Friday, 13 December 2019

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Scientists agree that climate change has been caused by humans. The consequences include devastating forest fires, long periods of drought and heavier rainfall. With On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, Naomi Klein (“No Logo”) – one of the most renowned intellectuals of our time – has written her most important book to date. In light of the ongoing destruction of our environment and overly …

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  • Fri. 13 December 2019
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Monday, 20 January 2020

deutsch englisch

Er ist nicht nur der Autor großartiger Fiktion, er weiß auch der Realität ins Auge zu sehen und seine riesige Leserschaft zum Handeln zu motivieren. Mit dem Bestseller »Tiere essen« hat Jonathan Safran Foer weltweit Furore gemacht. Nun nimmt er sich erneut der Herausforderung unserer Zeit an: des Klimawandels. In Wir sind das Klima! nähert sich Foer diesem wichtigen Thema eloquent, überzeugend, sehr p…

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  • Mon. 20 January 2020
  • 19:30
  • Staatenhaus/Oper Köln
  • Sold out
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

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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    • Induktionsschleife
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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Herta Müller’s life has always provided material for her writing. She was born in Nițchidorf, Romania, in 1953. Her ancestors had originally come from Germany (Banat Swabians) and sent their children to German-language schools. She spent her childhood “without a homeland and unfree” among demoralized villagers, many of whom worked under the totalitarian Ceaușescu regime but had also not come to grips wi…

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  • Wed. 11 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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The 19th century revolutionized philosophy. While the bourgeoisie emerged from industrialization, the philosophers were losing ground. Scientists, in particular, were challenging philosophy. For Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, philosophy was not a science, but rather an attitude to life. In Be Yourself, Richard David Precht once again masterfully brings the history of philosophy to life.…

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  • Wed. 11 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Remainder tickets and 100 standing-room tickets available at the door

It has been 20 years since Elke Heidenreich officially opened the very first lit.COLOGNE at the premiere gala in the Philharmonie. These have been 20 wonderful years, but during this time, sadly, we have also had to say goodbye to many authors. And it is to those who have departed into the eternal night that we want to dedicate this anniversary gala. And so, NIGHT is the theme for this entire…

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  • Wed. 11 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Philharmonie
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Antisemitism never completely disappeared, but now it is becoming more visible and noticeable again across Germany. Yet the hatred of Jews being propagated is akin to hatred of people in general. Because, as George Tabori put it: “Everyone is someone!” Michel Friedman does not shy away from exposing the dimensions of this attack on human rights. We must confront this attack with ideas and con…

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  • Wed. 11 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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This event is in English.

English

Debbie Harry is a musician, actress and activist. Together with her band Blondie, she developed a new sound that melded the worlds of rock, punk, disco, reggae and hip-hop. Despite living in the limelight, she kept her inner life to herself – that is, until her recently released autobiography Face It. A sweeping portrait of a true icon. The wild 1970s in New York, when Blondie played alongside t…

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  • Wed. 11 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Thursday, 12 March 2020

In Kölsch dialect

Kölsch

When “Das Herz der Kölner – Eine Sprachcollage aus echt kölschen Tönen” [“The Heart of the Cologners – A Linguistic Collage of Authentic Kölsch Sounds”] was published at the beginning of the 1990s, another Cologne was revealed that exists in parallel with the one of narcissistic (half) truths. A Cologne that is at once funny and raw, dirty and warm. Gerd Köster and Arno Steffen are looking for Cologne dialect …

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

No late admission - the ship will depart!

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
  • Sold out
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Uwe Timm has been one of the leading lights in German literature for 50 years. No other author has so consistently combined narrative brilliance, personal experience and political consciousness in their work. On March 30, the great storyteller turns 80. His latest release is Der Verrückte in den Dünen. Über Utopie und Literatur [“The Madman in the Dunes. On Utopia and Literature”]. Uwe Timm talks with M…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Sign language

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
  • Tickets available
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung
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This event is in English.

