Tuesday, 10 March 2020

The gala will be aired on radio by these stations: WDR 5, hr2, NDR Kultur, SWR 2, AntenneSaar, mdr Kultur, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Bayern 2.

To kick off lit.COLOGNE, WDR Funkhaus will once again become a place of pilgrimage for all audiobook fans as the German Audiobook Prize 2020 is awarded. Host Klaus-Jürgen Deuser is rolling out the red carpet: He will present the special award for lifetime achievement, which is only bestowed every other year, and honor prize winners in seven categories. The categories include best male and female …

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  • Tue. 10 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Thursday, 12 March 2020

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It all starts with the realization: Something in one’s life is not going right. Sleeplessness, brooding, stress, or perhaps a touch of madness? Thank goodness there are therapists and psychiatrists to help us if we allow ourselves to be helped. Many writers have consulted psychologists, marriage counsellors, analysts, family systems therapists – and paid them literary tribute. Today, Maren Kro…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn - Schiff legt ab!

Am Anfang steht die Erkenntnis. Man kommt nicht mehr so angenehm durchs Leben. Schlaflosigkeit, Grübeleien, Stress, ein wenig Wahnsinn? Wie gut, dass es Therapeuten und Psychiater gibt, die uns unterstützen, wenn man sich denn helfen lässt. Zahlreiche Schriftsteller*innen haben Unterstützung gesucht bei Paartherapeuten, Analytikerinnen, Familienaufstellern. Und ihnen ein literarisches Andenken ers…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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Esther’s family have returned to her father’s old hometown in East Germany to help the community build a new Kingdom Hall. While her parents go door-to-door to proselytize as special pioneers of the Watchtower Society, Esther sorely misses her old life in the West. In No Part of the World, Stefanie de Velasco (“Tiger Milk”) tells her own story. She writes about growing up in the Jehovah’s Witness community…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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Free admission. Tickets are available at the Zeitungsgruppe Köln service center, on dec. 7th from 10 o'clock, Breite Straße 72. Maximum two tickets per person. Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1945, the Protestant theologian and resistance fighter Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed at Flossenbürg concentration camp on the personal orders of Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer’s letters and writings from the …

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Kölner Dom
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James Baldwin was born in New York City in 1924 and died in 1987 in the south of France. He was and is many things: one of the most significant and honored writers of the 20th century. An icon of equality for all, regardless of skin color, sexual orientation or background. For far too long, his books were out of print in German-speaking countries. In 2018, publisher dtv began reprinting Baldwin’s w…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Friday, 13 March 2020

from 14 years

What will the future be like? Will we be overwhelmed by the climate catastrophe? Or will we manage to make a major transformation? We are at a crossroads. Politicians, business and civil society must all take action. In The End of Climate Crisis: A Story of Our Future, Fridays for Future activist Luisa Neubauer and political economist Alexander Repenning bring together theory and practice. For we…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium
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Free admission. Live in WDR5 and as live stream video here: wdr5.de/Live from 2-7 a.m.

Red is the color of love and the color of aggression. Green stands for hope and nature, yellow for sunshine and cowardice. Colors have a very powerful symbolism, also in literature. And sometimes the names of the colors themselves are pure poetry: Sapphire blue. Bordeaux red. Honey-colored. Mauve. Literature fans from across the country have shown their “true literary colors” to WDR 5 by sharing a f…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 22:00
  • WDR Funkhaus
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Saturday, 14 March 2020

It’s a word we encounter without a second thought: loss. But how complex is the effect or the sense of losing something? Perhaps it is an ability that declines, such as seeing or walking, or the loss of one’s surroundings or house, somewhere familiar where one could live free of fear. How can we understand the experience of loss? Do we lose a person or thing just once, or does the grief accompany us …

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 17:00
  • Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 1
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English German

“A brave book about a brave soul” (J.M. Coetzee) In Girl, Edna O’Brien tells of the fate of one of the girls abducted by Boko Haram. For the project, she conducted extensive research in Nigeria. It is a novel about the subject to which she has dedicated her life: violence against women and their ability to overcome it. O’Brien, born in west Ireland in 1930, became a globally renowned author with her deb…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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sign language

