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ILB Blog: One for the books

As we wrap up this year's ILB, we reflect on our favorite moments and overall takeaways. more

Sep 18, 2017 4:00 PM , , The Berlin Blog

ILB interview: Charlotte Wood

Fresh off her 2016 Stella Prize for her novel, The Natural Way of Things, Australian author Charlotte Wood talked to us about Berlin, feminism, and the immersive power of fiction writing. more

Sep 16, 2017 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB interview: Madeleine Thien

Canadian author Madeleine Thien read from her award-winning book "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" last night at the Berliner Festspiele. We chatted with her beforehand about Berlin, history and how one should not look at China. more

Sep 15, 2017 3:05 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB Interview: Edna O' Brien

We spoke to the grand dame of Irish letters, Edna O' Brien, who was at the lit fest yesterday presenting her novel "The Little Red Chairs", about influences on her work, the current state of literature and the "criminal act" of writing. more

Sep 15, 2017 2:20 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB Author Spotlight: Aris Fioretos

Aris Fioretos' wide ranging and illustrious literary career spans Swedish, German and English poetry, prose and translation. He speaks about his essay "Die Dichte Welt", which reflects on the suicide of a friend on Sep 15 at 18:00. more

Sep 15, 2017 1:55 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB Author Spotlight: Norman Ohler

After the publication of his controversial non-fiction book on drug use in the Third Reich, "Blitzed", German author Norman Ohler returns to his novelist roots with the launch of his latest novel "Die Gleichung des Lebens" (Sep 15, 21:00). more

Sep 15, 2017 12:20 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB Author Spotlight: Madeleine Thien

Canadian author Madeleine Thien reads from her Man-Booker Prize-nominated latest novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing on September 14, 21:00 at Berliner Festspiele. more

Sep 13, 2017 4:00 PM The Berlin Blog

The ILB Blog: Women on top at the Lit Fest

Tuesday night was ladies night, as we caught an ILB Special event on feminism featuring Singaporean author Amanda Lee Koe and the German/Indian journalist, cultural scientist and author Mithu Sanyal. more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB Interview: Xiaolu Guo

We caught up with internationally renowned author Xiaolu Guo at the International Literature Fest for a chat about language, filmmaking and the International Congress for Democracy at the ILB this weekend. more

Sep 12, 2017 5:00 PM The Berlin Blog

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ILB author spotlight: Tim Parks

Author and translator Tim Parks presents his latest novel "Thomas and Mary: A Love Story" about the gradual decline of a 30 year marriage on Sep 14, 19:30 at Berliner Festspiele. more

Sep 12, 2017 3:50 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB author spotlight: Amanda Lee Koe

Amanda Lee Koe discusses her first collection of short stories, "Ministry of Moral Panic", which explores the contemporary national identity of her native Singapore through a range of idiosyncratic characters and situations, on Sep 13 at 21:00. more

Sep 12, 2017 2:45 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB author spotlight: Charlotte Wood

Australian author Charlotte Wood will read from her last prize-winning novel "The Natural Way of Things", which has been dubbed a "masterpiece of feminist horror" (Sep 13, 18:00). more

Sep 12, 2017 2:30 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB author spotlight: Brian Castro

Hong Kong-born, Australian-based Brian Castro comes to lit fest with his latest novel "Blindess and Rage", a novel written in the unusual form of cantos, tracing the life of an Australian writer and town planner living in Paris. (Sep 13, 19:30). more

Sep 12, 2017 12:50 PM The Berlin Blog

The ILB Blog: Rapping it up

The weekend ended with a bang – and some insults – as the International Congress for Democracy drew to a close. more

Sep 11, 2017 5:00 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB author spotlight: Elnathan John

The Nigerian author, satirist and laywer launches his latest book "Born on a Tuesday", a bildungsroman which deals with the rise of radical Islam in northern Nigeria through the naïve, inquisitive eyes of its protagonist. (Sep 12, 18:00) more

Sep 11, 2017 3:15 PM The Berlin Blog

ILB author spotlight: Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed reads from her latest novel "The Orchard of Lost Souls", in which she uses the family as a prism for big power machinations in Somalia (Sep 12, 21:00, Berliner Festspiele). more

Sep 11, 2017 12:25 PM The Berlin Blog

The ILB Blog: Democracy rules

Saturday’s “Focus USA” panel, part of the International Congress for Democracy proceedings, was disappointingly homogenous in viewpoint, but the “A-Social Media" panel provided some lively debate. more

Sep 10, 2017 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog

The ILB Blog: The refugees not here

Festival head Ulrich Schreiber and Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa share insight into their project Refugees Worldwide. The book of the same name will be launched on Sun, 18:00 at Buchhändlerkeller. more

Sep 9, 2017 2:00 PM The Berlin Blog

The ILB Blog: Long, long night of democracy

The man of the hour was Edward Snowden, but many prominent writers and thinkers graced the ILB stage for the first day of the International Congress for Democracy. more

Sep 9, 2017 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

Literary darling and incendiary author Arundhati Roy returns to literature after 20 years with "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness". Our reporters were on the scene to witness her rapturous return. more

Sep 8, 2017 12:00 PM , The Berlin Blog

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