English

Artist as activist – Ai Weiwei can’t imagine it any other way. Since childhood, the conceptual artist has been confronted with the subject of fleeing. He grew up as the son of a Chinese dissident in exile, lived in New York, went back to China and was arrested. His new book, Manifesto Without Borders, is not about numbers but about specific destinies. It’s a plea for humanity. Host: Kai Strit…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Please dress warmly! Temperature information: www.koelner-dom.de No guaranteed seats!

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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Kübra Gümüşay has long called for equal opportunities and respectful discourse. The video of her speech at the re:publica conference calling for “organized love” (as opposed to organized hate) went viral. In Sprache und Sein [“Language and Being”], she explores how language shapes our thinking and politics. She shows how people become invisible as individuals when they are always seen as part of a group. “A…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Stadtbibliothek
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Arabic German

Novels do not cause revolutions – but sometimes they become a beacon of revolution because they compress the pain of an entire people into a literary outcry. Mustafa Khalifa spent nearly 14 years in Syrian prisons, undergoing repeated torture. When he was released in 1994, it took another 14 years for him to publish his experiences in a haunting yet captivating report: a novel that was no f…

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 20:30
  • Stadtgarten
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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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op Kölsch

Als Anfang der 1990er „Das Herz der Kölner – Eine Sprach-Collage aus original kölschen Tönen“ erschien, war klar, dass es ein anderes Köln neben dem der selbstverliebten (Halb-)Wahrheiten gibt. Eines, das lustig und rau, schmutzig und herzlich zugleich ist. Gerd Köster und Arno Steffen suchen nach echtem und falschem Kölsch, in alten Texten, Liedern, Krätzjer und dem eigenen Umfeld, und stellen dabei fest: …

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  • Thu. 12 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Sold out
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Friday, 13 March 2020

sign language

When it comes to Friday the thirteenth, you can ignore the ominous date or blame it for your misfortunes. But what if we muster up our courage and confront the calamity? Mariele Millowitsch and Walter Sittler descend on our behalf into the cursed catacombs, encountering chainsaw-wielding serial killers, brothers bashing each other’s heads in, creepy clowns and ... no, wait, we won’t even dare to men…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Mit Freitag, dem 13., ist es so eine Sache: Man kann das Unheil verkündende Datum verdrängen oder eingetretenes Leid darauf zurückführen. Aber wie wäre es, sich dem Horror offensiv zu stellen? Mariele Millowitsch und Walter Sittler steigen für uns hinab in die Katakomben des Grauens und stoßen dort auf Serienkiller mit Kettensäge, Brüder, die sich die Köpfe einschlagen, unheimliche Clowns – aber auch a…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Sold out
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

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
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Englisch German

His first case, “1793: The Wolf and the Watchman”, was voted Sweden’s best debut thriller. Now Niklas Natt och Dag has released the follow-up: 1794. We readers are not the only ones who can’t wait to see what the unconventional investigator Mickel Cardell is up to this time. Best-selling author Arne Dahl is also a fan of the historical crime fiction series. He’ll be bringing along his latest work, Fri…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

No late admission - the ship will depart!

english german

At the World Economic Summit in Davos, the Dutch historian and star intellectual Rutger Bregman caused a stir with his clear demands. Calling for “taxes, taxes, taxes!” for the super-rich, he became the voice of a generation. In his new book, De meeste mensen deugen [“Most People Are Good”], he consolidates his ideas for creating a fairer society. Because most people are much less selfish than you thi…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
  • Tickets available
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Without seat guarantee

lit.ComingOfAge

A lit.ComingOfAge event Who am I? And what makes me who I am? Young people have always asked themselves these questions. Amid expanding options for defining gender and sexual identity, new questions are also being asked. How should one navigate the discourse of gender diversity? How do members of the LGBTQ+ community see the current developments in our society? Profex Drex of Gender Studies Lann…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
  • Tickets available
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

“Thought Tetris” – that's what Martin Bechler calls his songwriting method. Painfully moving and aptly grubby lyrics, telling stories of everyday life. Bechler heads Fortuna Ehrenfeld, a band which has long since ceased to be an insider tip: “Their sound captures the spirit of the age. Pure, real, slightly antisocial and deliciously honest” (MDR). Today Bechler offers us glimpses into how his songs, hi…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Tickets available
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    • Induktionsschleife

No late admission - the ship will depart!

English

This Event is in English. Since the early 1980s, Billy Bragg has been an indefatigable songwriter and political activist. His song “A New England” is a classic of British music history. In his essay, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, he proves himself to be a shrewd political analyst. He argues that liberty, equality and accountability are essential to defend our vulnerable democracy. A voice of rea…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
  • Tickets available
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French German

With “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, Thomas Piketty wrote one of the most influential nonfiction books of our era. Now, in Capital and Ideology, he unfolds a panorama of global economic history and presents fierce criticism of today’s politics as well as a brilliant concept for a new and fairer economic system. “Anyone who wants to talk about capitalism cannot ignore Thomas Piketty” (Handelsb…

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  • Fri. 13 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

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
  • Sold out
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    • Induktionsschleife
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Ingeborg Bachmann was born in Klagenfurt in 1926 and died in Rome in 1973. She was a star of lyricism, a philosopher, an opera librettist and a novelist. She was as tireless, incorruptible and uncompromising in love as in life, always close to the edge of the precipice. Her father was a Nazi, and when she met Paul Celan shortly after the war, she understood the deep chasm between the families of…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

No late admission - the ship will depart!

The great poet Mascha Kaléko once wrote: “Just like you, I want to drink fearlessly, in brotherhood with infinity”. For years, men boozed their way through literature, now the ladies get their turn. The evening will start off sober, with gender analysis and social criticism. Women and men in literature – who drinks more or less, better or worse, and what do the statistics actually mean? And meanwh…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
  • Tickets available
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn – Schiff legt ab!

„Kommt einmal meine Zeit, ganz wie du will ich dann furchtlos trinken Brüderschaft mit der Unendlichkeit“, schrieb die große Dichterin Mascha Kaléko. Jahrelang becherten sich die Männer durch die Literatur. Aber nun sind die Damen dran. Der Abend startet nüchtern. Genderanalytisch, gesellschaftskritisch. Frauen und Männer in der Literatur – wer trinkt mehr oder weniger, besser oder schlechter, und was sag…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility

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
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Ten years of the Silver Pig award (Silberschwein) and ten years of great literature. Each year we present to you the three most striking debuts of the spring. The winner gets to take home a splendid swine (pasture-raised, of course) filled with €2,222. Monika Schärer introduces us to three incredibly talented writers: In Der Hund [“The Dog”], Akiz tells the brutal and sensuous story of an except…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Sign language

How connected are we to nature these days? Peter Wohlleben is convinced that the strong tie between humankind and nature is still intact today, even if we are not always aware of it. Our blood pressure returns to normal when we are near trees; the color green has a calming effect; forests hone our senses, teaching us to smell, hear, feel and see. And, on the other hand, plants also react…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • Börsensaal der IHK zu Köln
  • Tickets available
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

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
  • Tickets available
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung
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He writes about his year as an exchange student in America, growing up on the grounds of a psychiatric clinic, his time at acting school and the tribulations of love. Joachim Meyerhoff is, above all, a great chronicler of the human experience. He is a precise observer of the tragedy of life, a gifted storyteller and, despite everything, incredibly funny. Today the actor and author will read his…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

English German

Two classics of underground literature! Dead Men’s Trousers by Irvine Welsh is the brilliant finale of his Trainspotting series: Mark Renton returns to the dirty streets of a small Scottish town. John Niven (“Kill Your Friends”), the other great voice of contemporary Scottish literature, will discuss the Trainspotting world with Welsh. This event brings together the greatest dirty and dazzling liter…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 1
  • Tickets available
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Venedikt is a sociable drunk. He boozes his way through Moscow, wanting to finally see the Kremlin, but never making it any further than Kursky railway terminal. Jostled by the sober people around him, he ends up on a train and, there too, soon finds his way to his fellow passengers reeking of alcohol. As they drink, they tell each other sad, crazy and tragicomical stories, full of political…

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  • Sat. 14 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

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
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Sign language

Following “Space Patrol”, Matthias Brandt proves his literary mettle once again. The characters in his novel Blackbird are unforgettable: Motte and his friend Bogi, the chimney sweep Steffi, lifeguard Elvis, Neanderthal Klaus and the social studies teacher Meinhardt. They, along with all the other characters, reveal to us the comedy and tragedy of life thanks to the artful storytelling of Mat…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 17:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

His adventure novels “White Fang” and “The Sea-Wolf” made him a legend. The settings of his books ranged from the Klondike to the South Pacific. But his path to becoming a celebrated author was arduous. As a child, Jack London had to work in a factory in order to help feed his family. As a young man, he became an illegal oyster pirate in the Bay Area. Eventually, Jack London became the world’s most succ…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 17:00
  • RheinEnergie Hauptverwaltung
  • Tickets available
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Seine Abenteuerromane „Wolfsblut“ und „Der Seewolf“ machten ihn zur Legende. Von Klondike bis zur Südsee erstrecken sich die Schauplätze seiner schriftstellerischen Werke. Dabei war sein Weg zum gefeierten Autor mühselig. Schon als Kind musste Jack London in einer Konservenfabrik arbeiten, um zum Familienunterhalt beizutragen. Als Jugendlicher verdingte er sich als illegaler Austern-Pirat in der Bay Ar…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 20:00
  • RheinEnergie Hauptverwaltung
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“When it comes to raising children I am as baffled as any other sensible person”, Christine Nöstlinger once wrote. And yet this children’s book author played a significant role in our upbringing. This is an evening for all those who, back then, wanted to spend every free moment reading the wise “Geschichten vom Franz” [“Tales of Franz”], for people who still call on their Rosa Riedl guardian ghost at times…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 17:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

No seat guarantee!

What do Till Lindemann, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Sven Regener, Miley Cyrus, Leonard Cohen and Suzi Quatro have in common? Writing. And, no, not songwriting! They write books. They are novelists, poets and chroniclers. In 2017, a committee in Oslo decided to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to a certain Bob Dylan. Conversely, writers often like to pick up a guitar…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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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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No late admission - the ship will depart!

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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Alfred Polgar, who was born in Vienna in 1873 and died in Zurich in 1953, is one of the best-known authors of Viennese Modernism. As an aphorist and critic, he was great at leaving things out. He was a master of the art of turning a hundred lines into ten. Instead of great affairs of state, he was interested in the “minor incidents” of life, in “minus adventures” and “alarming non-events”. In the 1920s, …

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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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
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London 2091. A journalist is shot to death on the street after researching artificial intelligence. A UN agent specializing in AI begins to investigate the case, and soon comes across the notorious Turing incident. Brimming with suspense, intelligent and ingeniously composed, best-selling author Tom Hillenbrand’s big new thriller Qube draws readers in with an inescapable allure. Host: Margarete v…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
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The 21st century is now two decades old and the contours of a new world (dis)order are becoming more discernible: the rise of China, the shift of the global political axis toward the Pacific, the USA an increasingly confused world power falling back into nationalism, Russia a frustrated nuclear power, Europe stagnating ... Since the decline of the USA as a stabilizing global power post-1989,…

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  • Sun. 15 March 2020
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Monday, 16 March 2020

