From Prague To Pittsburgh: An International Writer’s Festival

Between The University of Pittsburgh’s Contemporary Writers Series and the Pittsburgh Speakers Series, there is a veritable treasure trove of intellect and wit available to both academics and enthusiasts alike in Pittsburgh this autumn. One event is of particular significance: the Prague Writers’ Festival, organized for the first time outside of the Czech Republic.

Michael March established the Prague Writers’ Festival to allow European authors to inspire and create within a literary refuge. Today, this not-for-profit organization uses its donations to unite writers who speak towards internationally important themes.

Michael March (Photo Source: http://www.pwf.cz/)

Of all places, why is the festival in Pittsburgh? Our city is actually the location of the signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement, which led to the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. This particular festival commemorates the 95th anniversary of that historic national event.

Prague, a writers haven. (Photo Source: Letizia Barbi http://www.flickr.com/photos/letiziabarbi/)

The theme this year is the “Pursuit of Happiness” and a nation’s role in ensuring it. Point Park University will host the event. For more information, visit: http://www.pwf.cz/

Nathan Repp is a writer for Scholar Hero, Inc.

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