Alfred Pfoser, born 1952 in Wels, studied literature, history and journalism in Salzburg. From 1998 to 2007 he was Director of Vienna Public Libraries, from 2007 to 2016 Director of the printed materials collection and Assistant Director of the Vienna City Library. He has published numerous works on Austrian cultural and literary history. His most recently published book at Residenz Verlag: “Im Epizentrum des Zusammenbruchs. Wien im Ersten Weltkrieg” (2013). His current book, co-authored with Andreas Weigl and published by Residenz Verlag: “Die erste Stunde Null".