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Eli Beneš: winner of the 2024 Magnesia Litera Award

30. 4. 2024

Prague Literary Agency’s new author, Eli Beneš, has won the prestigious Czech Magnesia Litera Award for Best Fiction. His novel The Slight Loss of Loneliness was chosen as “Debut of the Year”.

This compelling account of the return from Auschwitz to post-war Prague reflects historical events with great accuracy. It is not just another reappraisal of the Holocaust; it covers the time afterwards instead and confronts readers with events that are little known.

Published in 2023, the book has been labelled the “best book of the year” by critics.

Marek Toman at the Leipzig Book Fair

4. 3. 2024

The Amazing Adventures of Florentin Flowers, the Righteous Pirate in the Service of Madame L.: The German edition of the children‘s book by Marek Toman and Magdalena Rutová will be presented at the Leipzig Book Fair on 24 March. The humorous pirate adventure for readers from 9 years old is also about the love for reading, which in this book even saves lives.

The German edition has been published by the Austrian publisher Drava. The event will be hosted by Raija Hauck, the translator of this book.

Sylva Fischerová presents her writing in English translation

13. 10. 2023

Prague’s first official city poet and writer, Sylva Fischerová, read a selection from her writing for an English speaking audience. The event took place in the evening of 12 October at the Globe, an English-language bookstore in the heart of Prague. In addition to some of her poems, Sylva Fischerová read also a short story from her latest book Thousands of Plateaus (Tisíce plošin). This collection of short stories is being translated by Deborah Garfinkle, a translator and scholar living in San Francisco.

Lucie Faulerová to present her book internationally

27. 7. 2023

To introduce her book Deathmaiden (Smrtholka) in translation, Lucie Faulerová has been invited to events and book festivals in Germany, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia and Slovenia. The Czech Center in Egypt has presented the Arabic translation of the novel. The book has been translated into eleven languages so far.

Petr Stančík at the Leipzig Bookfair

25. 4. 2023

German readers can meet Petr Stančík twice at the upcoming Leipzig Bookfair:

He will present his children‘s book H2O and The Secret Water Mission in German translation (H2O und die geheime Wassermission) on Friday, 28 April, at 16:30 (hall 3, stand B200). The book’s illustrator Galina Miklínová will also be there to to get the audience of children involved.

Stančík will also present his latest novel Pravomil in German translation (Die Verjährung). This novel is being compared by readers to the worldwide bestseller The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
The presentation will take place on Saturday, 29 April, at 14:00 at the Czech national stand E 301 in hall 4.

Both events will be hosted by the translator Raija Hauck.

Marka Míková presents her books in USA and Canada

3. 4. 2023

The children’s book author Marka Míková is touring the USA and Canada in April.

The puppeteer and musician is introducing her books Roches and Jinks and The Coat and the Handbag to an audience of kids. Her stops are: Chicago, Lincoln, Boston, Toronto and Calgary.

Petr Stančík’s new novel presented in Germany

30. 3. 2023

Petr Stančík presented his latest novel Pravomil in German translation (Die Verjährung) at the German-Czech Culture Festival in Bremen. Stančík’s picaresque novel is inspired by the true story of war hero Pravomil Raichl (1921-2002).

Pravomil experiences the eventful history of the 20th century, from the interwar years, via Gestapo interrogations, to the hell of the Soviet gulag. As if by a miracle, he survives World War II battles and death sentences, finally emigrating to the USA. At the end of his life Pravomil returns to his homeland to take justice into his own hands.

Selected for The White Ravens Catalogue 2022

21. 10. 2022

One more honour for the book Kabát a kabelka (Coat and Handbag), by Marka Míková and Galina Miklínová: it has been included in The White Ravens catalogue 2022, which recommends new children’s and youth books deserving worldwide attention.

The White Ravens is a widely aknowledged annual overview of exceptional and innovative books from all around the world, selected by the specialists at the International Youth Library in Munich with the support of children’s literature experts from many countries.

Marka Míková, Galina Miklínová: prestigious award for best children’s literature

15. 4. 2022

A coat and a handbag fall in love: this tender and slightly crazy story for children from six years, written by Marka Míková, illustrated by Galina Miklínová, has won the prestigious Czech Magnesia Litera Award for best children‘s literature.

Kabát a kabelka (The Coat and the Handbag) draws readers into an exciting adventure on empty city streets in the midst of pandemic times. The author‘s narration “enchants with poetics, individuality, humor and grabs the heart like any true love story”, the jury has written about this book.

Augustin Zimmermann by Zuzana Kultánová: presentation in Spain

30. 3. 2022

Zuzana Kultánová will be presenting the Spanish edition of her literary debut Augustin Zimmermann, published by La Navaja Suiza, to Spanish readers on 30 March. The presentation in the independent bookstore Tipos Infames in Madrid is supported by the Czech Literary Center and the Czech Center in Spain.

In her novel Augustin Zimmermann the author uses historical events to conjure a timeless parable about the foolish desire to break free from one’s nature and dark passions.