Reading Sofia Foundation has its 10th anniversary

Literary Talks Spring 2024: Growing Up

With its very first event in 2024, the Reading Sofia Foundation celebrates its growth. This year, the organization behind Literary Walks, Hidden Letters, and Literary Talks has its 10th anniversary. It is under the sign of this jubilee that the third annual edition of Literary Talks will begin, the theme of which will be 'Growing Up'. The event will take place from the 4th to the 6th of April with an opening party at the Toplocentrala Centre for Contemporary Arts and two days at the Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art. Special guests this spring will be the Slovenian writer Goran Vojnović and the Romanian writer Andreea Răsuceanu.

All events are free to attend.

Literary Talks Spring 2024 is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sofia Municipality, Culture Programme.

Literary Talks is organized by the Reading Sofia Foundation. They are realized in partnership with The National Gallery (Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art), the ICU Publishing House, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Sofia, Slovenian Book Agency, and Beletrina.

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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 Autumn edition of Literary Talks 2023 was 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 offered different entrances to Calvino's rich biography and writings. The program began with the performance "Mr. Palomar," continued with the discussion "The Writer Who Plays with the Genres, the Style, the Beginnings" and ended with a reading of original texts inspired by "If On A Winter's Night A Traveler". The autumn edition was organized in partnership with Cinelibri and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, Casa Libri, and Colibri.

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