100th anniversary of Italo Calvino's birth

Literary Talks Autumn 2023

The Autumn edition of Literary Talks will be entirely new and will have a special focus that has never been included before. As well as concentrating on the work of just one author, the occasion is also being inspired by the anniversary of his birth. The series of events will take place on October 15 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Casa Libri and will include a theater performance, discussion, and reading of original texts. Due to limited seats, the "Mr. Palomar" performance will be available only with pre-registration here!

The third edition of Reading Sofia Foundation's annual program of Literary Talks is in partnership with the International Book and Movie Festival CineLibri and is held in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Casa Libri, and Colibri.

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Literary Talks is the title of the latest series of events by the Reading Sofia Foundation. They will be held several times a year with different guests, highlights, and in a variety of formats.

The first edition was in June 2022 at the Toplocentrala Centre for Contemporary Arts. The guest of honour was the Nobel Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk. The first day saw her meeting with the Bulgarian audience alongside Georgi Gospodinov. The second day was a 7-hour collage of multiple events and various encounters with literature across the whole Toplocentrala Centre for Contemporary Arts. The Fall edition of 2022 offered an international discussion themed “Literary 2022: Based on a True Story” and a literary quiz.

Reading Sofia is consistently working with discovery and understanding of different literary contexts and interesting interactions therein. Literary Talks are a continuation of the same tendency. A significant part of the Foundation’s activity is dedicated to the connection between literature and the other arts and sciences, as well as to how we can experience literature live, what form can literary events take.

Taking this more performative approach was the programme of Literary Talks Spring 2023, themed “Choices”. The connection to the following political elections was obvious, but choices were literary embedded in the format of the event in late March. The summer edition of Literary Talks 2023 was on the 24th and 25th of June in partnership with Sfumato Theatre. At the same time started the annual festival "Small Season" at the theatre. The theme that united the program of both events was "War and Peace". The focus of the summer Literary Talks was on various types of writing, the testimonials and storytelling, literary journalism, reportages, essays, and letters - writing that narrates, analyses, and is also documentative.

The upcoming Autumn edition of Literary Talks is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian writer Italo Calvino. The Reading Sofia Foundation continues its quest to blend arts and approaches to a diversity of topics. The event will offer different entrances to Calvino's rich biography and writings. The program will begin with the performance "Mr. Palomar," continue with the discussion "The Writer Who Plays with the Genres, the Style, the Beginnings" and end with a reading of original texts inspired by "If On A Winter's Night A Traveler". The autumn edition is organized in partnership with Cinelibri and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Casa Libri, and Colibri.