Reading Transcultural Cities brings together, in the work of twelve international academics, theoretical and critical reflections on recent urban texts, with a special focus on transcultural exchanges. The global city, as site of transnational fluxes and internal exclusions, is shown here to intersect with regional, national and postcolonial dimensions. While many essays focus on European and North Atlantic geographies, all settings are inextricably linked with other geopolitical axes, neo/colonial routes or international displacements. City literature exposes the range of human experience behind these configurations, and critical approaches differ accordingly. The result is a dynamic interface of voices, texts and contexts, a portrait of cities as ambiguous places of belonging, desire, escape, memory, solidarity and (sometimes) enabling transcultural encounters: a record of shifting urban experiences, lived and expressed in dialogical contiguity.