THE BOOK NIGHT. IS KRAKOW – CITY OF LITERATURE A HISTORICAL TERM?
On Thursday, 11 January 2018, at 7.00 p.m. in Jama Michalika Café at Floriańska Street, a meeting will be held, during which we will talk about the influence of Krakow’s literary heritage on the current readership condition and interest.
For many years, Krakow has been the place of residence for numerous writers and poets, who undoubtedly constitute a group of the most important figures of Polish literature. The city lived on the words of its creators, determining the paths of our cultural heritage. The fact that many literary events are organized in Krakow only seems to confirm that fact.
However, to what extent does the historical significance of Krakow for Polish literature currently oblige its residents to an increased share in literary culture?
The problems that a contemporary book needs to face also concern our city. Traditional bookshops are replaced by Internet distribution to the same extent as in other cities. Cyclic, big literary festivals do not always guarantee the attendance of citizens at numerous smaller events. To what extent does the City of Literature result in the increase of reading and the interest in literature?
It also seems that in the era of Internet and mass communication means it is not necessary to stay in one city. The writers relocate and move, they can create and publish in any place in the world, living outside a grouped environment of creators. Is Krakow – the city of literature an emphasis of the historical heritage of the city or an expression that actually describes the present condition?
We will try to look for the answers to these questions during a discussion with the participation of Krzysztof Żwirski from the Literary Department of the Krakow Festival Office, the operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme, in which he is responsible for bookshop support programmes, Paulina Bandura – PR manager of Księgarnia Pod Globusem bookshop, Professor Teresa Walas, literature expert, literary theorist, literary historian and literary critic, staff member of the Chair of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University, as well as Piotr Kołodziej PhD – assistant professor at Teaching Literature and Polish Language Department and the Department of Publishing and Supplementary Sciences of the Philology at the Pedagogical University.
The Book Night event Krakow – is the city of literature a historical term? is part of the Book Night project that has been implemented by the Jagiellonian Club since 2015 and that was granted the patronage of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature. Through organizing meetings with the authors, city actions and discussions on literature, the Book Night opens it up, looks for a place in the contemporary world for it and proves that it is able to answer the problems and needs of today’s world. . The project promotes literature and good reading attitudes in other cities as well: Katowice, Poznań and Wrocław.