No one needs reminding of Prague’s rich association with literature, but sometimes it’s worth gently celebrating the fact that a disproportionately large number of famed wordsmiths have lived and worked within the city.

Earlier this week, Prague’s Municipal Library launched Prague, City of Literature, an engaging interactive map which plots the locales of influential authors, linking through to online copies of their work.

Set up with the aim of gaining the title of ‘UNESCO Creative City of Literature’, the virtual map is accompanied by a series of posters throughout the city featuring quotes from the works of famous authors alongside information on their local neighbourhoods.

“The main objective of the project is to encourage the perception among residents and visitors that Prague is a place that inspires its own work,” said organisers. “And also to encourage interest in reading and literature in general.”

Andrew Fenwick

Andrew Fenwick is multimedia editor at Transitions Online. Email: andrew.fenwick@tol.org

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