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Record Number of Visitors at the Mamaia Gaudeamus Book Fair

Monday, 19 August 2013 , ora 16.31
The Mamaia Gaudeamus Book Fair, at its 5th edition, has come to an end. The event, organised by Radio Romania, the 'Gaudeamus' team and Radio Constanța/Radio Vacanța, took place between 11th-15th August, marking a double anniversary: 85 years since Radio Romania's first broadcast (1st November, 1928) and 20 years since launching the 'Lectura' Programme - Gaudeamus Book Fairs.

According to tradition, the last day of the fair was dedicated mostly to the winners of the Gaudeamus Trophies, who were handed out their awards, on Thursday, 15th August, at 18.00, inside the fair area, set up on the sea front before the Radio Vacanța stand.

The Awards of the 2013

Mamaia Gaudeamus Book Fair were the following:

The Gaudeamus Trophies, awarded to exhibitors by public vote, went to: Humanitas Publishing House (3rd place), RAO Publishing House (2nd place) and Nemira Publishing House (1st place);

'Most Wanted Book of the Fair' was, according to the visitors, Ioan Gyuri Pascu's 'Aventurile lui Chilli Ramirez - Poveștile lui Gyuri', published by Cartea DAATH Publishing House.

The Press Trophy went to the daily 'Cuget Liber' - publication section and to TV channel Litoral - TV section. Although Radio Vacanța was voted the most which did not enter the competition due to its position as organiser. The trophy for the radio section was not awarded.

The Miss Lectura Award was won by young Oana Conas, an economist from Cluj-Napoca, who was given CDs and books offered by Casa Radio Publishing House and the organisers.

This edition's figures were:

• Over 12,000 visitors, a record number for the

Mamaia Gaudeamus Book Fair;

• The 30 exhibitors who attended the fair belong to major domains on the editorial and educational markets;

• Over 1,000 books were offered by the visitors as part of the project 'Books are Coming back Home'.

Projects organised by the 'Gaudeamus' Book Fair:

Books are Coming back Home is a campaign which aims to build, through donations from exhibitors and visitors, a book fund for libraries in underfinanced communities. The project continues with a tradition that started at one of the first editions of the 'Gaudeamus' International Book Fair (The Fair Basket). Ever since it was renamed in 2010, around 70,000 books enriched the stock of certain libraries that had not been given funds for acquisitions for a long time. The almost 1,000 books donated at the 'Gaudeamus Mamaia' Book Fair will add to these, and will go to the public libraries in Grădina and Târgușor (Constanța County).

The Gaudeamus Summer Police, who patrolled on the Mamaia Beach for five days on end and 'fined' everyone who was reading on the beach with surprise prizes. The fines, which were mostly books, were given by the organisers.

A cultural project supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

The next event of the 2013 Lectura Programme is the 'Gaudeamus School Textbooks' Fair, the 11th edition, which will take place in Bucharest, in an exhibition pavillion in University Square, between 19th-29th September.

Translated by Irina Borțoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest