Literature.


Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

11 October 2022

House of European History celebrates European literature

On Wednesday 12 October, the House of European History in Brussels is organizing an event on the history and contemporary role of European literature. The four […]
31 March 2022

5 most charming travel bookstores in Europe

The modern traveler has quite a few information sources to choose from. First of all, of course, there’s the internet. Newspapers, specialized travel media, influencers…The amount […]
1 February 2022

Then and now. New photo book showcases historical beauty of Route 66

In 1926, when a new highway called US Highway 66 opened between Illinois and California, few could have imagined its future cultural significance. Touted as the […]
30 December 2021

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The final days of the year is often a period when people choose take time off to see friends and family. In 2021, however, the Omicron […]
9 December 2021

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The Holiday Season is around the corner and the pace of our day-to-day responsibilities will hopefully start to slow down. We will have more time to […]
6 December 2021

5 books to gift to the travel lover in your life

Christmas is coming, that’s for sure. Temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter quickly and one look at you town square should suffice to tell […]
13 October 2021

Belgium has its own Hemingway story

Hot on the trail of D-Day soldiers bound for Germany, Ernest Hemingway’s dash through Belgium is not the stuff of bullfights or gallant tales of the […]
1 September 2021

Zimbabwean novelist announced as the next contributor to the Future Library in Norway

The Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, filmmaker and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga (born 4 February 1959) has been named as the eighth writer to contribute to the Future Library. […]
26 August 2021

Public library in Mechelen among the top 5 in the world

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8 July 2021

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What makes a summer read special? Is it our state of mind, relaxed and ready to immerse in something other than work? Is it like eating? […]
29 June 2021

10 of the best travel books

1. London Orbital by Ian Sinclair I’ve recently begun the Promenade Verte, a 60km trail around the outskirts of Brussels, taking in lovingly-tended guerrilla allotments and […]
23 April 2021

How are literary conferences adapting to the post-Covid world?

In the garden I stood holding up a T-shirt from the stall when I heard his voice. “Hey, you already bought two, leave some for me.” […]
23 April 2021

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23rd April is Shakespeare’s birth and deathday. It’s almost as if he had written it himself – the ultimate English Bard was born and died on […]
22 April 2021

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During the last year the book industry and the bookselling sector have suffered and struggled for survival as many other economic and cultural sectors. But this […]
14 April 2021

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Portugal is a country of unparalleled beauty. Besides this, according InterNations it ranks in first position for quality-of-life countries in Europe as well as third in […]
10 March 2021

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Booklovers know the pleasure of reading is not all about curling up with a hot drink in front of a flickering fire. Those first days of […]
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