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 work in German: “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, “The Fire Next Time”, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and in spring 2020: “Giovanni’s Room”. “Baldwin writes with the furor and melancholy of one who, as a black man and homosexual, must be made doubly invisible. Yet he always writes with poetic precision and sensual elegance”, says writer Carolin Emcke. She dedicates this evening to Baldwin, and will be joined by actor Jerry Hoffmann and pianist Igor Levit.