Literary Events: Feb. 2011


Who I Am, and NGO dedicated to educating children to understand their cultural heritage and identity, as well as embrace their own mother tongue, is bringing Ishmael Beah on tour through Europe to share with our communities about his inspirational life story as a survivor as a former child soldier in Sierre Leone, West Africa.  From this near death experience, Beah has a special message of how the cultural traditions from his village and his own passion for the arts, gave him courage, strength, and hope for his future. Please send reservations to: and write “Lesung 2.2.11” in the subject line.

Feb. 2, 2011; 19:00
Museum of Military History
3., Arsenal Objekt 1
(01) 79561-0


65th Authors’ Project of the Alten Schmiede

A lecture for children, young adults and adults starting from age 10. Peter Waterhouse will present Wiederentdeckung (Rediscovery) by Erica Lillegg (1907-1988), children’s and young adult author. Chris Pichler reads from Vevi, for girls and boys, narrated by Erica Lillegg. An introduction will be given by Vera Nowak (Insitute for German Studies, University of Vienna).

Feb. 2, 2011; 16:30
Alte Schmiede
1., Schönlaterngasse 9
(01) 512 83 29



For six years, poetry fans have been meeting at Vienna’s Rhiz Bar where they either present or listen to texts. If you’d like to take the challenge, bring two texts with you and be prepared to impress the audience and the jury for five minutes with your text. DJ to be announced. See the website for more information.

Feb. 23, 2011; 20:15 (registration from 19:30 on)
Rhiz Bar
8., Gürtelbogen 37-38



Alexander Nitzberg recites from a self-translated poem collection (in two languages, Russian and German) –  Sieben Zehntel eines Kopfs (Seven-tenths of a Head) and comments. Concurrently, he published Trinken Sie Essig, meine Herren! in prose and translated from Russian by Beate Rausch, and published in 2011.

Feb. 7, 2011; 19:00
Alte Schmiede
1., Schönlaterngasse 9
(01) 512 83 29


From Powerful Women – A Personal Journey

Valerie Wilson Wesley, bestselling author and adjuct professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey, will give a talk exploring the historical empowerment of African-American women through the lives of the women in her family.

Feb. 15, 18:00
Amerika Haus
1.,Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
Please register by e-mail: or by fax: 313-39-2057

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