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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Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Jean-Philippe Toussaint (1957) is a Belgian prosaist, as well as a screenwriter, director and photographer. He writes in French and publishes his novels chiefly in France. His novels are usually characterized as minimalist, both in style and contents. In 2005 he won the Prix Médicis, a prestigious French literary award, for the novel Running Away (Czech translation 2006). Last year, on the premises of the renowned Paris gallery, he prepared an exhibition titled Livre/Louvre complemented with different accompanying events such as conference, lectures and film shows.

PHOTO © Týdeník Rozhlas