UNESCO's City of Literature programme is part of the wider Creative Cities Network.
The Network was launched in 2004, and now has member cities in seven creative fields: Literature, Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Media Arts, and Music.
There are thirty-nine Cities of Literature, spanning twenty-eight countries and six continents.
Twenty-four of the represented cities are European, seven are Asian or Middle Eastern and three are North American. Oceania is represented by two cities, while Africa and South America have one designated city each.