This is the most important dinner of Franziska’s life. Her career depends on it, and her career is not going as planned. Well, at least everything’s fine in her marriage. … Or is it? In the fast-paced and fantastically funny Rate, wer zum Essen bleibt [“Guess Who’s Staying for Dinner”], Philipp Tingler depicts five days and two dinners with Felix and Franziska. Uninvited guests help to bring issues to t…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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Sunday, 15 March 2020

English German

Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her brilliant novel “Olive Kitteridge”. The mini-series based on the book, starring Frances McDormand as Olive, won eight Emmys. Now, the retired teacher is back in Olive, Again. There is not a lot going on in Crosby, a small town on the coast of Maine, but the stories of the people who live there encompass the entire world. A literary gem. Hos…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 17:00
  • Brunosaal
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Four girlfriends spend what seems like a never-ending summer on the Atlantic coast of France. The future lies before them like a promise. Years later, they recognize that their paths in life had been determined long before. In the breathtakingly emotional novel Unsere glücklichen Tage [“Our Happy Days”], author Julia Holbe writes about love and friendship, happenstance and fate, guilt and betr…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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English German

A girl is found dead in the forest near a village in northern Sweden in 1852. It appears she was the victim of a bear attack. Only Laestadius, a preacher and avid botanist, and a young Sami boy named Jussi are skeptical of the bear story … Following his hit “Popular Music from Vittula”, Mikael Niemi is back with To Cook a Bear. In this riveting tale full of humor, he tells of illusion and reality and t…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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Russian German

Tatjana ist über neunzig und vergesslich. Alexanders Leben liegt in Scherben. Die alte Dame erzählt dem Nachbarn ihre Lebensgeschichte, die das ganze russische 20. Jahrhundert umspannt. Langsam erkennen die beiden im anderen das eigene gebrochene Herz wieder und schließen einen Pakt. Comedian und Drehbuchautor Sasha Filipenko (Jg. 1984) legt mit Rote Kreuze eine Geschichte vor, die uns ebenso zu…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Brunosaal
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Monday, 16 March 2020

from 14 years

French German

Ophelia hasn’t seen Thorn for nearly three years. Following his sudden disappearance, she had to leave the Pole and return to Anima. But one day she sets off in secret ... With The Memory of Babel, Christelle Dabos continues her successful fantasy series The Mirror Visitors. “Fabulously written, unbelievably imaginative and full of humor” (Die Presse). “Masterful” (Deutschlandfunk Kultur). Host: Tobias Go…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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A father traveling with his son, back to the hilly countryside where he grew up. The trip is overshadowed by the fate of their male ancestors, who all committed suicide: “Great-grandfather, grandfather, father. Drowned himself, shot himself, hung himself.” In Serpentinen [“Serpentines”], the narrator of Bov Bjerg’s incredible novel has to navigate these dangerous roads. A precise and audacious tale of o…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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English German

This event brings together authors from North-Rhine Westphalia and the rest of the world! Because, as we’ve always known: Tout le monde ♥ NRW. In Der Empfänger [“The Receiver”], author Ulla Lenze has written a spectacular novel about her great-uncle who emigrated to New York in the 1920s and, owing to his amateur radio hobby, was later recruited by the Nazis. “In clever scenes and wonderful details, s…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Brunosaal
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Polish German

With “White and Red”, Dorota Masłowska produced a literary sensation in 2002. Her new novel, Inni ludzie [“Other People”], is a dazzling and provocative analysis of life’s dramas and daily routines in Warsaw: Kamil, who dreams of becoming a rapper, still lives with his mother. He is being seduced by Iwona, who is in an unhappy marriage with Maciej. And Kamil, unknowingly, is selling drugs to Maciej. Th…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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For him, soccer is more than a sport: It is a mirror of society, politics and life – his own life, too. In Unter den Stollen der Strand [“The Beach Under the Soccer Cleats”], Daniel Cohn-Bendit tells a humorous and dynamic tale of his passion for a generous and offensive soccer game. Yet he also talks about his eventful life on the barricades in Paris in May 1968 (“Dany le Rouge”) and the following…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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English German

