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EUROPEAN LITERATURE NIGHT 2017 & BOOK FAIR

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Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street

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EUROPEAN LITERATURE NIGHT BRINGS THE SPIRIT OF EUROPEAN CAFÉ CULTURE TO NEW YORK CITY, FEATURING LIVE PERFORMED READINGS FROM 15 EXCEPTIONAL EUROPEAN BOOKS, ACCOMPANIED BY AN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR.

Friday, June 2, 2017 from 7-10pm throughout Bohemian National Hall.

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European Literature Night (ELN) comes to New York City, with actors performing a curated selection of passages from exceptional literary works of fiction and poetry from across the European continent. The selected books will be available in a book fair along with other international titles.

New York audiences will move from room to room to experience literary works from prominent and up-and-coming European authors whose work allows for the exploration of parallels between European experiences and the current cultural and political climate in America. The event is modelled after its overseas counterpart, offering a European style experience where audiences can listen to readings and exchange ideas while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.

The evening will feature an in-person conversation with writer Marieke Nijkamp, a Dutch fiction writer whose first novel This is Where it Ends was a New York Times Young Adult Bestseller, moderated by Tim Mohr and followed by a Q&A and reception.

This special evening is free and open to the public, hosted by Czech Center New York and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York with the collaboration of fourteen partnering cultural institutions and consulates.

ELN is a decade old tradition in many European countries. The inaugural New York edition is also the first in the U.S. and will be launched on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Treaties of Rome – treaties that brought reconciliation, growth and security to millions of Europeans after WWII. The concept of the ELN is based in this spirit of unity, and on the belief that literature is a unique and creative medium that can help strengthen the dialogue between single voices and cultures, and that it is a tool of mutual understanding which helps to break down communication barriers.

The first ELN was created by the Czech Center Prague and featured readings in pubs and coffee shops throughout the city, creating the experience of a “pub crawl” enhanced by literary readings. The addition of literature and the presentation of new and evocative ideas in these traditionally communal spaces where people discuss ideas gave visitors the space and material to enjoy and then reflect upon what they had heard. The Czech Center New York hopes to provide a similar experience to those visiting the ELN in Bohemian National Hall.

The selected books come from countries representing a diverse and varied Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.

PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE FOR JUNE 2, 2017
7:00–9:00pm Simultaneous readings in seven venues throughout Bohemian National Hall

7:00-9:00pm Book Fair in the Ballroom

9pm - In Conversation with Writer Marieke Nijkamp
Marieke Nijkamp discusses her New York Times Young Adult Bestseller book This is Where it Ends, and other works.


RSVP will be required for the 9pm talk In Conversation with Writer Marieke Nijkamp.

RSVP FOR A SEAT FOR HER TALK HERE
*The first 20 people to RSVP on Eventbrite for her event (link above) will be invited to the reception after the talk. You will be notified if you are on the list. Space is limited because of the capacity of the reception venue.


PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS
European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC)

Czech Center New York

Bohemian National Hall (BNH)


PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for Culture

Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A.

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation

Czech Center New York

Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York

Albertine Books in French and English

Consulate General of Estonia in New York

Onassis Foundation USA / Greek Consulate General in New York

Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, New York

Consulate of Latvia in New York

Arts Council Malta in New York

Dutch Culture USA / Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

Polish Cultural Institute New York

Consulate General of Portugal in New York& Teatro da Saudade

Consulate General of Slovakia in New York

Consulate General of Spain in New York

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