Wednesday, 22 February 2012

German Lit in New Zealand

Did you know this year's guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair is New Zealand? Hooray! That means German bookstores will be flooded with antipodean writing come the autumn, with events galore to go with it. But it also means New Zealanders get a bit of extra literary love from German writers too.

The first exciting thing is the Temporary Literaturhaus in Wellington. It's just like a German Literaturhaus, combining book-related events for adults and children, only it's temporary and it's in Wellington. Watch out for all sorts of exciting things popping up, including my favourite Inka Parei. Plus you can catch the delightful Jenny Erpenbeck at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, on her own and on a panel discussing translation. From 9 March.

In terms of reading material, bloggers should go to An Aotearoa Affair - highlighting German and NZ writers in the run-up to the book fair. And everyone should get hold of Sport, issue 40 featuring 23 fantastic and amazing German-language writers translated into English and available from March.


sally said...

Very excited about Inka's visit and the Writers and Readers Festival. We're launching "Sport" at the Festival, just before my fabulous co-editor Fergus Barrowman jets off to Leipzig with some fine Kiwi writers. If you're going to Leipzig this year, look out for Elizabeth Knox, Paula Morris, Ben Sanders, Antonia Steeg, Kyle Mewburn, Jenny Pattrick, Barbara Ewing, Damien Wilkins and Kate Camp (who is currently on a residency in Berlin, so you can also catch her there!).

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