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Walter Grond

Walter Grond, born 1957, Austrian novelist. He is artistic director of ELit Literaturehouse Europe. Walter Grond, geboren 1957, österreichischer Romancier und Essayist. Er ist Künstlerischer Leiter von ELiT Literaturhaus Europa.

Walter Grond, born 1957, Austrian novelist. He is artistic director of ELit Literaturehouse Europe.

Walter Grond, geboren 1957, österreichischer Romancier und Essayist. Er ist Künstlerischer Leiter von ELiT Literaturhaus Europa.

Biography

Walter Grond, born 1957, Austrian novelist. He is artistic director of ELit Literaturehouse Europe.

Walter Grond, geboren 1957, österreichischer Romancier und Essayist. Er ist Künstlerischer Leiter von ELiT Literaturhaus Europa.

Blog Posts

ELit Dossier January to March/ Jänner bis März 2015

In addition to reviews, trends and discussions about European literature, the ELit Observatory for European contemporary literature 2015 focuses on two areas of special interest – “Innovations in the digital field” and “Literature and migration”.

Blooming deserts in need/ Die Not der blühenden Wüsten

After Amazon’s takeover of the US website “Goodreads”, the owners of the Holzbrinck-financed online books website “Lovelybooks” reacted extremely calmly. This is a typical reaction in this sector. With growing ebook sales in German-speaking countries, the European group also sees good prospects for German language social reading offers. Whether that’s true or not. The message is that capitalism not only promotes reading, but also brings readers closer together. Plus, as the name already implies, a profit-oriented company like Holzbrinck superbly spreads the nimbus of social benefits. The various groups stick together and non-corporate affiliated and independent platforms with a definite literary appeal like “Readme” or “Literature across frontiers” lack the funds that they would need to create content on a more regular basis and a public forum. In the fast-moving world of capitalism, the capitalists produce continuity.

The Migrants/ Die Ausgewanderten

At the first European Literature Days in 2009, Jürgen Ritte, a literary scholar at the Sorbonne Paris, responded in answer to the question “Is there a European literature?” – “No and yes. Yes. Of course there is – there are shared lines of heritage. No, it has always been an export–import undertaking, like Europe and its culture in general. It’s a fruitful melange. A formidable machinery that assimilates everything from Chinese noodles, Japanese prints and South American plants, and has made everything, which it encounters, its own.”

Was brauchen innovative Verleger?

Am 8. Oktober 2014 veranstaltete die Frankfurter Buchmesse einen EU stakeholder workshop zum Thema “What do publishers need in order to innovative?” Anwesend waren Beamte der Europäischen Kommission, die für EU Pogramme im Bereich Kultur, Kreativität, Medien und neue Technologie zuständig sind, europäische Verleger, die bereits mit innovativen Projekten aufhorchen lassen, und Wissenschafter, welche die EU Kommission in bezug auf sinnvolle Förderungsschwerpunkte beraten.

Read on / Weiterlesen

Chris Meade, Director of if:book – The Future of the Book in London. Für das „Zukunftsatelier Buch_Text” der Solothurner Literaturtage 2014 schrieb er folgenden Beitrag, der hier in Kooperation und mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Solothurner Literaturtage erscheint. Siehe dazu auch den Beitrag von Veronika Trubel: Chris Meade über das Weiterlesen.

All and None/ Alles und nichts

Pius Knüsel, Director of Volkshochschule Zürich [Community College of the Canton of Zurich. For series of events „Workshopping the Future: Book_Text“ at the Solothurner Literaturtage he wrote the following article which is published here with kind permission and in cooperation with the „Solothurner Literaturtage“.

Rich versus Poor/ Reich versus arm

The European Literature Days 2011 presented me with some revealing insights. Under the banner of Europe: Fortress, Trauma and Dream, we discussed what possibilities there were for crossing political and cultural boundaries in Europe. The verdict on the open Europe we all long for was devastating and, from the outset, unanimous: Europe is about exclusion. On this, the critical minds of Europe are at one.

Building Bridges – the wrong moment?/ Brücken schlagen – unzeitgemäß?

When the ELit Literaturhaus Europa (Literature House Europe) was first launched, we undertook a small experiment with our authors, an idea called readme: ‘You tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are!’ (http://readme.cc). We felt distinctions like ‘Either books or Digital Media’ were superfluous, even more so ‘Ink good, Computer bad’. We’re passionate readers and we work with digital media and celebrate the opportunities they’ve brought to literature. Seeking and surfing: communicating culture via old and new technologies.