Summertime stories

Literature despite the weather! Be prepared for inside or riverside with our thrilling summer picks. Here are four great new books from Berlin authors – and one Berlin-related book from a lit superstar – you should pick up as soon as possible. more »

Jul 15, 2015 11:00 AM , , Culture

A miscommunication in conversation sparked musical artist and poet Sandra Sarala to write "Looking for Lago di Lecco," a book that explores suffering, death, and all kinds of love. There will be a special performance at the launch party. more »

In her new book, 75F – Ein Buch über wahre Größe (75F – A Book About Real Sizes) Annika Line Trost, one half of electro-punk duo Cobra Killer, talks about growing up with size 75F breasts... no, really. more »

The acclaimed Scottish author of Trainspotting fame comes to Berlin for the German release of his dark new Miami Beach book, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Berlin author Nagel will be moderating and reading the German version of the text. more »

British author Marshall will be reading from recent publication Nowhere Slow, a collection of poems, plays, novellas and more – and also from his memoir Berlin Bromley, which recollects the 1970s beginnings of the punk scene in London. more »

American author Joseph S. Pulver is at the forefront of weird fiction, a speculative genre focused on horror and fantasy. He gives a talk about his own writing and weird fiction in general at Neukölln's Topics. more »

English author Sadie Jones premieres her new book, Fallout, a tale of tangled friendships and betrayals in the theater scene of 1970s London. Austrian actor Robert Stadlober will read the German text. more »

Catch celebrated British author Ian McEwan while he presents his latest work, The Children Act in Berlin. more »

Berlin's new vaudeville salon premieres a monthly variety show with pianist Señor Depressivo's consolation for the broken hearted, Gerd Schönfeld's reading of Prenzlauer Berg tales, neo-burlesque torture artist Missa Blue, vintage grooves, and more. more »

Documenting childhood and youth in the GDR and the Mauerfall through graphic art, the comic exhibition hosts guests Reading Panels from Dresden, as well as a book reading and signing. Through Nov 22. more »

A group of children describe their relationship to the adult world, addressing it: “you wash us, you dress us, you tell us stories” – a list of statements about adults and the power that they have over children. more »

Alongside this month's International Literature Festival, Greek author Amanda Michalopoulou reads from her intriguingly titled novel and a collection of short stories. The event is free, so despite the title, best friends are welcome. more »

2014 marks 20 years since South Africa's first democratic elections. Via poetry, symposia, music and film, HKW invites discussion about the successes and challenges that come with the transition to a democracy in South Africa and beyond. more »

Sandra Bell and Sandra Sarala are two Kiwi poets, who met as two Berliners. For one night they reunite for an intimate evening of poetry, music, friendship and some ritual victuals. St George’s will be serving up their legendary wine and beer too! more »

Agh! Real monsters? Shakespeare & Sons hosts a children's workshop with a Joachim Trapp's Monsters in Berlin. The workshop offers both reading and drawing sessions for your brats to explore and create their own Berlin-based monster adventures. more »

Deborah Jeanne Weitzman will be giving readings from her book Pandora Learns To Sing which strives to shed light on the cure to depression, anxiety and broken relationships. Hippy-esque musical performances in the same vein will also be on the cards. more »

Hagen Stoll's career has been nothing if not varied- youth Tischtennis champion, rapper, emotional rocker, author. He reveals another of his not-inconsiderable facets, treating us to an unplugged set and reading from his autobiography So Life Feels. more »

An open mic night for writers: join the Shakespeare crew at their first monthly event where writers of any bent are welcome to read out their works in progress. Participants can read anything for seven minutes until the egg timer goes ding-ding. more »

This award-winning Cuban-American writer's work studies the difficulties involved in navigating social and linguistic barriers. Here, she reads aloud from her new novel-in-progress Magic City Relic, which explores the immigrant experience. more »

Alan Weisman, professor and journalist, lucidly describes how we are heading towards environmental disaster in his newest book. Here, he discusses our options for survival with Reiner Klingholz of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development. more »