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ArtsYoung Czech wins EU literature award for novel on photographer Drtikol

17-10-2014 16:02 | Jan Richter

'A History of Light' Czech writer Jan Němec is among 13 young European authors who have won the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature. Němec was recognized for his unusual debut novel about the renowned Czech photographer František Drtikol. Entitled A History of Light, the novel captures Drtikol’s complex personality, and follows his path from photography to eastern spirituality and Buddhism.  More

Czech BooksKateřina Tučková and the latterday witch hunts of Moravia

11-10-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Photo: host The White Carpathian Mountains, straddling the border of Moravia and Slovakia, are one of the most beautiful and rural parts of the Czech Republic. Towns are few and far between and for centuries local people would take their aches and pains to old women renowned in the region for their special healing powers. They were known as “goddesses” and passed their knowledge from generation to generation. But Czechoslovakia’s post-war communist rulers saw the world these women represented as a threat and within two generations they were wiped out. Their tragic story is the subject of the excellent novel “Žítková Goddesses” by the young Moravian writer Kateřina Tučková. David Vaughan meets her.  More

NewsCzech author Jan Němec receives EU Prize for Literature

08-10-2014 12:05 | Jan Richter

Czech writer Jan Němec is among 13 European authors who have won the EU Prize for Literature for 2014, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou said at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday. Mr Němec has been awarded for his novel A History of Light, a biographical piece about the Czech photographer František Drtikol. The prize is dedicated to new and emerging European authors. The 33-year-old Jan Němec is the second Czech writer who received the prize after Tomáš Zmeškal who was awarded in 2011. 

Current AffairsLibraries organize week–long series of events to attract new readers

07-10-2014 15:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová Thousands of libraries around the country are celebrating National Library Week with events aimed at drawing more people to these public institutions and highlighting what they have to offer. Some are inviting people to come and tango, others have selected readings by popular children’s authors while library staff in Ostrava have taken to the streets to reward anyone seen reading a book.  More

Czech BooksElena Buixaderas: a Spanish poet in Prague

27-09-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Elena Buixaderas, photo: Isaac Sibecas At a crossroads in Europe, the Czech capital has always been an international city and has attracted writers from many parts of the world. But, despite the rich historical links between the two countries going back to the 16th century and beyond, we would not normally associate modern Prague with Spain. One person who has been building literary Spanish-Czech bridges for the best part of two decades is the Prague based Spanish poet, Elena Buixaderas. She is David Vaughan’s guest in Czech Books.  More

ArtsHow the Velvet Revolution overturned the literary landscape

19-09-2014 16:28 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Writers were at the forefront of the Velvet Revolution. But when the dust settled on the political changes they found a fast changing publishing revolution underway that left some of them sidelined. We look at the changes in the publishing and literary world over the last two decades.  More

Czech History“Adventurers Against Their Will” highlights fate of people displaced during WWII

13-09-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Joanie Schirm During the Second World War, millions of people lost their homes, family and friends, and were forced to start new lives elsewhere. The book Adventurers Against Their Will traces several such stories, based on wartime correspondence between a Czech Jewish physician who found refuge in China, and his friends and relatives scattered around the world. The award-winning book by Joanie Schirm has just come out in Czech.  More

Czech BooksMarek Toman: The Special Meaning of Pancakes

13-09-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Marek Toman, photo: David Vaughan The work of the novelist Marek Toman is diverse. It takes us from Jewish Prague in the 16th century all the way to the drama of the Velvet Revolution four hundred years later. He has even written one novel in which radio becomes a central character. His latest book, due to be published next year, again takes us back in time. It focuses on a notorious 17th century court case, but is far from being a mere costume drama. In the author’s work the past is always nearer to the present than you might expect. David Vaughan met the novelist.  More

Current AffairsCzech court clears publishers of Hitler speeches

11-09-2014 16:02 | Jan Richter

Photo: Guidemedia The publishers of Adolf Hitler’s speeches have been cleared of charges of propagating Nazism. A court in Brno said the collection of the Nazi dictator’s speeches was obviously a historical text, and found no evidence it promoted the Nazi ideology.  More

MarketplaceAmerican turns passion for children’s books into business

10-09-2014 14:56 | Ruth Fraňková

Jeffrey Zamoff, photo: BrownBoxBooks Facebook page American Jeffrey Zamoff has been living in Prague for six years, earning his living as an English teacher and collecting and selling old vinyl records for pleasure. Two years ago, he decided to enlarge his offer with used English books for kids and discovered a hole in the market. His hobby soon turned into a small business, and besides running an internet shop, he has just opened a brick and mortar shop in the city. When I met Jeffrey Zamoff, I asked him how he came up with the idea in the first place:  More


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