European Literature Night 2017

Friday, June 02, 2017, 7:00-10:00pm

photo by Marian Benes

European Literature Night brings the spirit of European café culture to New York City, featuring live performed readings from 15 exceptional European books, accompanied by an international book fair.

Actors perform a curated selection of passages from exceptional literary works of fiction and poetry from across the European continent. The selected books are available in a book fair along with other international titles. New York audiences move from room to room to experience literary work from prominent and up-and-coming European authors whose work allows for the exploration of parallels between European experiences and the current cultural and political climate in America. The event is modeled after its overseas counterpart, offering a European style experience where audiences can listen to readings and exchange ideas while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.  

Off-site event: Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street - View Map


Representing Greece

7-8 PM Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry edited by Karen Van Dyck

100X156__austerity-measures-greece.jpg?e1f89679d87a09725a2ca34ebe9810f7This powerful bilingual anthology of poetry is a display of resilience and beauty, showcasing the richness and strength of contemporary Greek poetry. According to Kate Kellaway, writing for The Observer, the book provides “an uncommon chance to share Greek experience beyond the headlines—in a way that is fascinating, revelatory and only possible through poetry.”

Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Literature in the Classics Department at Columbia University. She writes on modern Greek and Greek diaspora literature, and gender and translation theory.          

Full Program HERE


ELN is a decade-old tradition in many European countries. The inaugural New York edition is also the first in the U.S. and will be launched on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Treaties of Rome – treaties that brought reconciliation, growth and security to millions of Europeans after WWII. The concept of the ELN is based in this spirit of unity, and on the belief that literature is a unique and creative medium that can help strengthen the dialogue between single voices and cultures, and that it is a tool of mutual understanding which helps to break down communication barriers.

The first ELN was created by the Czech Center Prague and featured readings in pubs and coffee shops throughout the city, creating the experience of a “pub crawl” enhanced by literary readings. The addition of literature and the presentation of new and evocative ideas in these traditionally communal spaces where people discuss ideas gave visitors the space and material to enjoy and then reflect upon what they had heard. The Czech Center New York hopes to provide a similar experience to those visiting the ELN in Bohemian National Hall.

The selected books come from countries representing a diverse and varied Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.

European Literature Night 2017 is hosted by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), the Czech Center New York, and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.

Partner Organizations

Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations
General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A.
Elizabeth Kostova Foundation
Albertine Books in French and English
Consulate General of Estonia in New York
Onassis Foundation USA / Greek Consulate General in New York 
Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, New York
Consulate of Latvia in New York
Arts Council Malta in New York
Dutch Culture USA / Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
Polish Cultural Institute New York
Consulate General of Portugal in New York& Teatro da Saudade
Consulate General of Slovakia in New York
Consulate General of Spain in New York