EUNIC Berlin institutes at the Leipzig Book Fair

23.-26.03.2017 | A number of EUNIC Berlin’s cultural institutes will once again be represented and hosting their own events at the Leipzig Book Fair. The fair is the biggest literary fixture of the spring and the EUNICs wouldn’t miss it. We introduce our members’ events for you on our homepage:


The Finnish Institute in Germany welcomes you to the Nordisches Forum in hall 4/C400 and invites you there to the following readings and discussions with authors:

23.3. 14.30 Riikka Pelo, Unser tägliches Leben (Our Everyday Life)
23.3. 15.00 Selja Ahava, Dinge, die vom Himmel fallen (Things that Fall from the Sky)
24.3. 12.00 Riikka Pelo, Unser tägliches Leben (Our Everyday Life)
24.3. 13.00 Art book presentation Karina-Sirkku Kurz, Ungleichgewicht
24.3. 13.30 Katja Kettu, Feuerherz
24.3. 16.00 Selja Ahava, Dinge, die vom Himmel fallen (Things that Fall from the Sky)
25.3. 14.30 Katja Kettu, Feuerherz

A night of Nordic readings on the 24.3. 19.00−24.00 at Werk II, Kochstr. 132, 04277 Leipzig, with amongst others Selja Ahava, Katja Kettu and Riikka Pelo. Please enquire regarding admission!

Selja Ahava, the winner of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature, presents her book which deals with destiny’s unpredictable moods. In Feuerherz the Finnish bestselling author Katja Kettu depicts the intertwined destinies of two women in north-eastern Europe. Riikka Pelo, winner of the 2013 Finlandia Prize deals in her novel with the story of the Russian poet Marina Zwetajewa and her daughter Ariadna who was born in 1912. Finally Karina-Sirkku Kurz presents with her work Ungleichgewicht an artistic discourse on the traits of eating disorders.


Istituto Italiano di Cultura Berlino

25.3. 14.00 Claudio Magris in German. A discussion with his translator und editor. In German. With Claudio Magris and Ragni Maria Gschwend. Moderator: Anna Leube

Nobody knows the work of an author better than their translator. In the case of Claudio Magris and Ragni Maria Gschwend, she may possibly even know it better than the author himself, as can be assumed from their intensive cooperation spanning many years and the numerous books of his she has translated. Ragni Maria Gschwend studied Italian and works as a translator, publisher and author in Freiburg. She has received several awards for her work, most recently the Deutsch-Italienischer Übersetzerpreis for her lifetime achievements. – Note: At 12.30 Claudio Magris will take a seat on the Leipzig Book Fair’s blue sofa.

Visit the Italian cultural institute in Berlin’s stall at D501 in hall 4 (in cooperation with CiCi).


Embassy of Portugal

23.3. 10.30–11.00 Patrícia Portela. Reading and discussion.
In October 2016 the author was writer in residence in Berlin, with a scholarship from the Embassy of Portugal/Instituto Camões. A discussion with her publisher Zeferino Coelho, who has also published José Saramago. Location: Forum International und Übersetzerzentrum, hall 4, stand C500

23.3. 11.00–11.30 Dulce Maria Cardoso. Reading and discussion.
The novel O Retorno tells the fascinating story of 15-year-old Rui, whose family like hundreds of thousands of other white families have to leave Angola after it gained independence from Portugal. Location: Forum International und Übersetzerzentrum, hall 4, stand C500

23.3. 12.00–12.30 Gonçalo M. Tavares. Reading and discussion.
Tavares surprises the reader with the diversity of books he has published since 2001 and the impressive number of national and international literary prizes he has received in such a short period. Location: Forum International und Übersetzerzentrum, hall 4, stand C500

23.3. 12.30–13.00 Dulce Maria Cardoso, Gonçalo M. Tavares and Patrícia Portela. Meet and greet and book signing. Location: stand of the Embassy of Portugal, hall 4, stand C402

23.3. 15.00–15.30 Fernando Pessoa. Poetry reading.
The Book of Disquiet is arguably the most famous work of the greatest Portuguese poet of the 20th century. As part of a joint initiative with the Casa Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon a selection of his poems will be read. Location: Botschaft von Portugal stand, hall 4, stand C402

23.3. 16.00–16.30 Uhr Mia Couto. Reading and discussion.
Born in Beira/Mozambique Mia Couto is one of the most famous authors in the Portuguese-speaking world. He works as a biologist and journalist, and his award-winning literary work is published in over 30 different countries. Location: Forum International und Übersetzerzentrum, hall 4, stand C500

23.3. 16.30–17.00 Mia Couto. Meet & greet and book signing.
Location: Botschaft von Portugal stand, hall 4, stand C402

