Yesterday, I posted about book towns, small rural towns/villages in which second–hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Well, big cities can also have a literary designation; UNESC, in 2004, started an initiative called Cities of Literature, in order to “promote the social, economic and cultural development of cities in both the developed and the developing world.”
To become a City of Literature a city has to, among other things, score highly for:
· Quality, quantity and diversity of publishing in the city
· Hosting literary events and festivals which promote domestic and foreign literature
· Existence of libraries, bookstores and public or private cultural centers which preserve, promote and disseminate domestic and foreign literature.
There are 20 cities around the world which have received this designation:
Dunedin, New Zealand
Iowa City, United States
Prague, Czech Republic
If you are interested in investigating any of these cities, go to http://www.cityofliterature.com/cities-of-literature/cities-of-literature/. It provides links for the cities and explains why they are deserving of the title City of Literature.