2018 National Reading is approaching fast

On 8 September 2018, the Polish society will join the National Reading, a public awareness campaign to promote national literature. Likewise, the purpose of this campaign is to encourage a nationwide discussion about the past and future of Poland. This year, Poles will jointly read the novel "The Coming Spring" by Stefan Żeromski and 44 pieces of the Independence Anthology.

The 2018 National Reading coincides with the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Poland's independence as the Second Polish Republic. That is why the Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda encourage the Polish society to read, besides "The Coming Spring", literary pieces of historical significance, collected in the Independence Anthology.

From the very start, the Polish presidential couple has been taking its honorary patronage over the National Reading. The first edition of this public awareness campaign took place on 8 September 2012, and was officially launched by the then President Bronisław Komorowski and First Lady Anna Komorowska. At that time, the Polish society gathered to read "Sir Thaddeus, or the Last Lithuanian Foray: (…)" by Adam Mickiewicz, being recognized as the national epic of Poland.

The National Reading enjoys huge popularity among Poles living in and outside the country. This may be associated with nationwide efforts to keep the Polish literary tradition alive. Until now, Poles united together to read key pieces by Aleksander Fredro, "The Trilogy" and "Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz, "The Doll" by Bolesław Prus, "The Wedding" by Stanisław Wyspiański, along with important pieces by Stefan Żeromski and Adam Mickiewicz, as mentioned above.