23.3. 18.30–20.00 Portuguese-speaking authors in Leipzig:
Dulce Maria Cardoso, Patrícia Portela, Mia Couto, Gonçalo M. Tavares and Kalaf Epalanga. Reading and discussion.
What does it mean to write in a language? A publisher and five authors with diverse backgrounds present themselves and their work and talk about writing in Portuguese.
Location: Club Telegraph, Dittrichring 18.00 – 20.00, 04109 Leipzig

24.3. 10.00–11.00 Poetry from Portugal: Margarida Vale de Gato, Raquel Nobre Guerra and Miguel Cardoso. Reading and discussion.
New poetry from Portugal: three young poets that work at a university and as translators, publish collections of poetry and write for various periodicals and blogs.
Location: Forum International und Übersetzerzentrum, hall 4, stand C500

24.3. 11.00–11.30 Margarida Vale de Gato, Raquel Nobre Guerra und Miguel Cardoso. Meet & greet and book signing. Location: Botschaft von Portugal stand, hall 4, stand C402

24.3. 14.30–15.30 | 25.3. 11.00–11.30 See and read Lisbon; a literary guide to Lisbon. Patrícia Portela, Gonçalo M. Tavares and Kalaf Epalanga. Reading and discussion.
Lissabon sehen und lesen is the title of a new literary guide, in which 20 authors and 20 illustrators tell secret, utopian, nostalgic, imaginary and underground stories about Lisbon. Location: Botschaft von Portugal stand, hall 4, stand C402

24.3. 15.30–16.00 Patrícia Portela, Gonçalo M. Tavares and Kalaf Epalanga. Contributing authors to the literary guide Lissabon sehen und lesen. Meet & greet and book signing. Location: Botschaft von Portugal stand, hall 4, stand C402

24.3. 20.00 Niemerlang – Poetry especially for the Leipzig Book Fair. Margarida Vale de Gato, Raquel Nobre Guerra and Miguel Cardoso, Nico Bleutge, Safiye Can, Tom Schulz. Reading and discussion. Ort: Café Tunichgut, Kolonnadenstraße 5/7, 04109 Leipzig Zentrum

25.3. 10.30–11.00 The Angolan who Bought Lisbon (at Half the Price). Kalaf Epalanga. Reading and discussion.
The Angolan musician and author reveals himself to be a smart observer. His texts and reflections on everyday life as a musician are profound and unsentimental, and time and again they return to Angola and Lisbon. Location: Botschaft von Portugal stand, hall 4, stand C402


Slowakisches Institut

22.3. 19.00 Reading and discussion: Jana Juráňová. Location: Restaurant Sappho, Reichelstr. 1, 04109, Leipzig

23.3. 11.00–12.00 Reading and discussion: Jana Juráňová. Location: Forum OstSüdOst, Leipzig Book Fair, exhibition grounds
The Slovakian author reads from her books which have recently been translated into German Eine unerledigte Angelegenheit (Nevybavená záležitosť / Unsettled Business 2013, Wieser Verlag 2016) and Meine 7 Leben – Jana Juráňová im Gespräch mit Agnes Kalina (Mojich 7 životov. Agneša Kalinová v rozhovore s Janou Juráňovou / My 7 Lives. Agneša Kalinová Interviewed by Jana Juráňová, 2012, Gabriele Schäfer Verlag 2016). In attendance with her two translators, Ines Sebesta and Andrea Reynnolds, the audience will learn more about the origin and translation of the books.
Unsettled Business: The author, journalist and playwright (1957) tells the story of a young woman in an old portrait. My 7 Lives: the book describes the dramatic life story of journalist, editor and translator Agnes Kalina, born in 1926. A join event from the Centre for Information on Literature Bratislava (Literárne informačné centrum BA - www.litcentrum.sk) and the Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republic for Saxony and Thuringia in Leipzig.


Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin

22.3. 20.00 Book premiere Die letzte Metro. Junge Literatur aus Tschechien. Location: Horns Erben, Arndtstr. 33, 04275 Leipzig (entry fee: EUR 4.40)
How and where can you encounter young Czech literature? On the Prague metro perhaps? And are not Czech pubs still the ultimate inspiring location? The literary topos of chatting over a beer is just the starting point for a wild journey through the images, styles and voices of unconventional contemporary Czech literature. The work of eighteen authors is featured in the form of their stories, reading-stage texts and poetry, often translated into German for the first time. Three will be attending the book premiere in Leipzig: Tereza Semotamová and Michal Šanda from Prague, as well as Petr Hruška from Ostrava. They will be introduced by the volume’s publisher, its translator Martina Lis and the author and journalist Martin Becker. An event by the publisher Voland & Quist in cooperation with the Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin and with the friendly support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


March 23rd – 26th│ Neues Messegelände, Messe-Allee 1, 04007 Leipzig-Wiederitzsch │ Opening hours: daily 10.00−18.00 │ Entry: EUR 19, reductions EUR 17.50 (day ticket) │ www.leipziger-buchmesse.de