A public talk by Irina Prokhorova “The Culture of Reading in Russia: Forecasts and Perspectives”

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Bersenevskaya embankment, 14, Moscow

2 June at 19.00 as part of the 3-day Future of the Word Forum, devoted to new perspectives on reading culture, the publishing industry and creative literary process in the UK and Russia.

Is reading simply a functional way of consuming information? Should it be regarded as a luxury: entertainment for the educated elite? Or is it fundamentally an educational activity: a special torture inflicted by parents on their children?  It is said that Russia no longer reads, yet the domestic book market is growing rapidly in new ways: through e-library subscriptions, mobile reading and innovative tools for self-publishing and promotion. Irina Prokhorova will explore what and how Russia reads, the perception of reading in Russian society and future possibilities.

Irina Prokhorova

Born in Moscow, Irina Prokhorova is a cultural historian, literary critic, editor and activist. In 1992 she founded New Literary Observer, which publishes more than 80 books a year on literary criticism, philosophy, history, cultural studies, contemporary prose and poetry. She hosts two live radio and TV programmes on pressing social and political issues. She is the co-founder of the Mikhail Prokhorov Charitable Fund, which supports the development of new Russian culture.