Literature Night 2011 promotes European writing
Czech writers, living and dead, go on an evening-long European tour; in Prague’s Libeň district, even the police station will host a reading
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The Libeň Gasholder, site of one of the Literature Night 2011 readings
On May 11 Czech and international literature will be the focus of events taking place from Moscow to Madrid, from Stockholm to Tel-Aviv, from London to Yerevan, with the eye of the literary hurricane being located in the Libeň district of Prague made famous by beloved Czech novelist Bohumil Hrabal.
Literature Night 2011 is a project organized by the Czech Centres in conjunction with the European National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) and is in its fifth year. The evening will provide a forum for Czech writers to have their work read in translation across Europe, while in Prague local celebrities and cultural figures will read Czech translations of a broad selection of European writers.
Exploring the city
Literature Night attendees in Prague will not only have the draw of 20 readings performed by well-known Czech film stars like Jiří Langmajer, Klára Issová and Jan Budař, among many others, but will have access to a side of Libeň rarely seen. Besides the readings held in local bars, cafés and theaters, there will be events at the local police station, a synagogue, the Libeň Chateau, the globe-shaped Libeň Gasholder, the Bohumil Hrabal elementary school and a Metrostav office building.
One of the eight European writers who will be in Prague for the event is French novelist Laurent Binet, whose debut novel “HHhH” has a special connection with the city. Recipient of the Prix Goncourt first novel prize in 2010 “HHhH” is titled with an acronym that stands for Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich ("Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich") and recounts the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague.