Literary Events: Nov. 2011

BUCH WIEN 2011

This annual festival features a variety of book readings, as well as a newspaper-related workshop, children’s games, a spoken word poetry event that mimics a silent disco, comic- and cartoon-drawing workshops, paper crafts projects and several poetry slams. Tickets are required for attendance to some events, while other events offer free admission. See website for specific locations and times.

Book Week: Nov. 7–13
Book Fair: Nov. 10–13
Wien Messe, Halle D
2., Trabrennstraße
www.buchwien.at

 

 

SCHMIDT STEPS BACK

Alone and growing old, retired lawyer Albert Schmidt sets out for new adventures. With both his daughter and his ex-girlfriend – a waitress 40 years his junior – pregnant, Schmidt turns for comfort to the French widow of a former business partner. Fans of author Louis Begley will remember the beloved character Schmidty from earlier novels like About Schmidt. The event is part of the Buch Wien festival. In English and German.

Nov. 13, 11:00
Theater in der Josefstadt
8., Josefstädter Straße 26
(01) 427 00 300
www.josefstadt.org

 

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: WHY VIOLENCE HAS DECLINED

In his world history of violence, evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker seeks to prove a daring hypothesis. Pinker shows that despite ongoing wars, genocide, bloody crimes and other cruelties, humans have actually bettered themselves and turned today’s world into a less violent place than it was in the past. Would you have guessed that tribal warfare was nine times more deadly than war and genocide in the 20th century? In English.

Nov. 10, 11:00
Bruno Kreisky Forum
19., Armbrustergasse 15
(01) 318 82 60 20
www.kreisky-forum.org

 

 

VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE

In her latest collection of short stories, contemporary American writer and French translator Lydia Davies wittily and sharply captures scenes of life within a few lines or pages. Themes include get-well letters from fourth graders to a hospitalized classmate, and the taking care of a baby. In English.

Nov. 12, 19:00
Literaturhaus Wien
7., Seidengasse 13
(01) 52 62 04 40

 

 

VOICES OF ESCAPE: 1938 AUSTRIAN EMIGRATION TO GREAT BRITAIN

Austrian refugees describe their childhood and youth in exile, their journey to safety, how they experienced the Second World War, and their integration into British society. Written by Anthony Grenville, a British exile researcher, the reading is part of the opening of the exhibition “Double Exposure” on Austrian refugees and their identity and relation to Austria. In English and German.

Nov. 17, 19:00
Österreichische Exilbibliothek im Literaturhaus7., Seidengasse 13
(01) 526 20 440
www.literaturhaus.at

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