The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with a free screening and discussion of “Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin,” with co-directors Paul Mitchell and Sarah Wallis, Monday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.  The event is free and open to all.

The documentary premiered nationally on PBS last year. Some of the greatest literary achievements of the 19th and 20th centuries were by Russian authors including Dostoyevsky's “Crime and Punishment,” Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” Gogol’s “Dead Souls” and Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,” to name just a few. But who are the Russian writers of today waiting to be discovered by the English-speaking world?

Hosted by actor, author and activist Stephen Fry, this film celebrates contemporary Russian authors as they carry on one of the world’s greatest literary traditions. Contemporary authors are interviewed in the film, with contributions from literary critics, publishers and peers. Excerpts from their recent works are brought to life by vivid animated sequences created exclusively for the film, with Fry providing dramatic readings in English.

Mitchell won a 2012 Peabody Award for the BBC/National Geographic television series “Putin, Russia and the West.” Since 1990, Mitchell has lived in the United Kingdom, producing award-winning films for the BBC, Channel 4, France Télévision and PBS, among others. Wallis is a Russian speaker and a published author with more than 20 years of documentary film experience, including eight years with the BBC.

This presentation is hosted by Belfast Free Library and offered as a free Camden Conference Community Event in anticipation of the 28th annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, Feb. 20 through 22. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit; email; or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or