Germany is a book country: With around 94,000 titles published or re-published annually, it is one of the world’s leading book nations. The International Frankfurt Book Fair, which is held every October, is still the international publishing world's meeting place, while the smaller Leipzig Book Fair in the spring has also made a name for itself as a reading festival for the general public. Since reunification, Berlin has established itself as a literary center and international city of publishing, from which exciting big city literature is emerging, the likes of which Germany has not experienced since the end of the Weimar Republic. The annually bestowed German Book Prize honors the best novel of the year.
Fifty years after his death on August 9, 1962, interest in the German-Swiss author Hermann Hesse, winner of the 1946 Literature Nobel Prize, remains high. What is it that makes the writer of "Siddhartha" and "Steppenwolf" so popular around the world?
Karl May, who died 100 years ago on March 30, 1912, influenced like no other novelist the European popular imagination of the American Wild West and the American Indian.
German author Herta Müller this month makes her first visit to the United States in a decade on the occasion of PEN World Voices and a US tour featuring discussions and readings from "The Hunger Angel" (Metropolitan Books), the new translation by Philip Boehm of her 2009 novel, "Atemschaukel."
Hear a selection of poems in German by famous German poets on the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter!
Because German readers simply can't get enough of crime novels, regionalist authors are racing with each other to write murder stories in which one thing is never lacking: local color!
It was a refuge for Lion Feuchtwanger and a meeting place for German and American intellectuals. Today, Villa Aurora continues this tradition: as a residence for transatlantic cultural interchange.
The Villa Aurora
Fairy tales – from the classics recorded by the Grimm Brothers to modern takes such as “The Neverending Story” or the “Inkheart” trilogy – still captivate readers of all ages. The largest festival for fairy tale enthusiasts takes place annually in Berlin.
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