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Sent from WDR-Funkhaus, broadcasted via: WDR 5, HR2 Kultur, MDR Kultur, RBB Kultur, SWR 2, Deutschlandfunk

lit.COLOGNE 2023 kicks off with the presentation of the German Audiobook Prize in Cologne. The renowned prize will honor not only the best female and male narrators this year. A live broadcast on nearly all ARD radio stations will also reveal the secret of who wins the trophy for best podcast, best radio play, best entertainment and best children’s audiobook. Cologne-based presenter and literature expert Marija Bakker will welcome the prizewinners at the WDR-Funkhaus. All attention will be focused on these outstanding individuals and their works. With readings by the freshly crowned p… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Presentation of the Deutscher Hörbuchpreis [German Audiobook Prize] 2023

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  • Date: Tue. 28 February 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Live-Radioshow
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The proceeds of this event will be donated to Amnesty International.

Since the violent death of 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini September 16, 2022, countless Iranians have taken to the streets. And the protests continue, even though protesters are being arrested, tortured and killed every day. People around the world are expressing their solidarity. The demonstrations are no longer just about women’s right to self-determination. The opposition is also fighting to free the entire society from an authoritarian, patriarchal and violent regime. The movement is online as well as on the streets. The internet can be a source of support and artistic expressions of s… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Jin, Jiyan, Azadi – Woman, Life, Freedom. Asal Dardan, Isabel Schayani, Azadeh Zamirirad, Maryam Zaree and Ferdos Forudastan open the 23rd lit.COLOGNE

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  • Date: Wed. 01 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available

“A personal hero of mine … she’s an important warning for the rest of us,” wrote Hillary Clinton about the winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and the 2021 Unesco Freedom Award. Like no other, Maria Ressa represents the fight for the truth and against hate and violence. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are the best weapons to defend democracies, she believes. In her book How to Stand Up to a Dictator, she describes how democracies are undermined by autocrats and dictators – via social media. Because, in pursuit of profits, Facebook and Google tolerate propaganda and fake news. Ressa rev… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The fight for our future – With Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa and Bibiana Beglau

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • wheelchair friendly (no toilets) Available
    • Englisch Deutsch

His masterpieces include “Flaubert’s Parrot”, “The Sense of an Ending” and “The Noise of Time”. His writings always have layers to the plot which contain cryptic realizations and invite readers to think for themselves. Now, one of the great British storytellers is back with an impressive new novel: Elizabeth Finch. Julian Barnes tells the story of a fascinating woman: Headstrong and exacting professor Elizabeth Finch, a smoker and stoic, becomes a platonic friend to Neil, a failed actor, father and husband. When she dies, Neil inherits her library and notebooks, which lead him on an adventurous i… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Julian Barnes: Elizabeth Finch. With Frank Arnold

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Englisch Deutsch

On a cold December night, a young woman is driving alone through the desolate Yorkshire Dales. The next morning, she’s found dead in her car, which is parked on a bridleway and almost completely covered in snow. A witness claims to have seen a man get into the woman’s car. Kate Linville takes on the case, and soon picks up a trail that leads into the past – to a cold case that Caleb Hale once investigated, but never managed to solve. “Not a page too many. Charlotte Link writes in an incredibly entertaining way” (WDR 2). With more than 24 titles on the best-seller list, more than 20 million books sol… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Not even snow can cover all the tracks – Charlotte Link and a new case for Kate Linville

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Accessibility
    • Speech-to-text interpreting Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

For many years, Hanns-Josef Ortheil has been one of German’s most important contemporary authors. His works, including memorable books such as “The Invention of Love”, “He Who Dreamed of Lions” and “Ombra”, have won many awards. Now, he takes us on a journey to the wellsprings of his literary work: the art of precise observation and perception. Extravagant, nutty and slightly exaggerated, the figures in Charaktere in meiner Nähe [“Characters Around Me”] are portrayed by Hanns-Josef Ortheil with subtle humor in 50 literary miniatures and short stories. With empathy, he explores the shallows of human existence: F… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Hanns-Josef Ortheil shows us the characters around him

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: LANXESS Hauptverwaltung | 19. Etage
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

By the time he published A Summer in Niendorf, it was definitely clear that Heinz Strunk is more than just a humorous author with a gift for precise observation. Strunk is one of the most important writers of today and his readers eagerly await each of his new releases. In June 2023, Strunk will publish his first short story collection Der gelbe Elefant [“The Yellow Elephant”]. Today, he will give us a sneak peek at this upcoming book along with a reading from his current novel. Host: Marion Brasch This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Heinz Strunk - A summer in Niendorf and the yellow elephant

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Jojo Moyes’ novel “Me Before You” has been read by 21 million people worldwide and adapted into a film. Several best-selling novels followed. With “Someone Else’s Shoes”, the British author presents an enthralling new work: the story of an unexpected friendship, a meeting that changes the characters’ perspectives of the world. And of the joy of a second chance … Host: Angela Spizig; German text: Therese Hämer This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Jojo Moyes and Luise Helm in Someone Else’s Shoes

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available
    • Englisch Deutsch

His words are among the weightiest in Germany: Navid Kermani, winner of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, has become one of the leading intellectual voices of his generation. Perceptive and skeptical, Kermani observes the present day, reporting from regions that are not in the public eye, bringing a new direction to the public debate with his analyses. Again and again, he shines a light on current events, exposes the underlying conflicts and behaviors, and reveals new possible courses of action. The collection What Is Achievable Now brings together his most important political… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Navid Kermani: What Is Achievable Now

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available

Die Veranstaltung muss aus terminlichen Gründen leider ausfallen. Online erworbene Tickets werden automatisch erstattet. An der Theaterkasse Neumarkt erworbene Tickets können dort bis zum 11.03.2023 zurückgegeben werden.  

“Tove Ditlevsen mania” broke out in 2021 when Aufbau Verlag republished the powerful novels by the deceased Danish author in a German version brilliantly translated by Ursel Allenstein. “A monumental author,” said Patti Smith. Ditlevsen’s work was described “one of the greatest literary events of the year” by Süddeutsche Zeitung. And Elke Heidenreich spoke of the “breathtaking beauty and intensity” of the Copenhagen Trilogy. “A life so free and impetuous, I was submersed in Tove Ditlevsen’s books,” swoons her great admirer, Nina Hoss. This evening, Hoss reads from Childhood, Youth and Dependency, telling Ditl… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Childhood, Youth, Dependency. Nina Hoss reads from the breathtaking Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen

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  • Date: Thu. 02 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Accessibility
    • Speech-to-text interpreting Available

In his successful interview podcast “Hotel Matze”, Matze Hielscher talks to his guests about what drives and inspires them. He wants to know why they do what they do – and what he can learn from them. In this live podcast episode, he meets the communications professor and journalist Miriam Meckel, who bridges the boundaries between theory and practice, observing how new technologies and the internet are changing our lives. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Live podcast: Miriam Meckel is a guest in “Hotel Matze”

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

lit.ComingOfAge | ab 14 Jahren

Würdest du nicht gerne mal eine deiner Lieblings-#BookTokerinnen live erleben? Bei uns kannst du Carolin Wahl treffen, die sich mit ihren drei „Vielleicht“-Bänden in die Herzen ihrer Leser:innen geschrieben hat. Ihre Videos mit fiktiven Chatverläufen der Protagonist:innen werden millionenfach geliked. Neben ihr auf der Bühne wird die erfolgreiche #BookToker-Influencerin Saskia Papen sitzen, die nur Bücher empfiehlt, die sie so richtig gut findet. Das gefällt vielen Leser:innen. Aber wie hat sie es geschafft, Buch-Influencerin zu werden? Wie arbeitet sie, was macht für sie ein gutes Buch aus? Die bekann… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event #BookTok live on stage: Carolin Wahl und Saskia Papen im Gespräch mit Tessniem Kadiri

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

In a fit of champagne-induced enthusiasm, six female friends found the “Nutters’ Club”, based on the idea that there is something odd about each one of them. When Nina makes the fateful acquaintance of Andreas Haase, the friends’ criminal fantasies come to light. Events set off a chain reaction with fatal consequences. In Ingrid Noll’s books, evil usually appears in a quirky and self-mocking form – as it does once again in her latest crime novel, Tea Time. Host: Margarethe von Schwarzkopf This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Tea Time with Ingrid Noll

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: KOMED-Saal im MediaPark
  • Accessibility
    • wheelchair friendly (no toilets) Available

