Contemporary Russian Writers Meet New Yorkers on the Rooftop

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NEW YORK, June 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Russia Beyond the Headlines (RBTH), an internationally recognized source of information on Russia, will participate in the Read Russia festival – an initiative celebrating contemporary Russian literature and book culture during BookExpo America at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, June 2-7.

Some events will be held in conjunction with BookExpo America (BEA), where Russia is the 2012 guest of honor. Sponsored by Russia’s Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications, Read Russia is by far the largest and most complete program on Russian literature and culture ever organized in the United States.

A series of late-night parties, music, and performances devoted to Russian literature called Read Russia Roof at the Dream Hotel will take place during the festival. The full schedule is available at

The RBTH booth at the Read Russia festival (Javits Center, #2424) will offer visitors the latest print supplements appearing in the New York Times and the Washington Post. RBTH supplements provide readers with the latest news and analysis on Russia’s political, economic and social life.

A special RBTH magazine – Voices of Read Russia – will also be available for free during the event. This useful guide to contemporary Russian literature will introduce readers to the likes of “Queen of Horror” Anna Starobinets and offer the opportunity to learn more about Gary Shteyngart, whose book Super Sad True Love Story appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2011. The magazine will also feature special content on Dmitry Bykov, a writer and columnist for various Russian periodicals who also authored the verses for “Citizen Poet,” a year-long satirical project on Putin’s Russia.

Each day during the festival, RBTH will raffle off an album of travel photos, Russia Through a Train Window, by photographer Anton Langue. The album is a travelogue of his multi-year journey across Russia.

Since 2007, Russia Beyond the Headlines has published monthly supplements about modern Russia in leading global media. Currently, supplements are published in 19 of the world’s leading newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. RBTH maintains a website, which features expanded content and resources, website for mobiles and RBTH for iPad. Free iPad app can be downloaded here:

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