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Bichsel draws crowds to literature festival

This year’s Solothurn literature festival – a showcase for Swiss contemporary authors – has attracted a record 11,000 visitors.

This content was published on May 16, 2010 - 16:19

Organisers said one of the highlights of the four-day event was a programme for children and youths.

An evening dedicated to Peter Bichsel, one of Switzerland’s most popular contemporary authors, drew the crowds.

Panel discussions were held about literature written by women as well as on book reviews over the internet and about translations into southeastern European languages.

On Thursday, Philippe Jaccottet, was awarded the renowned Schiller Prize for his life achievements as a poet and translator of German literature into French.

The Solothurn literary festival was founded in 1979 and brings together authors from Switzerland’s four language regions and from abroad.

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