Literary-Ventures1Join us for literary presentations and small-group informal discussions of Czech and Slovak books in English translation.

Everyone is welcome. Discussions are cosponsored by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota, Office of the Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic, and Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota. Book discussions are held from 10:00 a.m.-noon on the 1st floor of the C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Questions? gwen@cs-center.org

Literary Ventures: 2015-2016 Schedule

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Literary Ventures: 2015-2016 Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The 2015-2016 Literary Ventures schedule and book list is now available. Click on the image below to enlarge it, or click here to view a PDF version of the schedule.

Literary Ventures 2015-2016

 

April 10 LECTURE: Michal Hvorecký’s Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America)

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April 10 LECTURE: Michal Hvorecký’s Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America)

Michal Hvorecký, one of the most successful and most translated modern Slovak authors, is visiting Twin Cities! This Friday, April 10th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop (on the East Bank of University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus). Event will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. at nearby restaurant, the Loring Pasta Bar.

http://ias.umn.edu/2015/04/10/danube/

Parking and directions: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/visit/parking-directions

Do you want to know more about Michal and his book, Danube in America? Interview in English:http://literalab.com/2011/03/28/4168741708/

March 28 Book Reading: War with the Newts

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March 28 Book Reading: War with the Newts

Please join us for a review and discussion of the book entitled War with the Newts by Karel Čapek.

War with the Newts (Válka s mloky in the original Czech), also translated as War with the Salamanders, is a 1936 satirical science fiction novel by Czech author Karel Čapek. It concerns the discovery in the Pacific of a sea-dwelling race, an intelligent breed of newts, who are initially enslaved and exploited. They acquire human knowledge and rebel, leading to a global war for supremacy.

Only the last four of the book’s 26 chapters deal with the eponymous war. The rest of the book is concerned with the discovery of the Newts, their exploitation and evolution, and growing tensions between humans and the Newts in the lead-up to the war.

The book does not have any single protagonist, but instead looks at the development of the Newts from a broad societal perspective. At various points the narrator’s register seems to slip into that of a journalist, historian or anthropologist. The three most central characters are Captain J. van Toch, the seaman who discovers the Newts; Mr Gussie H. Bondy, the industrialist who leads the development of the Newt industry; and Mr Povondra, Mr Bondy’s doorman. They all reoccur throughout the book, but none can be said to drive the narrative in any significant way. All three are Czech. (Wikipedia, 2015).

If you would like to join us for this book discussion, please note the time and location details.

Literary Ventures: Living in Truth

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Literary Ventures: Living in Truth

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Literary Ventures will meet to discuss Vaclav Havel’s Living in Truth at 9:00 am CSPS Sokol Hall.

Literary Ventures: 2013-2014 Schedule

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Literary Ventures: 2013-2014 Schedule

The 2013-2014 Literary Ventures schedule is now available.

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Literary Ventures: 2013/2014 Schedule

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PDF Version of the 2013-2014 schedule: Literary Ventures 2013-2014 Final

 

Literary Ventures: Introducing 2012/2013 Schedule

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Literary Ventures | Comments Off on Literary Ventures: Introducing 2012/2013 Schedule

Join us for literary presentations and small-group informal discussions of Czech and Slovak books in English translation. Everyone is welcome. Discussions are cosponsored by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota, Office of the Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic, and Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota. Book discussions are held from 10:00 a.m.-noon on the 1st floor of the C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright – Book Discussion
  • Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    Living Parallel by Alexandr Kliment – Book Discussion
  • Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    Hansi: The Girl who Loved the Swastika by Maria Anne Hirschmann – Book Discussion
  • Saturday, December 15, 2012 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    How I Came to Know Fish by Ota Pavel
  • Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    Czech Plays: Seven New Works edited by Marcy Arlin, Gwynn MacDonald, and Daniel Gerould – Play Reading
  • Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    The Czech and Slovak Legion by Joan Mohr – Book Discussion
  • Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    If I Had Been a Boy I Would Have Been Shot … The Story of the Youngest of the Women of Lidice by Jaroslava Skleničková – Book Discussion
  • Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 by Heda Margolius Kovály – Book Discussion
  • Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall
    Czech and Slovak Short Stories edited by Jeanne W. Němcová – Book Discussion

Questions? Contact gwen@cs-center.org

Introducing 2011/2012 Czech and Slovak Literary Ventures

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Join us for literary presentations and small-group informal discussions of Czech and Slovak books in English translation. Everyone is welcome. Discussions are cosponsored by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota, Office of the Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic, and Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota.

Book discussions are held from 10:00 a.m.-noon on the 1st floor of the C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, unless otherwise noted.

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Literary Ventures: Introducing 2010/2011 Schedule

Posted by on Aug 14, 2010 in Literary Ventures | Comments Off on Literary Ventures: Introducing 2010/2011 Schedule

Join us for literary presentations and small-group informal discussions of Czech and Slovak books in English translation. Everyone is welcome. Discussions are cosponsored by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota, Office of the Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic, and Czech & Slovak Sokol Minnesota. Book discussions are held from 10:00 a.m.-noon on the 1st floor of the 383 Michigan Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, unless otherwise noted. See our Literary Ventures Page for schedule and topics.