Munich celebrates the eleventh anniversary of its literary festival for 18 days this November. The Literature Festival in Munich consists of forums and authors, in association with the Munich Book Fair and the festival program of the Literaturhaus Munich with the market of independent publishers. The awards for the Geschwister-Scholl Prize and the LiteraVision television award will also be presented during the literature festival. The curator program forum reinvents itself every year with a new theme. It is designed by changing writers who set individual priorities in cooperation with Literaturhaus. For two and a half weeks, (inter-) national authors meet to explore non-fiction, literature, music, classics, thrillers, bookbinding, writing workshops and more.
For ten days every autumn, Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream as we welcome over 600 of the world’s finest writers, actors, politicians, poets and leading opinion formers to help us celebrate the joy of the written word. Alongside a programme of nearly 500 debates, interviews and workshops, we also host Book It! our festival within a festival for families and young readers. Where else could you see the Gruffalo rub shoulders with an award-winning novelist, or a Hollywood legend exchange views with political leaders?
Established in 1949, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of oldest literary events in the world – and with a feast of superstar speakers, an unrivalled setting at the heart of Cheltenham, and the chance to meet your favourite authors and characters – it’s certainly the most fun!
The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, and the most important literary meeting place each spring. At the end of May, literature fills the streets of Lillehammer. For 6 days – 30,000 visitors and around 400 writers and artists come from all over the world to partake in literary discussion and debate. The Norwegian Festival of Literature hosts a diverse program, catering to readers of all ages, to experience live literature, engage with authors, and explore current affairs. Previous notable attendees to the festival earlier years include: Karl Ove Knausgård, Svetlana Aleksijevits, J.M. Coetzee, Herta Müller, Adonis, Margaret Atwood, and Edouard Louis. Exhibiting on stage conversations, debates, lectures, readings, award ceremonies, exhibitions, seminars, shows, quizzes and other festivities, there is something for every literary scholar.
Trafika Europe Radio – Europe’s literary radio station – is beginning its regular first season with 5 new podcast series, all launching this Sunday 17 May!
At the scheduled times, you can tune in and listen right here:
Each episode will premiere this Sunday (17 May 2020) — followed by an encore streaming on Tuesday better timed for listeners far to the east, and then a second encore presentation on Thursday.
Here’s a brief summary of these 5 podcast premieres, followed by a complete description of each episode, including schedule for the two encore streamings.
Livestream Schedule · Sunday, May 17, 2020
12:00-12:26 PM EDT
Dalkey Archive Press: Black on White – Ep. 01 – Dumitru Tsepeneag
1:00-1:35 PM EDT
Swiss Literature Today – Ep. 01 – Peter Stamm
2:00-2:43 PM EDT
Women in Translation – Ep. 01 – Alima Hamel
3:00-3:44 PM EDT
Turkish Sofa – Ep. 01 – Açık Şiir
4:00-4:20 PM EDT
Bowery Poetry Speaks – Ep. 01 – Poul Lynggaard Damgaard
Below are all details of these 5 podcast series launches, with episode descriptions and full schedule including 2 encores during the week.
((1)) Dalkey Archive Press: Black on White – Episode 01: Dumitru Tsepeneag
Host John O’Brien discusses Romanian author Dumitru Tsepeneag with Alistair Ian Blyth. The pair consider Tsepeneag’s personal history and works, and discuss his theory of oneirism, in which dream is a structuring principle of a literary text. Includes an excerpt from Vain Art of the Fugue. (26 minutes)
Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020: 12:00 noon EDT in New York = 9am in California = 5pm in London = 6pm in Paris & Berlin = 7pm in Romania (etc.)
First encore (suited for our friends farther east): Tuesday 19 May 2020: 5:00am EDT = 10am in London = 11am in Paris & Berlin = noon in Romania = 2pm in Jerusalem = 4:30 in New Delhi = 8pm in Tokyo = 9pm in Sydney (etc.)
Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020 12:00 noon EDT in New York = 9am in California = 5pm in London = 6pm in Paris & Berlin = 7pm in Romania (etc.)
((2)) Swiss Literature Today – Episode 01: Peter Stamm
Swiss-German author Peter Stamm discusses his latest novel to come out in English, The Sweet Indifference of the World, published by Other Press. Includes an excerpt in English read by translator Michael Hofmann. Musical selections are “Zauerli” by violinist Paul Giger and “Waltz for Verena” by Dino Saluzzi. (35-minute audio). This episode was made possible by kind support from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and Pro Helvetia
Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 1:00pm EDT in New York = 10am in California = 6pm in London = 7pm in Switzerland (and Paris and Berlin) = 8pm in Istanbul (etc.)
First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 6:00am EDT (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = 11:00am in London = noon in Switzerland, Paris & Berlin = 1pm in Jerusalem = 3:30pm in New Delhi = 7pm in Tokyo = 8pm in Sydney (etc.)
Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 1:00pm EDT in New York = 10am in California = 6pm in London = 7pm in Switzerland (and Paris & Berlin) = 8pm in Istanbul (etc.)
((3)) Women in Translation – Episode 01: Alima Hamel
French-Algerian poet-singer-musician Alima Hamel writes poetry and songs in French and Algerian Arabic. Translator Anna Navrotskaya asks her about her experience as an artist between languages and cultures, and between poetry and song. She discusses her poetic influences and method, and she shares some elemental truths about women in culture. Includes several performance segments (43 minutes) This episode is fully bilingual (French-English).
Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 2:00pm EDT in New York = 11am in California = 7pm in London = 8pm in France (and Berlin) = 9pm in Istanbul (etc.)
First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 7:00am EDT (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = noon in London = 1pm in Paris & Berlin = 2pm in Jerusalem = 4:30pm in New Delhi = 8pm in Tokyo = 9pm in Sydney (etc.)
Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 2:00pm EDT = 11am in California = 7pm in London = 8pm in Paris & Berlin) = 9pm in Istanbul (etc.)
((4)) Turkish Sofa – Episode 01: Açık Şiir
Host Erkut Tokman speaks with 3 members of the avant-garde multimedia literary collective Açık Şiir, based in Turkey: Erkan Karakiraz, Neslihan Yalman, and Altay Ömer Erdoğen: Includes original songs in Turkish language based on participants’ poems. (44 minutes)
Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 3:00pm EDT in New York = noon in California = 8pm in London = 9pm in Paris and Berlin = 10pm in Istanbul (etc.)
First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 8:00am ET (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = 1pm in London = 2pm in Paris & Berlin = 3pm in Istanbul = 5:30pm in New Delhi = 9pm in Tokyo = 10pm in Sydney (etc.)
Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 3:00pm EDT in New York = noon in California = 8pm in London = 9pm in Paris and Berlin = 10pm in Istanbul (etc.)
((5)) Bowery Poetry Speaks – Episode 01: Poul Lynggaard Damgaard
Danish poet Poul Lynggaard Damgaard is interviewed in this fascinating conversation and performs his work – hosted by Andrew Singer (20 minutes)
Premiere: Sunday 17 May 2020, 4:00pm EDT in New York = 1pm, in California = 9pm in London = 10pm in Denmark (and Paris and Berlin) = 11pm in Istanbul (etc.)
First encore: Tuesday 19 May 2020, 9:00am EDT (timed conveniently for our friends farther to the east) = 2pm in London = 3pm in Denmark, Paris & Berlin = 4pm in Jerusalem = 6:30pm in New Delhi = 10pm in Tokyo = 11pm in Sydney (etc.)
Second encore: Thursday 21 May 2020, 4:00pm EDT in New York = 1pm in California = 9pm in London = 10pm in Denmark (and Paris and Berlin) = 11pm in Istanbul (etc.)
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CANCELLED – The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading professional event dedicated to the children’s publishing industry, attracting over 1,400 exhibitors and more than 29,000 visitors from around 80 countries. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is an industry leading event that has succeeded in bringing together a unique and diverse global audience over the past 50 years. The result is the world’s premium copyright exchange hub when it comes to publishing, extending to current multimedia and licensing businesses for children’s stories, illustration, animation and related areas. Publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators, mobile developers, licencors and licensees, packagers, printers, distributors, audiobook professionals, booksellers, brands, librarians and teachers all flock to the event each spring to experience the world of books and multimedia products in thousands of booths across six huge halls. The world famous Illustrators BExhibition and industry recognized BolognaRagazzi awards are some of key pillars that make this event so special: BCBF is a unique mix of a cultural book show and an international rights business forum for all types of content for children.