He has won accolades and awards for his literary texts, including the Rolf-Dieter Brinkmann fellowship from the City of Cologne, the prize of the Wuppertaler Literature Biennale 2018 and the 3sat prize at the 43rd Festival of German-Language Literature in Klagenfurt. So it comes as no surprise that he can add another honor to this list: the NRW-Förderpreis for literature, a prize for young artists from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Congratulations to author Yannic Han Biao Federer! This prize has been presented since 1957 to exceptionally talented artists who are expected to make … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event What inspires the voices of the future? With NRW-Förderpreis winner Yannic Han Biao Federer

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Kleiner Sendesaal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

In english

David Wengrow, one of the world’s most astute archaeologists, co-wrote with David Graeber the ground-breaking best seller “The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.” “This is not a book. This is an intellectual feast,” declared Nassim Nicolas Taleb. Now, Wengrow’s “What Makes Civilization: The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West” is being released in German translation. It is a vivid account of the ‘birth of civilization’ that helps us understand the present and future of our civilization. Host: Wolfram Eilenberger This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event David Wengrow: What Makes Civilization?

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
  • Accessibility
    • Englisch

It is common knowledge (at least for residents of Cologne): Our world would be a better place, if only everyone were from Cologne. Presenter and podcaster (“NBE”) Nilz Bokelberg invites you on a stroll through the city. In “Nice to meet you, Cologne”, he will guide us to his favorite places, question where this bonhomie comes from and find out how this whole Carnival thing works. Perhaps Heinrich Böll was right when he said: “Cologne is not flawless but it is perfect – perfectly Cologne.” Host: Marie-Christine Knop This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Cologne: not flawless but perfect. A tour of discovery through the heart of the city with Nilz Bokelberg

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available

Fest steht (wenigstens für die Kölner:innen): Unsere Welt wäre eine schönere, wenn nur alle Kölner:innen wären. Der Moderator und Podcaster („NBE“) Nilz Bokelberg lädt ein zu einem Streifzug durch die Stadt. In Nice to meet you, Köln! führt er uns an seine Lieblingsorte, fragt, woher die gute Laune kommt und wie das mit dem Karneval geht. Vielleicht hatte Heinrich Böll recht, wenn er sagt: „Köln ist nicht perfekt, aber vollkommen, es ist vollkommen Köln.“ Mod.: Marie-Christine Knop This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: Köln: nicht perfekt, aber vollkommen! Entdeckungstour ins Herz der Stadt mit Nilz Bokelberg

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility

There is still an official policy of remembrance about the Nazi era and the warning “never again” – but this is becoming more and more of a ritual, without specific knowledge, without vivid descriptions, without voices that can convey what the Shoah actually meant. There is a danger that Auschwitz will become nothing more than a number, without an understanding of all the mechanisms of dehumanization and extermination it represents. This makes it impossible to recognize the continuity and discontinuity to today’s forms of racism and anti-Semitism. This evening wants to prevent this forgetting – with … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event “Is that a person?” – We must not forget. With Carolin Emcke, Lena Gorelik and Maryam Zaree

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 1
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

“And replenish the Earth and subdue it,” wrote the author of the book of Genesis around 3,000 years ago, putting these words into the mouth of the Creator. And so began the idea that humanity has a special place on Earth and is allowed to use its resources with impunity. In his eye-opening universal story “Subjugate the Earth”, Austrian author and historian Philipp Blom (“The Great Global Theatre”) explores the relationship between humanity and nature. Philosopher Markus Gabriel (“Why the World Does Not Exist”) in his new book, Humans as Animals: Why We Are Still Strangers to Nature, sketches human beings as… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Humans versus nature? Philipp Blom and Markus Gabriel on our role in the world

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Tickets are available via Köln Musik only.

22 years ago Elke Heidenreich opened the very first lit.COLOGNE with a great gala event. Then, as now, the gala evening is a chance to come together for a sparkling fest. A celebration of literature and music – the arts that enrich our lives so much. The power of art can be a lifesaver, especially in uncertain times. And it is particularly necessary in times of crisis, when imaginations are running wild and worries and fears can feel overwhelming. Thanks to his music, Orpheus was given the chance to bring back his beloved deceased wife from the underworld – but when he did not trust his art and… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event On Love and Death – The lit.COLOGNE Gala 2023 with Elke Heidenreich, Senta Berger, Till Brönner, Michael Hansonis, André Heller and Marc-Aurel Floros