Three women and one man. Two experts in the German language and two virtuosos of English. Four poets who pursue natural phenomena with unique language and unflagging originality, turning the apparently familiar world around us into something amazing. Marion Poschmann (born in 1969) presents her anthology, Nimbus, whose title draws together cloud cover and halo, shade and glory. In Schiefern…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Angela Winkler is a theater and film icon. She has worked with director such as Peter Zadek, Peter Stein and Robert Wilson and played roles such as Katharina Blum, Hamlet and Ines Kahnwald in the Netflix series “Dark”. In this book, we get to know her as an exceptional woman who marches to the beat of her own drum and meets the pressures of life with as much independence of mind as possible. In My …

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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French German

Don’t turn the other cheek! A Christian reformer becomes a leading figure for farmers in revolt, the disenfranchised and society’s losers. In his newest book, The War of the Poor, the great writer and Prix Goncourt winner Éric Vuillard (“The Order of the Day”) explores peasant uprisings and the utopist and theologian Thomas Müntzer. Vuillard creates a brilliant literary tribute to this exception…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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With GRM Brainfuck, author Sibylle Berg wrote one of the most important books of the decade. In breathtaking prose she described young people in the shadow of an affluent society. This is now supplemented by Nerds retten die Welt [“Nerds Save the World”], which shows the way to GRM or orchestrates it in a certain way. Here, Berg talked to scientists from the fields of artificial intelligence, neu…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

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English

For gourmets, the name “Oud Sluis” has a mythical quality. No one would ever have heard of the sleepy village near Cadzand if Sergio Herman had not one day decided to take over his father’s restaurant. The self-taught chef created one of the world’s most popular foodie meccas. He cooked his way to three Michelin stars, was one of the few chefs to receive 20/20 points in the Gault Millau and then he clos…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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At lit.COLOGNE Thomas Kapielski has given talks about hooks and performed with the Kreuzberg Nose Flute Orchestra. Now at last comes another novel! Kotmörtel [“Dung Mortar”]. Frowalt Hiffenmarkt from Grollstadt-Sauger, an upstanding sales rep peddling bathroom fittings, follows a strong urge to give speeches at train stations. Until one day, in a very silly manner, he ends up in prison, where he is i…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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German Englisch

Katya Apekina’s debut novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish was the surprise smash hit in the USA last year. A stirring and harrowing novel about two teenage sisters who are drawn into a maelstrom as a result of the separation of their parents and the psychiatric illness of their mother, which leaves everyone struggling for their own survival. And they are all obsessed with u…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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In his novel, Inniger Schiffbruch [“Intimate Shipwreck”], Frank Witzel grapples intensively with his father’s legacy. In constant doubt about the truth of his own memories, Witzel is an approachable and gifted narrator. Starting from the personal, he succeeds in capturing a snapshot of post-war society in the new West Germany. A personal family story becomes a tableau of society in the post-war years…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • LANXESS Hauptverwaltung | 19. Etage
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English German

Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows. When a boy from his school goes missing, Jai decides to find him. In Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Deepa Anappara writes about modern India, social and religious tensions, corruption and injustice. With powerful language, she weaves a real-life criminal case into a moving coming-of-age story. Hailed as “a brilliant debut” (Ian McEwan) and “st…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
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Following “Night Train to Lisbon”, Pascal Mercier has managed to produce another great philosophical novel. Das Gewicht der Worte [“The Weight of Words”] tells the story of Simon Leyland, who is so fascinated by languages that he begins to learn all the tongues spoken around the Mediterranean. From London, he follows his wife to Trieste, where she has inherited a publishing house. He believes this ci…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Gebärdensprache

The new book by Torsten Sträter is made completely of wood, but funnier than a sideboard. In Es ist nie zu spät, unpünktlich zu sein [“It’s Never Too Late to Be Unpunctual”], the man with the wooly hat covers every topic imaginable: the power of relaxation, vacation in Namibia and Botswana, raising children, sex, bratwurst, disappearing bouncy balls, the healing power of music and the father of thought.…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 21:00
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English German

Briton Nigel Slater is the food journalist in his homeland. For over 20 years he has written successful columns and books on food, filmed a variety of cooking shows and produced some wonderful writing. His reflections on the most wonderful minor matter in the world are always miniature literary masterpieces. Greenfeast: Spring, Summer, the first of two volumes on vegetarian cooking, is no…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
  • 21:00
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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Whether punk, Neue Deutsche Welle, techno or electropop, Inga Humpe is one of Germany’s most innovative musicians. For 20 years, she has been creating a very unique sound with the band 2raumwohnung. In We Met in a Garden, she invites us into her universe through song lyrics, photos and stories of her childhood in a small town in the Sauerland region, from which she later set out for the West B…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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A match lasts sixty minutes and you’re not allowed to play with your feet. Handball is non-stop action, tough but fair, fast-paced and real. Today we bring together Heiner Brand, who won world championships as both a player and national team coach, and UEFA Champions’ League winner Pascal ‘Pommes’ Hens as well as handball rock star Stefan Kretzschmar (Hölleluja! Warum Handball der absolute Wahnsinn…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Filmmaker and author Axel Ranisch and actor Devid Striesow are classical nerds. Not to mention friends and music fans. Classical music weaves its way through their lives. They love the stories behind the works, the quirks of the composers and their eccentric adventures in historical garments. They love the power of the orchestra, the emotions, the contrasts, the delusions of grandeur, the sound…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal
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The 100 Most Important Works of World Literature as chosen by Denis Scheck represent a canon for modern day readers that pointedly rejects restrictions such as genre or language barriers. And, of course, the list includes children’s books! From Ovid to Tolkien, from Simone de Beauvoir to Shakespeare, from W. G. Sebald to J.K. Rowling: In his usual charming, eloquent and clever way, Scheck tells u…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 20:15
  • Mayersche Buchhandlung am Neumarkt
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Gebärdensprache

Living in the forest, without a home, always on the run: This is the only life that Cayenne and her brother Joshua know. Only their leader knows why they are here and what danger they are in. He lives with them on the fringes of society, relentlessly drilling them. Cayenne longs for a normal life as a teenager ... Until the sudden appearance of the man who wants to kill her. Draussen [“Out T…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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French German

In her new novel, prize-winning author Delphine de Vigan honors the people who deserve our gratitude. Such as neighbor Michka, who stood by Marie during her difficult childhood. Now Michka is old and has to move into a retirement home. Marie takes care of her and helps Michka search for a couple to whom the elderly woman owes her life. The Gratitudes tells of what remains at the end: affection,…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 21:00
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Which literary character pulled out another character’s teeth? What does Thomas Bernhard have against literary prizes? How many people appeared in the 91 novels and short stories written by Balzac? Do you know the answer? Fantastic! Show us your stuff! A++ Then you can be the erudite member of the audience called on to help out your favorite team – made up of either the authors Adriana Altaras and…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Author, aristocrat, communist, Catholic, vehement opponent of Nazism, and exile: Hermynia Zur Mühlen was a one-of-a-kind phenomenon in 20th-century German-language literature. “This author would be more famous and more widely read if the world had any sense. She was an enchanting and entertaining writer. It is a pleasure to read her work, whether political provocation or elegant mockery,” wrote Südd…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Gebärdensprache

Stadiums are full, viewing figures are good, and yet there’s a widespread feeling that people are tired of soccer. Some spectators are turning away due to the commercialization of the game, people are exasperated by the German national team, and amateur soccer feels it’s been left behind. But what’s actually going wrong? The new president of the German Soccer Association (DFB), Fritz Keller, must find …

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Gürzenich Köln
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Ach, Virginia! [“Oh, Virginia!”] is a literary portrait of a great author. Michael Kumpfmüller imagines the last 10 days of Virginia Woolf’s life. He paints a picture of a woman falling apart, who goes deep within herself to find a world full of horror but also wonder. Among the women of her era, Woolf stands out for waging a battle for independence and an unmistakable voice that influences litera…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • LANXESS Hauptverwaltung | 19. Etage
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Following his novel “Kruso”, which won the German Book Prize, Lutz Seiler creates a panorama of the post-reunification years in East and West Germany in Stern 111 [“Star 111”]. The story is told from the perspective of parents who leave the GDR two days after the wall comes down. They also leave behind their adult son, whose life is turned upside down by their flight. A road trip that shows us the fir…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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In Ich an meiner Seite [“Me at My Side”], Bachmann Prize winner Birgit Birnbacher’s protagonist is Arthur, who has spent 26 months in prison and is now hustling his way back into life with the help of an unconventional therapist and the glamorous Grazetta. A sophisticated book! That opinion is shared by our esteemed author Feridun Zaimoglu, who is here as a mentor to the celebrated young writer. The t…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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Commissario Morello, known as Der freie Hund [“The Unleashed Dog”], is on the Mafia’s hit list. For his own protection, he is posted to Venice. He hates the city as soon as he sets eyes on it. Too many people, dirty water and cruise ships polluting the air. The murder of the head of a citizens’ movement draws Morello deep into a web of politics and crime. Wolfgang Schorlau (Dengler crime novels) and Cla…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Friday, 20 March 2020

Spanish German

“I write because I’m unhappy. I write because it’s a way of fighting unhappiness”, says Literature Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. His latest novel Fierce Times is about a CIA-backed military coup in Guatemala in 1954, whose consequences ripple to this day. The chronicler of Latin America has created a masterful polyphonic epic novel about power, conspiracy and betrayal – about the brazen machinati…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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English German

Anne Enright’s novel “The Gathering” won the Man Booker Prize, propelling the author to global stardom. Her latest novel, Actress, is about fame, power and a daughter’s quest to uncover the dark secrets of her mother, a celebrated actress who made it from the village stages of Ireland all the way to Hollywood. Host: Bernhard Robben; German text: Anja Laïs

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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Ja, Zefix! Can you believe it? Village police officer Franz Eberhofer is celebrating ten years of service this year! It all began with “Winter Potato Dumplings” and “Steam-Bread Blues”, then things snowballed and Rita Falk’s crime novels set in rural Bavaria are now not only on every bookshelf but also on screen. Together with Christian Tramitz, she takes us on a journey into deepest Lower Bavaria i…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Sparkasse KölnBonn / Rotunde
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Italian Englisch

It took Benito Mussolini six years to become the most influential politician in Italy, to anchor fascism as a theory of the state and establish an authoritarian regime. Antonio Scurati’s epic M: The Son of the Century is a reflection of European history – and a warning against the return of fascism in Europe. “The novel that Italy has been waiting for decades. A masterpiece” (Roberto Saviano). German …

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 19:30
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Ancient Chinese sex manuals claimed that female ejaculate might have the power to make one immortal. In ancient India, there were descriptions of the exquisiteness of lotus juice. It was only much later that female ejaculate disappeared from view and therefore supposedly from the bedroom, too. But did it really? Author Stephanie Haerdle takes us on a journey through the centuries in Spritzen.…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 20:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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In 2018, a European debate flared up about the return of African cultural heritage now located in French museums. Reportedly, 90 percent of these objects are held outside of Africa. Bénédicte Savoy, an advisor to Emmanuel Macron and an art historian at TU Berlin and Collège de France, will join migration researcher and author Mark Terkessidis (Whose Memories Should Prevail?) for a discussion of hi…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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Saturday, 21 March 2020

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She became a global literary star with “The Tiger’s Wife”. And now in Inland, Téa Obreht tells a devastatingly magnificent, epic tale from the heart of the American West. A great drought scorches the countryside and Nora’s husband has gone off in search of water, while the US Army tests out a new form of transportation with its Camel Corps. In this brilliantly vivid novel, Obreht portrays a dazzling…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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It’s 1985 in Boystown, Chicago, and Yale Tishman, a young development director at an art gallery, is still completely unaware that a virus will soon tear through the lives of him and his friends. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai is the first novel to trace the history of AIDS from its beginnings to the present day. It is a breathtaking panorama, masterfully told. A finalist for the Pulitzer P…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Brunosaal
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