Events at British Library

July - December 2017

From July to December, the British Library will host a series of talks and events with European writers as part of our 2017 Tour.


Mon 3 Jul 2017
Sweden: More Than Crime Fiction

In recent years, the Scandinavian countries have established themselves as the crime fiction destination par excellence, but what else is happening in Swedish literature?

Discover something new in a night with bestselling Swedish authors Johannes Anyuru and Athena Farrokzhad, chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Thu 3 Aug 2017
Riveting Reads: Russian Literature Today

Our love of the Russian classics means we often overlook the wealth of contemporary fiction available in English, from crime to science fiction, from all parts of the Russian-speaking world.

Authors Alisa Ganieva, Boris Akunin, Andrei Kurkov and Zinovy Zinik discuss and read from their work, with Rosie Goldsmith.

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Mon 11 Sept 2017
Jenny Erpenbeck: In Conversation with James Runcie

Jenny Erpenbeck’s last novel, The End of Days, won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015, and her latest book Go, Went, Gone is a German bestseller. Go, Went, Gone considers the contemporary refugee crisis and our responsibility in its creation through the touching portrait of an elderly Berlin professor.

This is a chance to hear the writer and opera director reading from her work and in conversation with James Runcie, Commissioning Editor for Arts on BBC Radio 4, director and author of The Grantchester Mysteries, now a successful ITV series (Grantchester).

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Sun 17 Sept 2017
Herta Müller: An Afternoon with the Nobel Prize Winner

Join the German-Romanian author ‘who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed’ (Nobel Committee) for an afternoon of readings and discussion in the 30th year since she fled Romania.

Herta has received more than twenty awards to date and is noted for her works depicting the effects of violence, cruelty and terror, such as that found in her much acclaimed 2009 novel The Hunger Angel (Atemschaukel).

She talks to translator Phillip Boehm.

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Thu 5 Oct 2017
Family Tales of War

Authors around Europe are writing about history through the lens of family histories. What does this trend reveal about how literature reconciles the personal with the national, even international experience?

In an evening of readings and discussion, leading authors Dulce Maria Cardoso of Portugal, Martin Fahner of the Czech Republic, Żanna Słoniowska of Ukraine, and Péter Gárdos of Hungary discuss how they use family stories to tell wider stories of war and its impact across Europe.

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Mon 9 Oct 2017
Robert Gordon: Adano: Sicily, Occupation and the American Century

The Italian Studies Library Group Annual Lecture explores explores the remarkable history and literature of this occupation, drawing on both Italian and Allied sources, and on material ranging from photo-reportage to journalism to fiction. Its main focus is on the work of the great American war reporter and writer, John Hersey, who accompanied the Allied landings in southern Sicily on 10 July 1943, dispatched his reports to Life magazine, and published a few months later the first major work of ‘occupation literature’ of this war, A Bell for Adano (1944).

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