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Philharmonie Köln
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Since men first kicked a ball around together on a green field at the end of the 19th century, countless historians and storytellers have pondered the question why so many people are excited about soccer. How could a moderated version of rugby become a globally popular sport and an entertainment industry worth billions? Soccer’s unstoppable triumphal march has been widely chronicled, always featuring the big heroes and the legendary games. The “Miracle of Bern,” Schalke’s heartbreaking loss of the 2001 Bundesliga championship, we know them all. This time, though, the history of this popular sport w… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Philipp Köster and 11FREUNDE tell the other story of soccer

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  • Date: Fri. 03 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Prices for teens till 17 years: 6,50 €; box office: 8 €

Remix is back for a fourth round: While our talented young writers are becoming increasingly successful and creative, the world is in a state of crisis. That is why the participants in this latest Remix workshop, led by poetry slammer Florian Cieslik, will take a closer look at famous “crisis” texts and, as usual, reinterpret them in a fantastically hilarious and unexpected way. As we know, crisis mode can be found almost anywhere: in “Max and Moritz” by Wilhelm Busch, in the rap lyrics of Haftbefehl, in Goethe’s Faust and in the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. Annette Frier and Michael Kessler a… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Remix 4! Annette Frier and Michael Kessler are in crisis mode

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Accessibility
    • Speech-to-text interpreting Available
    • Sign language Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

David Foster Wallace would have turned 60 this year. His name is rarely mentioned without reference to “Infinite Jest”, his literary tour de force. But his essays, published for the first time in German in a single volume entitled Der Spaß an der Sache, are no less impressive. In contrast to his erratic and mold-breaking magnum opus, his essays are fascinatingly precise and accessible texts. His observations on a cruise ship, during a visit to a pornography trade show or at the Maine Lobster Festival are bursting with bitter humor. His essay about the 9/11 attacks is one of the most powerful and … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Surely, you jest! Iris Berben and Olli Dittrich read David Foster Wallace

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Sein Name wird selten genannt, ohne auf den Jahrhundertroman „Unendlicher Spaß“ zu verweisen: David Foster Wallace, der in diesem Jahr 60 Jahre alt geworden wäre. Dabei stehen seine Essays, die unter dem Titel Der Spaß an der Sache vorliegen, diesem in nichts nach. Anders als sein jede Form sprengendes Hauptwerk sind die Essays faszinierend präzise, zugängliche Texte. Die Beobachtungen einer Kreuzfahrt, des Besuchs einer Pornomesse oder des Main Lobster Festivals bersten vor bitterem Humor. Sein Text über die Anschläge von 9/11 gehört zum Eindringlichsten und zugleich Intelligentesten, was dazu geschr… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: Der Spaß an der Sache! Iris Berben und Olli Dittrich lesen David Foster Wallace

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Marie is 17 years old, tall and awkward, and generally considered unsuited for courtly life. She is therefore sent off to be prioress of an impoverished English abbey. But in the seclusion of the abbey, she finds unexpected opportunities for her and her sisters to wield global influence. Matrix is a historical novel of empowerment, a masterpiece by one of Obama’s favorite authors, Lauren Groff. German text: Nina Kunzendorf; Host: Marie-Christine Knop This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event You thought you knew nuns? Lauren Groff and Nina Kunzendorf on Matrix

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available
    • English German

His books have been translated into 26 languages and sold more than 13 million copies. His crime fiction series featuring Detective Ann Kathrin Klaasen has been filmed for television by ZDF and excited millions of viewers. Now Klaus-Peter Wolf has written the 17th case for Klaasen: In Ostfriesengier [“East Frisian Greed”], she investigates a brutal attack on the police. A reading by Klaus-Peter Wolf with musical accompaniment from his wife, the author and musician Bettina Göschl. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event East Frisian greed with Klaus-Peter Wolf and Bettina Göschl

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: RheinEnergie Hauptverwaltung
  • Accessibility

Tages-, Kombi- und Partytickets sind an der Abendkasse erhältlich.

