‘Book cultures, book events’ is the title of a conference to be held at University of Stirling (Scotland) on 23-25 March. As the conference literature explains: “A significant development in the environment of literature and the book at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries has been the growth of literary festivals and book towns. As part of the literary marketing mix, book festivals and towns offer publishers the opportunity to promote their authors and sell their products. Such locations also provide physical and sociological spaces in which readers encounter writers and literature.”
Amongst suggested topics are:
- literature as live event
- analyses of contemporary or historical book events, festivals, conferences and environments (including bookshop spaces)
- the role of live events in the digital age
- author/reader interactions at live events
- book events and other media/cultural forms.
Further information is available from the website of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication.