7 literary festivals worth a visit

These thought-provoking gatherings feature the biggest names in the literary world.

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American publisher Max Rudin, Syrian poet Adonis, and American graphic artist R. Crumb chat onstage at the Prague Writers' Festival. American publisher Max Rudin, Syrian poet Adonis, and American graphic artist R. Crumb chat onstage at the Prague Writers' Festival. (Photo: Prague Writers' Festival)

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Prague Writers' Festival: Prague, Czech Republic

Because of its role as a cultural foundation, the Prague Writers' Festival feels more like the culmination of a cultural calendar year than a one-off event.

Founded in 1991, in the intervening years it has come to be seen as one of the premier intellectual gatherings in Europe, attracting Nobel laureates and other literary stars. Interestingly, each festival is wrapped around a theme – this year it's fear – which gives Prague a more congruent feel than other, more fractured festivals.

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