Wed 18 April 2012

New citybooks cities announced: Turnhout, Venice and Yerevan

citybooks, the international literary project of deBuren, will take to three new cities this year. In each of the cities Turnhout (Belgium), Venice (Italy) and Yerevan (Armenia), five writers and a photographer will make individual and unique ‘city portraits’, following a two-week residency.

After Charleroi and Ostend, Turnhout is the third Belgian city in which citybooks will set up shop. This time, Peter Terrin, Chika Unigwe, Walter van den Broeck, Marjolijn Februari and the Georgian author Lasha Bughadze will be amongst the writers participating. The latter has already taken part in citybooks Tbilisi, for which he wrote A Song for Tbilisi. Now he’ll journey to the Low Countries, via the network set up between participating cities, to write a second citybook. This edition of citybooks will see collaboration with Turnhout 2012.

Venice is the first Italian city to take part in the citybooks project. The preparations are well underway, and we can already let a few names out of the bag: Atte Jongstra, Rebekka de Wit en Andrea Galiazzo (photographer). Venice is home to our local partner-organisation Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The resulting stories will appear not only as webtexts, e-books and audio book in Dutch, English and French, but also in Italian, as a special ‘courtesy translation’.

Can’t wait to listen to an Italian-language citybook? You don’t have to! The Italian author Davide Longo has written citybooks about Utrecht and Charleroi, both of which are now available to read and download in the original Italian. The story about Utrecht is also available for listening, while an audio version of the work from Charleroi will follow shortly.

Yerevan, after Tbilisi, is the second Asian city to feature on the citybooks map. At this moment, Serge van Duijnhoven is a guest in the brand new World Book Capital in Armenia. More information on this to follow!

Via, facebook and twitter we will keep you up-to-date with the latest citybooks news from all participating cities.



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