Contemporary European literature will have a night in the spotlight in a multitude (75, as it turns out) of Czech and European cities on Wednesday, May 13, as public readings will be taking place from a wide variety of works and in an assortment of interesting locations for European Literature Night 2015.
The project originated in Prague, which each year has a different neighborhood of the city in focus. This year, through payments of massive bribes and an extensive use of my full influence in the literary world (or, on second thought, just by chance) it’s taking place in my own neighborhood of Dejvice, with Czech actors reading from the works of the likes of Javier Marías, Deborah Levy and Veronika Šikulová. A number of international authors will be in attendance and among the cool reading locations are a salon in the Stalinist Hotel International, the National Technical Library (somewhat more progressive architecture than the previous location) and the Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, known as the “Cauliflower” (pictured below). So I’ll be somewhere among those places. All readings will be in Czech.
See the Prague program of events here
Events will likewise be taking place in cities from Moscow to London to Sofia to Lisbon (along with 37 other Czech towns).
The London events are very elaborate, with a fantastic lineup of writers and standout moderator Rosie Goldsmith. Edinburgh also has a great lineup, organized by, among others, poet and B O D Y contributor, Ryan Van Winkle. Then there’s Sofia, which has author of Thrown into Nature, Milen Ruskov among the featured authors (and readers) along with Peter Handke and Zadie Smith (authors only). Incidentally, one of the Sofia locations is the Czechoslovakian Club T.G. Masaryk. So the Czechoslovakian Club outlasted Czechoslovakia. Good job!