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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
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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
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Sebastian Fitzek has been a best-selling author for about as long as lit.COLOGNE has existed. Perhaps that’s why he’s giving us this solo evening as an anniversary present. He was meant to become a lawyer, he even got a PhD in copyright law. But in 2000 he decided to pursue a career as a writer. His first psychothriller, “Die Therapie” [“Therapy”] was rejected no less than 13 times before being published b…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Germany, summer 2019: AfD has become one of the most popular political parties in eastern Germany and Chancellor Merkel is having trembling episodes. Ten years ago, Moritz von Uslar visited the small town of Zehdenick in the state of Brandenburg and wrote “On German Soil”. Now he returns for a four-month stay. Once again, he lets the stories come to him. It quickly becomes clear that nothing is the…

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  • Mon. 16 March 2020
  • 21:00
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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English German

It was through Commissario Brunetti and Venice that Donna Leon came to discover her passion for opera. During a performance at La Fenice, her companion furiously exclaimed: “I could kill the conductor!” She replied: “I’ll do it for you, but in a novel.” No sooner said than done: Unto Us a Son Is Given was published in 2019, the 28th case for Brunetti. An evening in honor of Brunetti, read by Barbara A…

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  • Tue. 17 March 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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During the Roaring Twenties she was the undisputed Queen of New York. Her sharp tongue and biting humor were legendary. In this sparkling biography, Another Martini and I’m Under My Host, Michaela Karl portrays the unconventional life of Dorothy Parker, discovering that behind the cynical façade, Parker was a sensitive woman on a quest to find happiness. Eva Mattes reads Parker’s sarcastic verses and …

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
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Dear lit.COLOGNE audience, you already know the work Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. This evening, we will expand the topics addressed in personal post to cover four essential themes: love, war, music and … cats! We will find out that Hollywood legend Jack Lemmon and his colleague and friend Walter Matthau jokingly planned to open a cat r…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
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Mit der Reihe Letters of Note – Briefe, die die Welt bedeuten sind Sie bereits vertraut, liebes lit.COLOGNEPublikum. Am heutigen Abend erweitern wir das Themenspektrum der persönlichenZeilen um vier existenzielle Felder: Liebe, Krieg & Frieden, Musik und ... Katzen! Wir erfahren, dass Hollywoodlegende Jack Lemmon mit seinem Kollegen und Freund Walter Matthau eine ertragreiche Katzenfellfarm pl…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
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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
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Are northern Germans really so standoffish and Tyrolians always jolly? Are the chalk cliffs of Rügen the embodiment of German Romanticism? In music, landscapes are often associated with programmatic content – “The Moldau” or Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6” – or they are assigned to a region through their musical idiom. Composers such as Beethoven, Brahms and Smetana repeatedly reported taking inspiration fr…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
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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
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English German

Anne Tyler, one of the “greatest living writers” according to the Guardian, grants us one of her rare public appearances and celebrates the world premiere of her new novel in Cologne. The Pulitzer Prize winner (“Breathing Lessons”) tells the story of Micah Mortimer in Redhead by the Side of the Road. Micah is a creature of habit with an impeccably organized life. But then a series of surprises throw h…

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  • Wed. 18 March 2020
  • 19:30
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Thursday, 19 March 2020

English German

Everyone knows Michael Palin as a member of the legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python. But did you know that the talented comedian is an equally brilliant author? He has published numerous novels and filmed highly praised travel documentaries. He has also been president of the Royal Geographical Society and was knighted by the Queen. His latest book, Erebus: The Story of a Ship, is about…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
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“The Castle” is Franz Kafka’s unfinished last novel. It tells the story of K., who is hired as a land surveyor by the count of a rural castle. But K.’s attempts to get into the Castle fail, as do his efforts to find his place in the local village. A disquieting and existential book with elements of absurd comedy. The brilliant Sven Regener (singer in the band Element of Crime, author of “Berlin Blues”) b…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
  • 18:00
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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
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Some say “it’s just a phase” while some claim it’s as uncomfortable going through puberty a second time. Others argue it has long been abolished and replaced by the quarter-life crisis, which is younger and therefore cooler. The midlife crisis! There is ample literary evidence of its existence: For Goethe’s Faust, for example, it is the point in time when you realize that you know nothing, but suddenly …

