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Authors’ Reading Month 2020

Authors’ Reading Month 2020

Authors’ Reading Month (ARM), which is the largest literary festival in Central Europe, was established in Brno in 2000 and over time spread to other cities: in 2011, to Ostrava; a year later to Wroclaw and Košice; and, most recently, to Lviv, in 2015. The programme of the festival has a dual focus: the first is domestic, i.e., the literature of the host countries; the second is the literature of the country that is awarded the title of ‘Guest of Honour’ in that particular year.

Authors’ Reading Month (ARM) traditionally opens on 1 July in Brno and then moves continuously from one host city to another for thirty-one days. The main programme offers two author readings a day: representatives of the guest-of-honour country and the host country. During the month, at least sixty-two writers are featured in each city. In total, there are over three hundred author readings, plus another accompanying programme. All readings can be viewed live online.

The festival covers a number of other activities, for example, new translations are published through the ARM Library book series, and a film is produced featuring portraits of writers from the guest-of-honour country, and so on.

In 2020, the guest-of-honour country of the festival was Hungary.

The complete programme of the festival can be found at: