Josef Winkler at PEN World Voices Festival in New York

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JOSEF WINKLER

Josef Winkler

In the last ten years, the Pen World Voices Festival has become an institution, not only because it is the only international literary festival in New York, but because it brings together authors from all over the world and the discussions that take place in its framework are enriched by the different cultural backgrounds of the participants. Continue reading

New Austrian crime fiction

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Wolf Haas

author Wolf Haas

I grew up in a house full of books, many among them crime novels (think: Agatha Christie), but I have only come to appreciate the genre when, while living in Italy, I totally fell in love with Andrea Camilleri’s crime novels. His Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano was named after the Spanish writer Manuel Vázques Montalbán, equally a writer of the so-called social crime novel. Camilleri’s stories are written in Sicilian dialect, and, while they deal in a critical way with the Berlusconi era in Italy, they also reveal a lot about Sicily, its people, and its cuisine. Salvo Montalbano is what we would call a “foodie” (but who in Italy isn’t?), and the descriptions of his meals should not be read while hungry. Continue reading

2014 – World War I Centenary, new books

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WW1c2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Many events are taking place to commemorate the war that changed the world and especially Europe so fundamentally.

It is not really surprising that a number of new books have been published on the topic during the last few months, as there are still so many unanswered questions that are being researched by historians. Continue reading

Library Holiday Hours

Winter in Austria

Our library will observe the following opening hours through the Holidays:

Monday, December 23: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, December 24: closed
Wednesday, December 25: closed
Thursday, December 26: closed
Friday, December 27: 10am – 5pm

Monday, December 30: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, December 31: closed
Wednesday, January 1: closed
Thursday, January 2: 10am – 5pm
Friday, January 3: 10am – 5pm

Monday, January 6: closed

The regular library hours will resume on January 7.

We wish you Happy Holidays and hope to see you soon again in our library.

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!

Literature in Transit at the New Literature from Europe Festival

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The New Literature from Europe festival’s 10-year anniversary celebration will take readers on the road with 9 authors whose writing blurs national boundaries. EU passport holders are in transit, working, traveling, living and functioning easily over most of the continent, and European writers are articulating a new consciousness of this state of motion.  Continue reading

Austria’s National Holiday

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Coat of arms of AustriaToday, October 26, marks Austria’s National holiday in remembrance of the Austrian State Treaty with the four occupying powers, which was signed on May 15, 1955 and restored Austria’s independence. From October 26, 1955 no foreign troops were allowed on Austrian territory and the Austrian Parliament declared Austria’s permanent neutrality. Continue reading