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
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Manche sagen: „Es ist nur eine Phase, Hase“, andere bestätigen, sie sei so ungemütlich wie eine zweite Pubertät. Die Dritten finden, sie sei eh längst abgeschafft und durch die coolere, weil jüngere Quarterlife-Crisis ersetzt worden: die Midlife-Crisis! Unzählige literarische Beispiele zeugen von ihr: Für Goethes Faust zum Beispiel ist sie der Zeitpunkt, an dem man feststellt, dass man von nichts ein…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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How can you talk about the most incredible, the most surprising and the most insane thing that can ever happen to you – your own life? Countless writers have attempted in autobiographies and autobiographical novels to capture the quirks of childhood, the drama of the teenage years and the infamous mid-life crisis. Tonight, Eva Mattes and Ulrich Noethen will suffer along with Heine in school l…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
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In 2014, Martin Sonneborn, former editor in chief of the satire magazine Titanic, was elected to the EU Parliament – as the sole representative of “Die Partei”. He wanted to find out how the European project works. This is a book about the EU, Brexit and data protection laws. It quickly becomes clear: Even those in the highest echelons of the EU are just people too and there is plenty of material for a…

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  • Thu. 19 March 2020
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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
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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
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Heidelberg is a strange place. First, I couldn’t find it, and then I couldn’t find my hotel. Then they sent me to a parking garage, which I couldn’t find, so to take revenge I lost the hotel key. The people at the reading might be expecting Günter Grass, but that doesn’t matter. In that case, I’ll just grit my teeth and read Homo Faber. November 1, 1992 This was one of more than 1,000 postcards that Jurek…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
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Is Dresden-based antiquarian bookseller Paulini a tragic figure or a criminal? Ingo Schulze’s novel Die rechtschaffenen Mörder [“The Righteous Murderer”] is a powerful tale about irreconcilable discussions, a divided Germany and the power of literature. It asks the question: How can a well-read person become a right-wing criminal? Schulze meets the co-chair of the Green party in Germany, Robert Habeck…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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Leif Randt (“Shimmering Mist Over Coby County”) writes about happiness in the tale of Tanja and Jerome’s long-distance relationship. Jogging through nature preserves and meditation in the Main valley of southern Hesse to drifting constant communication and “sexpositive” parties in Berlin. Jerome and Tanja are there for each other, but not lost in one another. Allegro Pastell is the story of an almost no…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • 1LIVE Haus
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Remix! is a cooperation with the organization mittendrin e.V. as part of the project series “Inclusion Infusion”. The event is fully accessible and will be translated into sign language.

sign language

Remix! was a smash hit with the press and the public, and all of Cologne wanted to hear more from these talented young writers! Your wish is our command. Together with the poetry slammer Florian Cieslik, a group of young people with learning difficulties is creating the hottest literature in the country. They proved this at lit.COLOGNE in 2019, with an enthralling and hilarious reading. In 2020,…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 19:00
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium
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No late admission - the ship will depart!

Why is ZEITmagazin’s weekly farmer’s market column so popular? Because Elisabeth Raether writes it. Raether, deputy editor-in-chief of the politics section, not only invents recipes that every layperson can follow. She reminds us that there is a suitable recipe for every situation in life: bread-and-butter pudding to feed your inner child, chicken stew to fight depression, coconut milk as a sub…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 19:30
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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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
  • Brunosaal
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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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He is one of Germany’s most expressive songwriters. He has written hit songs with his band Tomte and as a solo artist. When he has time, he even writes literary best sellers. Recently, after a five-year break, he released the album Junkies & Scientologen [“Junkies and Scientologists”] – perhaps his best to date. His texts are realistic, powerfully visual and rich in stories. Thees Uhlmann talks a…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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The German Alps are a popular vacation destination, but for Hubertus Jennerwein, they are often the scene of a crime. He’s been investigating here for more than 10 years. He is responsible for solving the most bizarre cases in the idyllic spa town Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Best-selling author Jörg Maurer looks back on 10 years of hilarious investigations and presents his newest case: Am Tatort bl…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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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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Katja Riemann has been travelling the world for 20 years in connection with various humanitarian projects. In Jeder hat. Niemand darf [“Everyone Has. No One May”], she reports on these journeys. She describes the work of NGOs and profiles people she admires because they make things happen. Her optimism inspires hope, her dedication is contagious, her humor infectious. She shows that change is pos…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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The first public appearance by the best-selling author.

