Edward Hirsch and Norman Manea seek meaning in poetry


Two old friends, American poet Edward Hirsch and Norman Manea, the Romanian writer living in New York, met their readers on Saturday, the 4th of October, on the fourth day of the Iaşi Festival of Literature and Translation, within a debate about poetry, its role in society and the way it influences character, as the

An unicorn and Charlie Chaplin’s table neighbour


The Alecart meetings on Saturday brought before the young readers the writers James Meek (United Kingdom) and Fabio Stassi (Italy). During the event moderated by the teacher Nicoleta Munteanu, the two answered the students' questions, sharing stories from their personal lives that were used as material for their texts, and talking about the past, about

Matei Vişniec, a favourite among the teenagers of Iaşi


One could say that FILIT refrained from appearing grand for one moment during this year's edition, and this was not the result of oversight, but instead of a gesture of subtlety and elegance. This was the closing event, taking place on Sunday evening at the "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theatre of Iaşi, after the last of

Five ladies, five characters, one woman


Before the several dozen people filling the attic of the Pogor Museum, the Monika Peetz spoke at the "Logos" Club meetings, about the roles in which we can find women in Germany, starting from the five characters of her book, The Tuesday Ladies. Photo credit: Cătălin Hopulele At the meeting that was also

100 bottled poets


Elena Vlădăreanu is invaded by ladybugs while writing poetry. Emil Brumaru focuses on what he has always loved best – a woman. Unfortunately, this time it's only a woman cut out of red paper. Ionel Ciupureanu snorts words, and Nora Iuga, at the ripe old age of 83, crawls around on all fours, with a

Care Santos: “Emotion is very important for me. I can forgive anything about a novel, except it leaving me unmoved”


Cătălina Dobroviceanu Photo credit: Ciprian Coldovan The "Caudella" Auditorium in the Balş House was not enough yesterday at 12.00h, when the Alecart meeting was due to start, hosting the writers Care Santos and Ioana Nicolaie. Aside from the students, the discussion also involved the writer Mircea Cărtărescu, and at the end, the audience

Those who write amidst robots and empty cigarette packs


Ioan Stoleru Photo credit: Claudiu Bârliba Georgi Gospodinov, Dumitru Crudu and Matei Florian, three writers from the ex-Soviet space, as the moderator, Bogdan Creţu, pointed out, sat around the same table yesterday during the "Writers in the centre" event. The authors, coming from Sofia, Chişinău and Bucharest,  talked about how they present the