Literary Events: Mar. 2012

Upcoming Literary Events


“Yes we can” is what Barack Obama promised to the electorate. Little is left from this enthusiasm, which captivated the United States at the beginning of Obama’s presidency. A country struck by the economic crisis, hugely indebted, with broken roads and wretched schools. Wolfgang Geier, correspondent for the Austrian public broadcaster ORF in Washington D.C., paints a grim picture of the declining superpower and reports what has gone wrong. In German.

19 Mar., 19:00
6., Thalia Buchhandlung
Mariahilfer Straße 99, (01) 595 45 50



Poets from all over Europe followed the call of European Embassies and Cultural Institutes in Vienna and will present their oeuvres on this evening at the Literaturhaus. The festival is held for the third time and attracted contributions from Austrian, Finnish, Belgian, Georgian, Italian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Czech and Hungarian poets. The readings will be held in the poets’ native language with German translations.

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

A DIARY OF PIQUE 1983–1984

Carl Djerassi, the Austro-American chemist, “father” of the birth control pill, novelist and art collector presents his latest publication in Vienna. Full of anger and self-pity, Djerassi relieved his feelings and desperation in poetry, when the love of his life, his future wife Diane Middlebrook, left him in 1983. It is only now, after the death of Diane in 2007, that Djerassi edited and revised these lyrical diary entries of the past. In English.

22 Mar., time to be announced
1., Shakespeare & Company
Sterngasse 2, (01) 535 50 53



Haley and Sam. Both of them sweet sixteen. Two love stories. In Mark Z. Danielewski’s latest novel, two teens travel the United States and history: from the Civil War to the Cold War, from the civil rights movement to the Iraq War. From front to back and from back to front. The novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award, can literally be read upside down. Reading in English.

28 Mar., 19:00
7. Hauptbücherei
Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a,
(01) 400 08 45 00



Share your insights on the protagonist’s strengths and weaknesses, on the twists and turns in the story line of the novel you are reading with other booklovers. One Monday per month the groups gets together to discuss some contemporary English novel or timely non-fiction at the English Studies Library of the University of Vienna. New members welcome. The next book for discussion will be announced on the website.

2 Apr., 18:00
9., Fachsbereichsbibliothek für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universitätscampus Altes AKH
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8, 0699 81 76 16 89

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