The Book of Riga launch at Housmans

13 Apr 2018 - 7.00PM - 3.00

In the year in which Latvia celebrates a centenary as an independent state, we bring you stories which demonstrate how Riga has established itself as a vibrant creative centre, attracting artists, performers and writers from across the region and beyond. 

This rare showcase of contemporary Latvian writing gathers together stories by some of the country's finest writers, chronicling the city's continuing growth and transformation after centuries of foreign rule.

Reflecting on the past, and looking to the future of the city once dubbed 'the Paris of the North', these stories are told with dark humour, cynicism, and compare what was and what can become reality if it's citizens aspire to greatness.

Readings by special guest authors (all the way from Riga) Svens Kuzmins and Dace Ruksane and will be hosted by European Literature Network's own West Camel.

7pm start
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase 
Free #iamintrovert Latvian beer will be available
Venue: Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Email: or get your ticket online HERE

Sven Kuzmins (1985) is a Latvian writer, artist and actor. He mainly writes prose fiction, critical articles, and journalism, but also experiments with various forms of visual arts and literature. He is actively involved in other media projects, and is known to the wider public as one of the initiators and authors behind the NERTEN sketch theatre project. Pilsetas šamani/ Urban Shamans (Dienas Gramata, 2016) is Kuzmins' first collection of stories, complimented by his own graphic drawings. His works have been translated into English, Russian and Lithuanian, and published in various printed and online platforms.

Dace Rukšane-Ščipčinska (born 1969) is a Latvian writer and jounalist. After finishing high school she studied Medicine and Biology and additionally participated in the SOURCES 2 Script Development Workshop in Vienna. Rukšane became known in 2002 for her novel Romaninš/The Little Affair that touched upon the subjects of feminine sexuality gained great popularity. It was followed by books Beatrises gultas stasti/ Bedtime Stories of Beatrice, and Kapec tu raudaji?/ Why were you crying?, as well as several articles and columns devoted to intimate subject matters and relationships. During the 1990's Rukšane wrote poetry, and in early 2000's several of her plays were staged in various theatres in Latvia. Her novels have been published in Germany and Denmark. In 2002, Rukšane became a regular contributor to a weekly column in Sestdiena magazine. From 2004 until 2012 she was editor-in-chief of Lilit magazine.