Jean-Luc Bannalec has already thrown all sorts of mayhem at us: corpses washing up on perfect beaches and acts of violence in the beautiful Breton village of Concarneau, the “blue city” by the sea. So far there have been eight cases for the occasionally chaotic Commissaire Dupin, which always involve more than simply finding the culprit. Every new volume takes readers to a different corner of Bri…

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  • Fri. 20 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Sign language

Life is simply unfair. So unfair! My neighbor has a larger garden and a more beautiful wife. My colleague has a nicer car and a smarter kid. My boss earns more than I do. Even though I spend more time in the office and he goes on foreign business trips. There is no good explanation for all this! I always get the short end of the stick, I really do! Cordula Stratmann and Edin Hasanovic have…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Das Leben ist einfach unverschämt ungerecht. Der Nachbar hat die größere Gartenfläche und die schönere Frau. Die Kollegin hat den schickeren Wagen und das schlauere Kind. Und mein Chef verdient mehr als ich. Obwohl ich viel öfter im Büro bin und der auf Auslandsreisen. Das kann einem doch keiner schlüssig erklären! Immer bin ich der Arsch, ist doch wahr! Cordula Stratmann und Edin Hasanovic haben he…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 15:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Polish German

Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk has written what is likely her most important novel: The Books of Jacob. For some, he was a wise man and a messiah; for others, he was a charlatan and heretic. Jacob Frank, leader of his own mystical movement of Frankists, was determined to finally open his people, the Jews of Eastern Europe, to the modern world. Jacob gathered thousands of followers and made…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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English German

Tom and Louise are in couple’s therapy. Week by week, as they sit in the pub across from the therapist’s office waiting for their next session to begin, we slowly discover why. These are all issues familiar to every married couple, but they have never been presented so hilariously. With his black humor and love of antiheroes, Nick Hornby shows us a completely normal couple and the (not only) fun…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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Otto von Bismarck said: “Laws are like sausages; it’s better not to see them being made.” The sausage is an important literary subject – nearly as common as fraternal quarrels or adultery! And all kinds of German-speaking authors – from Goethe to Elfriede Jelinek, from Theodor Fontane to Wiglaf Droste – have links to links. Sausages touch on great human themes: greed, disgust, sexuality, desire, murderousne…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie, KD-Anleger
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Sign language

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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English German

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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Whether presenting his art dealer character Almen or one of his other great books, Martin Suter always seeks out his readers after the solitary writing process is over. Recently, he has also become a presence online. The master of discretion suddenly loves social media: He tweets rhymes on Twitter and runs a website with exclusive content. We have to ask: Why? This question never even arises for…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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When the weather was especially nice, the great neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks would yell: “I’m glad I’m not dead!”, as he recounted in his memoir “Gratitude”, written when he was nearly 80 years old. Prior to that, he wrote 18 books which, like these lines, were testament to the life-affirming power and purposeful energy of Dr. Sacks. He spent his entire life researching in the fields of neurology a…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Rarely is his name mentioned without reference to “Infinite Jest”, his literary tour de force. David Foster Wallace. In his homeland, he has long been known for his essays, but these works are now being published for the first time in German in a single volume: Der Spaß an der Sache. In contrast to his erratic and mold-breaking magnum opus, his essays are fascinatingly precise miniatures. Obse…

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  • Sat. 21 March 2020
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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