Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 International Literature Festival Berlin

The 2015 internationales literaturfestival berlin - International Literature Festival Berlin - is quickly approaching. This is one of my favorite literary events in the city. This year's lineup is spectacular and I regret not being able to go to all of the events that call to me.

Haus der Berliner Festspiel, where many of the events
will be held. Photo is from the 2013 internationales
literaturfestival berlin
On 2 September, Ai Weiwei and Liao Yiwu will discuss culture in China with Wolfgang Herles at the Berlin Philharmonic. Weiwei will be a guest professor at the Akademie der K├╝nste in Berlin this autumn.

The official dates of the festival are 9-19 September 2015. As per tradition, the opening day will be celebrated around the city as Berlin Liest -- featuring literary readings at bookstores throughout Berlin. I had the pleasure of reading at one of these last year, in the Friedrichshain location of Berliner B├╝chertisch.

This year's festival will include events on the themes of graphic novels, the art of literary translation, and cities of the future. There will even be a "Translator Competition" between competing translators of an early work by Don DeLillo that has never before been translated into German.

The full program can be found here.

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