The Czech Literature Guide is a unique publication that informs about the current Czech literary scene in English. The first part of the title presents Czech prose, poetry, essay, children’s books and the development of the book market over the last decade, while the ‘services section’ offers an overview of literary awards, grants, foreign Czech studies scholars, periodicals, literary cafés and further information indispensable for a better grasp of the workings of contemporary Czech literature. The Czech Literature Guide is intended for foreign publishers, Czech studies scholars and those interested in Czech literature.
The title will be distributed at international book fairs, within the network of Czech Centres and other ways in order to provide information about the contemporary Czech literary scene abroad. The guide draws on similar titles, published in the 1990s and post-2000, by the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers or the Czech Ministry of Culture. Published by the Arts and Theatre Institute (IDU) as part of an edition, which explores the contemporary Czech arts scene through its various genres. The Czech Literature Guide was supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture and edited by the IDU’s head of the literary department Viktor Debnár, and editor-in-chief of the Czech Literature Portal Jaroslav Balvín. The writing, editing, consulting and translating duties were shared by a wide range of experts including Daná Blatná, Jaroslav Císař, Graeme Dibble or Radim Kopáč.