Literary Events: May 2012

Upcoming Literary Events


Fueled by light drinks and snacks from Bobby’s Foodstore, Vienna Lit’s monthly book group dissects contemporary literature in a friendly, relaxed environment. Past discussions have centred around works such as Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, David Lodge’s Author Author, and Ali Smith’s The Accidental. The current choice is Colum McCann’s novel Let the Great World Spin, focusing on Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center twin towers, and its effect on the greatly varied residents watching reverently from the street below. In English. Free entry.

30 Apr., 18:00
English Studies Library
Altes AKH, Hof 8.2
9., Spitalgasse 2-4



American author T.C. Boyle presents a reading of his new adventure novel When the Killing’s Done: A biologist and an animal rights activist go head-to-head in the battle to rid California’s Channel Islands of non-native predatory animals, a timely study of humans’ interaction with – and disruption of – the natural world. This event is sold out, but double-check with the venue if any tickets have become available. In English.

2 May, 20:00
Rabenhof Theater
3., Rabengasse 3



For the first time, Sepp Tatzel, a stage and book author focusing on cabaret, presents his Yiddish texts inspired by Wagner operas. Michael Schottenberg and Elizabeth Eschwé will collaborate. Entrance fee: €9. In Yiddish.

9 May, 21:30
Volkstheater, Rote Bar
7., Neustiftgasse 1
(01) 521 11-0



The important role that social media play in channeling information can hardly be debunked now. The key, though, is effectively using a social outlet’s broad channel to both promote one’s writing and connect with others. Ana Znidar guides this seminar in studying how social media has changed the societal landscape, and how best to harness its energy and resources to work for one’s own creative purposes. In German.

Registration deadline: 29 Apr.
11-12 May
Writer’s Studio
9., Pramgasse 21
0664 731 14 618



Learn how to craft an entrancing memoir in this workshop taught by American bestselling author Rebecca Walker. An individualist memoirist whose work has affected social literature, Walker will teach participants how to capture their literary voice and translate that into writing their own story, as well give tips on how to find a publisher for their memoirs. In English. Pre-registration required.

21-26 May
Writer’s Studio
9., Pramgasse 21
0664 731 14 618

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