“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

Passion and Politics – Ocelot, Not Just Another Bookstore

Our interview partner for today’s Literary Field Kaleidoscope post is Maria-Christina Piwowarski who runs “ocelot, not just another bookstore” with her team. She runs this exceptional bookshop in the heart of Berlin with an infectious passion, an amazing knowledge of all things bookish, and a political compass that I wish […] 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

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

Dead Ladies – Very Much Alive!

You can complain about the sad fact that women and their achievements are underrepresented in mainstream media as well as school and university curricula and public events – or you can do something about it and initiate change. A team of three committed Berliners chose the latter and created “The […] Read more

Public Reading with Nikesh Shukla – “being real and textured and nuanced and honest and sad and funny and heartbreaking and angry and knowledgeable”

The Literary Field Kaleidoscope and the Centre for British Studies invite you to a public reading with author and activist Nikesh Shukla, chaired by Musa Okwonga. The reading and discussion will take place on 14 November, 5pm, at the Centre for British Studies in Berlin (Mohrenstr. 60, U-Bahn Stadtmitte or […] Read more

“We believe in more good books, good bookshops with good booksellers and customers who appreciate this” – Interview with an Independent Bookseller in Berlin

Gesa Stedman interviewed Friederike Zöllner, owner of the bookshop Buchlokal in Berlin-Pankow, for the Literary Field Kaleidoscope. The German version of the interview is available via this link (German pdf), an English pdf file here (link to English pdf). When and why did Buchlokal first open? Which core areas does […] Read more

The Arrogance of the “Hybrid” Intellectual – A Review of Broken German by Tomer Gardi

Gesa Stedman has little patience for a recent publication written in ‘migrant’s German’, attempting to playfully overcome the current German angst about too many refugees and the cultural and social changes these might bring. A series of urban vignettes centring on Radili and his friends with different ‘multicultural’ backgrounds as […] Read more