“Quite groggy and very happy”: An account of the first months in the Literaturhaus under the new dual leadership of Janika Gelinek and Sonja Longolius

Gesa Stedman and Sandra van Lente asked the two new directors of the Literaturhaus in an interview about their experiences with the Literaturhaus’ new concept: whether it has worked so far to engage the whole house in Fasanenstraße in their events, to open up their focus to incorporate European literature […] Read more

Independent Bookshop Week 2018

Im Vereinigten Königreich drehte sich vom 16. bis zum 23. Juni 2018 alles um den unabhängigen Buchhandel (ok, ein bisschen Brexit und Fußball war sicherlich auch dabei…): gefeiert wurde die Independent Bookshop Week! Und hier auch gleich schon eine Aktualisierung: Während ich bei der ersten Version dieses Textes noch nicht […] Read more

Catching up on African literature: WiM in Berlin

WiM stands for “Writing in Migration”, the first African literature festival in Germany. It took place last week at the Babylon in Berlin. It was organised by the literary agency InterKontinental and curated by Olumide Popoola. Sandra van Lente attended two of the events and wrote a short report for […] Read more

Kann man eine Lüge dichten? Thekla Dannenbergs Bericht von der Leipziger Buchmesse

Kann man eine Lüge dichten? Thekla Dannenberg fasst ihre Eindrücke von der Leipziger Buchmesse zusammen, die von der Debatte um rechte Verlage, aber auch von Copyright-Fragen und den Überlebenschancen kleiner Verlage bestimmt war.  Wie schon in Frankfurt war auch die Buchmesse in Leipzig von der Debatte um rechte Verlage geprägt. […] Read more

Writing in Migration – Berlin’s First African Literary Festival

With this short post Sandra van Lente would like to draw your attention to the literary agency InterKontinental and the festival its founders organise this April: “Writing in Migration”. Let me start with “Writing in Migration”. The festival celebrates African literature and takes place 26-28 April at the Babylon in […] Read more

British Council Literature Seminar in Berlin 2018 Writing Gender: Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity 25 – 27 January

Same chair, same location, same organisers. Still – hot! Jessica Fischer enjoys the readings and discussions with authors from the UK at the British Council Literature Seminar and feels fortified by the liberating energy that this event generated in all its diversity. The British Council invited writers and readers, professionals […] Read more