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“Point Park University will host the Prague Writers’ Festival in Pittsburgh, October 18-19, 2013. The event will feature international writers, poets, historians and journalists.
The Writers’ Festival takes place annually each spring in Prague. The precursor to the Prague Writers’ Festival was founded by American poet Michael March and originally focused on poetry readings. Since then it has expanded in its scope, featuring international writers and many genres. Past participants have included Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Salman Rushdie, Irvine Welsh, William Styron, Derek Walcott and Nadine Gordimer.” [i]
Pittsburgh was chosen as host for the festival to bring a new audience to the PWF and also in light of the Pittsburgh Agreement, signed here in 1918, creating the new Czech state. A panel discussion will be offered on this historic event on October 18.
This year’s festival includes authors E.L. Doctorow, Anita Desai, Eda Kriseova, Tomas Sedlacek, and Hamdy El-Gazzar. For a full list of events, and to register, go here. And check out a book by one (or more) of these authors today!
WWDR? (What Would David Read?)
Over at The Guardian, artist/ intergalactic superstar David Bowie lists his top-100 must-reads!
Some of his picks include:
When Books become Criminal.
Banned Books Week reminds us all that while ideas cannot be jailed, some books can become repeat offenders. Listed below are just a few fiction and non-fiction titles that come up again and again with proponents of censorship.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (in 2012)
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (in 2012)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
See the top ten challenged books by year here.