21. Prague Writers’ Festival : Some Like It Hot
29.04.2011 / 13:14
16 - 20 April 2011 New Stage National Theatre
This year’s theme addresses the tension between the world of images and the invisible world of the intellect. Festival participants, fifteen prominent figures in contemporary literature, represent the world of intellect. Confirmed attendees include the Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott (Selected Poems – Feast); one of the best-known American writers, Don Delillo; and Pullitzer Prizewinner, Junot Díaz, (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) who was born in Dominican Republic. Two guests, both Turkish writers, are especially significant from a geo-political perspective: Nedima Gürsel was accused of insulting Islam in his novel, The Daughters of Allah; Zülfü Livaneli (Bliss) is a true star of Turkish cultural, social, and political life. There will be readings by several Greek authors (Athena Papadaki, Dionysis Kapsalis, Constantine Kokossis) as well as Czech natives (Petra Hůlová, Sylva Fischerová, Vladimír Páral and Tomáš Kafka). Francophone literature will be represented by two classics of poetry: laureate of many honors, Michel Deguy, and lyricist, Werner Lambersy. Notable also is the participation of Saadi Yousef, an Iraqi poet who, exiled from his homeland, lives in London.