Felicitas von Lovenberg at European Literature Night


The European Literature Night 2019, on 16 and 17 May will be celebrating the Library, in collaboration with the OBA, the Amsterdam Public Library, which marks its 100th anniversary. Twelve writers and poets from all over Europe will talk of librarians and readers, about accidental encounters with books and people, about the first library they ever visited, about nostalgia for paper and dust, endless rows of books on shelves, the thrill of digital texts available world-wide. About the past and future of reading.

European Literature Night at the Brakke Grond

19h00-19h45 Reading Out of Place with Jasin Mohamed and Jannah Loontjens 

19h00 - 19h45 Text and the City with Zoe Strachan, Kerem Eksen and Andrei-Paul Corescu 

20h00 - 20h45 The Algorithms of Reading​ with Marek Šindelka, Andrej Blatnik and Felicitas von Lovenberg 

20h00 - 20h45 Library Songs with Lina Buividavičiūtė, Delphine Lecompte and Gandolfo Cascio 

21h00 -22h00  Almudena Grandes 

European Literature Night at the OBA

On Friday 17 May, from 13 till 16 hours, the authors will be at the OBA. The Amsterdam Public Library marks its 100 th anniversary, and will be hosting a series of talks and workshops this afternoon with students and other readers. Take part in a poetry translation workshop with the poet present, practice your interview skills by questioning your author of choice, speed date with your author of choice, be part of a discussion about reading as a way to make sense of a conflicted past, or about the rise of global literary citizenship. Hosts: Eric Metz, Suze van der Poll, Guido Snel

The European Literature Night is organized by EUNIC, the network of European national institutes of culture and national bodies engaged in cultural activities, and was made possible by the European Commission in collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for European Studies.


Thu 16 May 2019 - 19:00 until 22:00

Fri 17 May 2019 - 13:00 until 16:00


De Brakke Grond / OBA


€8 - €10

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