Fri 09 March 2012

citybooks at Mind the Book

From Friday the 9th until Sunday the 11th of March, arts centre Vooruit in Ghent will host the Mind the Book festival’s second edition. This year’s ‘Meeting of Minds between authors and readers’ features a whole range of international writers and a broad variety of activities, all waiting to be discovered. And deBuren’s citybooks are on the programme, too.

On Sunday afternoon (15.30-16.30), there’ll be a chance to hear Simone Lenaerts, Anna Luyten en Bernard Dewulf in conversation. At the invitation of deBuren, they embarked on trips in Graz, Bucharest and Ostend respectively, to (re)discover each city in the context of the international residency project citybooks. During their stay, each author wrote a non-fiction short story about the city itself and their experiences there. But how do you approach such a project? And how do you describe the jumble of language, symbols and impressions that makes up a city? The three authors will present excerpts from their citybooks and discuss the challenges of living and reading, travelling and writing.

More from deBuren at Mind the Book
On Saturday, at 16:30, there’s the chance to attend the Mediacafé: Nieuws, dat verzin je niet (You don't make up the news). Karel van den Berg, Xandra Schutte (De Groene Amsterdammer), Wouter Verschelden (De Morgen), Piet Piryns (Knack) en Lisbeth Imbo (Radio 1) will take a look behind the scenes at the editorial workings of news and comment magazines. Fittingly, at 18:00, there will be a screening of DWARS, the aptly descriptive documentary about De Groene Amsterdammer.

At the deBuren stand, illustrator and cartoonist Jangojim will be performing as a literary tattooist. Have the title of your favourite book or fictional character drawn on your arm, or choose a citybook title and be adorned as ‘The Knifemaker of Tbilisi’! (In fact, you can start making your choices now at

On Saturday, events kick off with a discussion with Arnon Grunberg. The Dutch author has recently returned from his citybooks residency in the Polish city of Lublin, and the text about his stay will appear online this spring. During Mind the Book he will be in conversation with Rob Riemen and Ian Buruma about Riemen’s book De eeuwige terugkeer van het fascisme (The Never-Ending Return of Fascism) (2010). And, on Sunday, Geert van Istendael and Peter Holvoet-Hanssen will also make appearances at Mind the Book. For deBuren they wrote, respectively, the Radioboek Three Poets or the Permanence of Poetry and the citybook The Mission in Ostend.


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