With the New Year, we often force ourselves to go on diets, we swear that we’ll join a gym, learn a new language or find the love of our life. January is the perfect time to start something new. If you’re still not sure what your goal for 2016 will be, why not make it books? Keeping this resolution will be child’s play, thanks to LiteraTURA. In January, join us for this year’s first free book exchange as part of the Second Life of a Book campaign, the first text battle in history, a winter meeting with Ziemowit Szczerek and a magical night at the library. Among locations opening their doors will be ArtCafe Barakah, Klub Kabaret, Bomba na Placu, MOCAK and the Śródmieście Public Library in Kraków. Traditionally, entry to all the events will be free, with the exception of the Winter Holidays at MCC (Ferie w MCK) programme meetings, which cost 10 PLN per child.
• ArtCafe Barakah, 7 January 2016, 8 PM
The first text battle – an event full of metaphorical roundhouses, poetic karate kicks and ninja-style dodges. All participants and their own texts will go head-to-head with their opponents and try to go for a creative knockout. The winner will gain the glory that they’ll carry for an entire month. After that time, they will have to enter the ring again to defend their championship title.
• Klub Kabaret, 10 January 2016, 6 PM – 10 PM
Join us for Poetry and heresies 38: Debilio Kudenzo. As part of the cycle of meetings organised since September 2015, generations come together so the participants can learn from one another. The invited writers present their accomplishments in two parts – literary and musical, as well as theatrical.
• Bomba na Placu, 12 January 2016, 7 PM
A meeting with Ziemowit Szczerek, a Polish journalist, writer and translator. He will talk about his newest book, of which he writes: “This isn’t another book about the Maidan and about the war in Donbass. This is a journey through an emerging country. Sometimes post-apocalyptic, sometimes roaring with enthusiasm. It is an expedition to the hedges of the newest history of the ‘pro-Western’ and ‘pro-eastern’ Ukraine”.
• Cheder Cafe, 14 January 2016, 6 PM
A meeting with Weronika Murek and Dominika Słowik, authors of the most prominent literary debuts of 2015: a collection of psychedelic stories Uprawa roślin południowych metodą Miczurina [The Cultivation of Southern Plants Using Michurin’s Method] (Murek) and Atlas: Doppelganger, a trance-like, powerful story about how the common, dirty and cheap elements of a Silesian housing block estate from the time of Poland’s transformation metamorphose into the metaphysical and fantastical before our very eyes.
• MOCAK, 15 January 2016, 6 PM
A meeting focusing on the book Kino epoki nowofalowej [Cinema of the New Wave Era]. Taking part in the meeting will be prominent figures of Polish film studies: editors of the book and authors of some of the texts found in the book, including Tadeusz Lubelski, Iwona Sowińska and Jerzy Armata.
Check out the full schedule of literary events for January 2016! You can find it here.