Bucharest to host 5th edition of European Literature Night on September 9

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The 5th edition of the European Literature Night in Bucharest, an event by the EUNIC European Network of Cultural Institutes hosted annually by more than 70 cities from around the world, will be held in the central area of the city on September 9.

Organisers say the event will showcase 12 authors from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Hungary and Romania whose works will be presented to the Bucharest public in various forms, including reading, performances, talks, exhibitions and projections.

“You are all invited to the Piua Book Bar, Carturesti Verona, Ion Mincu’s House, the terrace of the Tanadarica Theatre House as well as to the European Public Space to find out how Turkish families used to live in the second half of the 20th century in Istanbul, the passionate liaisons between authors Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, what Germany’s teenagers are reading and how the Polish fantasy world of fairytales looks like. Get a close look at the mirage of youth and love in the 1930s Italy, learn about the painful history of Warsaw in 1939 and the recent history of Romania after the ousting of Ceausescu seen through the eyes of Romania’s Hungarians, join Spain in commemorating the 400th death anniversary of author Miguel Cervantes and find out how Portuguese are sowing fear in their homes,” the organizers quote Chairwoman of the EUNIC Romania Cluster Elisabeth Marinkovic, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, as saying in a press statement.

A novelty of the 2016 edition is a platform for dialogue among book professionals, a project that starts off with a meeting of literary translators and publishers moderated by Simona Sora. Invited to attend are book professionals Dinu Flamand, Peter Srager, Bogdan Ghiu, Dana Verescu, Vlad Russo, Bogdan-Alexandru Stanescu, Lidia Bodea and Laura Albulescu.

At the same time, The European Literature Night in Bucharest, in partnership with the Books upon Books association will collect books for the public library of the town of Targu Frumos, Iasi County.

The European Literature Night in Bucharest, which ends with an after-party at Piua Book Bar, is a project of the EUNIC Romania Cluster supported by the local Representation of the European Commission, organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Czech Centre, the Goethe Institute, the Greek Cultural Foundation, the Italian Culture Institute, the Polish Institute of Bucharest, the Portuguese Embassy in Bucharest, the Camoes Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Cervantes Institute, the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre of Bucharest and the Balassi Hungarian Institute of Bucharest.