Lviv BookForum 2023

Lviv BookForum took place 5–8 October with all events available free-to-view here. Mixing acclaimed Ukrainian writers with world-renowned literary figures, the co-curated programme shared essential stories and facilitated a global conversation around the biggest questions of our time.
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Events taking place live online 5–9 October 2023

Conversation between Volodymyr Arenev and Jonathan Stroud (digital)

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This year it turns 10 years since Lockwood & Co was published. Meet Jonathan Stroud (he will join remotely), the author of the cult text. The moderator of the conversation is Volodymyr Arenev, a Ukrainian fiction writer.

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Conversation between Volodymyr Arenev and Jonathan Stroud (digital)

Event 14

Events taking place live online 5–9 October 2023

Jaroslava Barbieri, Janine di Giovanni, Ian Garner (digital) and Sofi Oksanen (digital), chaired by Peter Pomerantsev

Freedom of thoughts vs indoctrination

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How do you take a whole group of people, destroy their identity and force a new one on them? That is Russia’s aim in Ukraine. What methods do they use; does it work, and how does it compare to other examples across the world and in history?

Ian Garner and Sofi Oksanen will join remotely.

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Jaroslava Barbieri, Janine di Giovanni, Ian Garner (digital) and Sofi Oksanen (digital), chaired by Peter Pomerantsev

Event 9

Events taking place live online 5–9 October 2023

Elif Batuman, Kateryna Kalytko, Taras Prokhasko, David Toscana (digital) and Iryna Tsilyk, chaired by Sasha Dovzhuk

Existential resilience: how global historical changes affect who we are

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Through the war with Russia, Ukraine has emerged as an unexpected hero in a battle for freedom in Europe – a battle few could have predicted. The conflict has led many, inside and outside of the continent, to rethink the political and moral ideas that we have taken for granted since the Second World War ended.

Using literature and the ways in which it helps us make sense of critical points in history and how colossal changes affect people's ways of thinking and feeling, a panel discusses ideas of heroism and how literature can help these sceptics of Ukraine understand its quests and feats. Novelist Elif Batuman, writer Kateryna Kalytko, filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk, writer David Toscana (he will join remotely) and novelist Taras Prokhasko will also talk to writer Sasha Dovzhuk about how literature can help people feel with Ukrainians and learn from the mistakes of the past.

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Elif Batuman, Kateryna Kalytko, Taras Prokhasko, David Toscana (digital) and Iryna Tsilyk, chaired by Sasha Dovzhuk

Event 10

Events taking place live online 5–9 October 2023

Emma Antoniuk, Vakhtang Kebuladze and Peter Pomerantsev, chaired by Olena Huseinova

Modern Mythologies: do we still need heroes in the 21st century?

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The creation of heroic narratives has been widespread in art and literature across time and cultures. This panel will explore how we mythologize in the modern world, what stories we expect, and whether heroes still satisfy our aesthetic sensitivity in the 21st century.

Emma Antoniuk, philosopher and writer Vakhtang Kebuladze and journalist Peter Pomerantsev explore how we mythologize in the modern world, what stories we expect, and whether heroes still satisfy our aesthetic sensitivity in the 21st century. Chaired by poet Olena Huseinova.

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Emma Antoniuk, Vakhtang Kebuladze and Peter Pomerantsev, chaired by Olena Huseinova

Event 11

Events taking place live online 5–9 October 2023

Pankaj Mishra (digital) and Volodymyr Yermolenko, chaired by Sevgil Musaieva

The art of decolonization

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Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra joins Ukrainian philosopher Volodymyr Yermolenko to explore the ways Russia's assault on Ukraine has forced Europe to confront its colonial past and present. Chaired by Ukrainian journalist Sevgil Musaieva.

Bektour Iskender and Panjak Mishra will join remotely

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Pankaj Mishra (digital) and Volodymyr Yermolenko, chaired by Sevgil Musaieva

Event 12

Events taking place live online 5–9 October 2023

Rachel Clarke, Halyna Kruk and Ben Okri (digital) in conversation with Olesia Khromeichuk

The Power of Words

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Words have immense power, and in times of difficulty they can encourage, inspire and offer hope, helping shape thoughts, emotions and actions. Writers Ben Okri (he will join remotely), Rachel Clarke and Halyna Kruk talk to historian Olesia Khromeichuk about the power of books and writing in conflicted times.

Okri a Nigerian-born British poet and novelist considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions; he won the Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road in 1991. Clarke a British palliative care doctor and writer and formerly a current affairs journalist. Kruk is a Ukrainian writer, translator, educator and literary critic.

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Rachel Clarke, Halyna Kruk and Ben Okri (digital) in conversation with Olesia Khromeichuk
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