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Initiative for the promotion of the International Mountain Day 2015 – Friday 11 December 
”Reading mountains“ was an initiative of the German Presidency of the Alpine Convention 2015-2016 and the Permanent Secretariat in the scope of the International Mountain Day 2015. The idea was to initiate events dedicated to reading Alpine literature in various places around the Alps on International Mountain Day (11 December). The goal of the initiative was to promote modern Alpine literature and Alpine Culture which is an essential part of the Alps as we know them. Each organization participating in the initiative chose the alpine literature for its event. 
Thanks from the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention;
International Mountain Day 2015! Almost 100 events, numerous local partners, thousands of people involved! An amazing day of literature from the Alps! Literature that moved us, made us think, made us smile and laugh, impressed us and showed us the value of life in our region. I was personally struck with the enormous diversity of our cultural heritage: the many stories, the essays, the poetry and above all, the many different languages. Not only were the four official languages of the Alpine Convention French, German, Italian and Slovene used in the events, but also a number of other Alpine languages like Ladino, Romansch, Provencal, Friulian, Occitan etc.
This linguistic and literary diversity is a richness we all should cherish!
I warmly wish to thank all those who contributed to the success of the Reading Mountains Initiative: the local partners, the many poets, authors, writers and storytellers, but also musicians, painters, photographers and also the German presidency of the Alpine Convention for their support.


Photo by: BMUB
(Harald Franzen)

Federal Minister Barbara Hendricks, president of the Alpine Conference
Interview on the occasion of International Mountain Day
(for Börsenblatt des Deutschen Buchhandels)

* English curtesy translation

Consult the non-exsausted draft list of books here.
Follow the events on social media (Facebook and Twitter): #ReadingMountains, #WeLoveMountains
Check out the events organized on the map below: