One night – many experiences: public readings of contemporary literature performed by well known personalities at attractive and unusual venues in cities across Europe.


European Literature Night builds on the concept of literature being a unique creative medium which embraces the voices of individuals along with the values of the society they live in. The umbrella project “European Literature Nights 2012 – 2014” aims to bring contemporary European literature to the general public in an innovative way through a series of public readings and accompanying events. Supported by a grant from the Culture Programme of the European Union, the project partners hope to deliver high level of impact to their audiences. Although it is Brno, Bucharest, Dublin, Lisbon, Vilnius, Prague and Wroclaw who are jointly co-organizing the project “ELN 2012 – 2014”, the other partner cities where Literature Night already took root are of no lesser importance for the event’s development.

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Jonas Jonasson

Jonas Jonasson (1961) is a Swedish journalist and writer. After twenty years he quit his first profession in the media with a serious burnout syndrome, and started to concentrate on a book he had long wished to complete. He published it in 2009 under an ambiguous title of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Its colourful story became the subject of a Swedish feature film to be premiered by the end of 2013.

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