Debates, public reading sessions and meetings with students at FILB 9

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The ninth edition of the International Literature Festival in Bucharest, the most important international, independent literature in Romania, is kicking off tomorrow on December 7.

The first event of the festival this year will be the conference „The biography of an international, independent literature festival: FILB” made in partnership with the Communication Sciences Department within the University of Bucharest. The event is hosted at the Peasant Club, „Cezar Tabarcea – Adela Rogojinaru” Hall on December 7, at 6 p.m. Invited guests will be two of the festival’s founders, writer Vasile Ernu and communication expert Oana Boca Stanescu, with professor doctor Cristina Bogdan as hostess.

Two nights of public reading sessions and debates at the Peasant Club will follow on December 8 and 9, starting 6 p.m.FILB 9

Thursday, December 8

FILB 9 opening: Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu, the Festival’s president

Reading Irina Teodorescu-from the novel „Blestemul talharului mustacios/ The Curse of the moustached bandit”, awarded the Andre Dubreuil prize for the debut novel in France.

Reading Veronica D. Niculescu – from the novel „Spre văi de jad și sălbăție/ To jade and dornel hills”

Reading Lavinia Braniște – from the novel „Interior zero/ Inside zero

Reading Irina Teodorescu – from the story novel “Dincolo de ferestre/ Beyond windows”.

Debate “About feminine writing: is there a female writing or it’s just a comfortable label for the literary critics and for the cultural journalism?”. Hostess: Mihaela Dedeoglu

Dialogue with the audience

Friday, December 9

Reading Jan Koneffke- excerpt from the novel “Ein Sonntagskind”

Reading Vlad Zografi – from the novel „ Efectele secundare ale vieții/Life’s side effects”

Reading Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari: from the novel „Războiul Mondial al Fumătorilor/ Smokers’ World War

Reading Tudor Ganea: from the novel „Cazemata/The Bunker”

Debate „Escape from reality: utopia, adoptive countries, magical realism. What happens to good, old realism?”. Host: Ovidiu Simonca

Closing: Oana Boca Stanescu

Literary disco: writer Vasile Ernu


In the past 9 years of existence, FILB has brought in Bucharest 114 writers from 25 countries: Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croaia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Malta, Great Britain, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, USA, Turkey and Romania.

FILB is the only literature festival in Romania that has been publicly presented at the most important festival in the world, Edinburgh Festivals in August 2015. It was awarded the second prize at the Civil Society Gala and was nominated for the Radio Romania Cultural Awards in 2015.

FILB has also brought in Bucharest the Literary Death Match, a successful international game where literature enters the squared circle, a project “with the most engaging readings” (LA Times).

The festival was founded on October 2008 by Oana Boca (manager cultural) and writers Vasile Ernu and Bogdan-Alexandru Stănescu. Ioana Gruenwald has joined the organizers since 2012.

The Romania Journal is among the festival’s media partners this year.

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