Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Literary Heart of Munich


In the largest publishing center in Germany and Europe (that’s Munich, by the way), they take their literature quite seriously. But it wasn’t until 1997 that Munich had a center to celebrate this great publishing history, and its innate love for the written word. Just off the pedestrian streets in the Altstadt is the Munich Literary House located at Salvadorplatz. It is described as a place for book sippers and page nibblers, movie talkers, penny-a-liners, starving artists, thinkers, and day-dreamers. Appropriately, the house was built in a former school, where they use the former girls gymnasium as the German Book Archive and Foundation for Literature. Despite a full program of public readings with famous authors, most people know the house for the great atmosphere in the cafe and coffeehouse.

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