On Friday (26th September) 6 p.m., you are invited to the Ha!art Corporation Bookshop (3a Szczepański Square) to attend the next episode of the Reading Series. The presence of Piotr Macierzyński, laureate of many Polish literary competitions, will add splendour to this September meeting at Ha!art. The poet will read his works in Polish and Scotia Gilroy will present the poems in translation. She will also read excerpts from Ziemowit Szczerek’s Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje (Mordor Will Come and Eat Us: A Confidential History of the Slavs) in English. Jan Bińczycki will put forward a citizens’ draft bill against scribbling. Another guest of the meeting will be Leszek Onak, an Internet publisher and promoter of new literary trends as well as the co-founder of the web portals Niedoczytania.pl and Liternet.pl. He will present to the audience his multimedia cyber-poetic compositions. The September episode of the Reading Series will be moderated by Adam Ladziński. You are heartily invited!
The Polish name of the project, Seria Czytań, is a calque from the English language. Reading series means a form of presenting literature and, at the same time, a way of uniting literary communities. It is high time the “city of literature” tried out this formula of organizing literary life. The initiators of the project are the men and women editors and activists gathered around the Ha!art publishing house, foundation, magazine and web portal.
The Krakow Reading Series consists in regularly organized meetings during which men and women writers, essayists and translators read excerpts from their works. The authors of the project would very much like to create a permanent forum where literature would play the leading role. During the Reading Series meetings, you will be able to listen to those texts on which the writers are still working as well as to the latest works by authors who are already known and by those who are debuting. All works to be read are selected by the curators of the project.