet & Translation”, celebrating the significance of translation and honouring those behind translated works.

In celebration of International Translation Day on September 30, the event will offer a series of discussions detailing the journey of translating a book, highlighting both the procedure and the artistry involved.

On September 30, from 11am to 7:30pm, sessions are tailored for those in copyright management, editing, translation, design, book-selling, and interested readers alike. Attendees can also peruse a curated selection of translated books and souvenirs displayed outside the library.

That same day, movie enthusiasts can enjoy complimentary showings of films inspired by classic literary works.

The line-up includes “Goethe! Young Goethe In Love” (2010) at 1pm, “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman” (2022) at 3pm, and “Measuring The World” (2012) at 5pm.

Another attraction is the “Disclosure Of Meaning” exhibit, which visually represents translation via tangible items where it is split into three parts. The inaugural segment showcases old translations by the iconic translator Amaravati.

The subsequent section will display contemporary translated book covers from 16 established Thai publishers, and the final segment highlights recent publications from Goethe’s associates.

Collectibles like T-shirts, stickers, and notepads from the festival can be purchased through October 31 at

Located on Sathon Road, the Goethe Institute operates from 9.30am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Saturdays.

For more details, check out or visit the event’s Facebook page at