This is a pretty cool international project: citybooks is all about stories on cities (you probably guessed that one already…). At citybooks they offer you free downloadable literary podcasts, e-books, and webtexts in English, French and Dutch. About? About interesting European cities like Graz, Chartres, Tbilisi, Utrecht, Charleroi, Oostende and Skopje. Cities you might know already but also cities you have absolutely no idea about.
The initiative for citybooks comes from the Flemish Dutch House deBuren. International authors and photographers are invited to particpate in a two week residency with one of the local partner organisations in European cities. The resulting citybook (stories, essays or poems) can be read, listened to and downloaded for free on the website of citybooks. The podcasts are also available via iTunes. For each city a photographer makes a series of 24 photographs, and a City One Minute video project gets made. Sounds mindblowing? It actually is! The 30 minute stories make you wander off, and the photos and the clean and modern website make you want to go travel to those unknown cities immediately. Plus, I like their map design very much!