Das neu installierte Format lit.pop bietet Dir an einem Tag im Rahmen der lit.COLOGNE ein eigens kuratiertes Programm, das Literatur und Kultur erlebbar macht – performativ, diskursiv, queer und divers. Am 04. März wird der Stadtgarten im Herzen von Köln zum Festivalzentrum. Das JAKI und der Konzertsaal werden parallel bespielt, es gibt acht Veranstaltungen zu Gender, Sex, Feminismus und Politik – im Programm sind kluge Stimmen und junge Künstler:innen wie Şeyda Kurt, Kristina Lunz, Mithu Sanyal, Philipp Winkler, Samira El Ouassil, Friedemann Karig, Lydia Meyer und viele mehr. Die lit.pop, in Koopera… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event lit.pop - Talk, Panel, Perfomance, Party!

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Stadtgarten Konzertsaal+JAKI
  • Accessibility
    • wheelchair friendly (no toilets) Available

Teta Jele was a beauty who lived to be 101 years old, surviving the Spanish flu, the concentration camp and her northern Italian mother-in-law. Adriana Altaras was four years old when she first visited her aunt in Italy and returned again and again for the rest of her aunt’s life. With heaps of pasta, pragmatic advice and bar visits, Teta Jele was always there for her. In Besser allein als in schlechter Gesellschaft [“Better to Be Alone Than in Bad Company”], Altaras paints a moving portrait of her aunt. Host: Thomas Laue This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Better to be alone than in bad company. With Adriana Altaras

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available

“A fat German comedian travels with his dog to Paris to meet a date. The date doesn’t come. But he meets the mother of his children.” This could be the start of a teleological story. Oliver Polak’s poetic and highly amusing search for love is chronicled in a series of episodes curated by a dating platform in L’amour numerique. In this book, Polak (“Your Life Is a Joke”, Netflix) tells in his unmistakable voice about the uplifting and disillusioning challenges of modern love. Search, swipe and date – this is how the adventures usually begin, set against the backdrop of the most romantic of all places, a Paris… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Big feelings need the right timing – or Tinder: Oliver Polak searches for love

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

Musician Andreas Dorau is a master of the eccentric and the absurd. With subtlety and depth, he tells stories about himself and his adventures, not only in the arts scene. Those who know Sven Regener’s novels (“Berlin Blues”) will understand why he wants to dive in to Andreas Dorau’s brilliant universe and capture it in literature. In this co-authored book, there is therefore a king of hypnosis who searches for Dorau to finally find out what he thinks deep down about his old friend Fred vom Jupiter, panic attacks that send him into a disastrous state of confusion, a musical called the Sealion King an… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Sven Regener, Andreas Dorau and the woman with the arm

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Accessibility
    • Speech-to-text interpreting Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

“I want to stay where I have never been” is a poem by Thomas Brasch. And it is a key line for the writer, dramatist and filmmaker, whose life was like a “desolate novel”, a “novel about East and West”, as theater personality Claus Peymann once said. In his works, Brasch astutely, powerfully and originally confronts society’s contradictions, which are more relevant than ever before. In her debut novel “Ab jetzt ist Ruhe”, Marion Brasch told the story of her family. Now she puts the spotlight on her big brother Thomas. What did he dream of and what irritated him? What drove him away from his family and ultima… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Thomas Brasch: “I want to stay where I have never been”. With Albrecht Schuch and Marion Brasch

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

*Bismarck said: “Laws are like sausages; it’s better to not see them being made.” And all kinds of German-speaking authors – from Goethe to Elfriede Jelinek, from Theodor Fontane to Wiglaf Droste – have links to links. The sausage is an important literary subject – nearly as common as fraternal quarrels or adultery! Sausages touch on great human themes: greed, disgust, sexuality, desire, murderousness, hope and vanity. Sausages can make you crazy or happy, they can be funny but also scary or tragic. Sausages are philosophical and profane in equal measure. Both universal and provincial. This evening Ann… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event It’s better to not see them being made* – An evening dedicated to the sausage, with Annette Frier and Dietmar Bär

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  • Date: Sat. 04 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: RheinEnergie Hauptverwaltung
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language Available

In “Mirror Story”, Ilse Aichinger (1921–2016) tells the life story of a woman backwards. For this book, the Austrian author won the prize of the Gruppe 47 in 1952. Her novel “The Greater Hope” (1948) is considered a milestone in German-language literature, an artistic web of dreams, myths and stories, told from the perspective of a girl trying to survive while on the run. Ilse Achinger’s thoughts and feelings circle around the Holocaust, loss and being silenced. She searches for the “bad words, not the nice sentences in nice journals” and yet she always hits the right note. This is also true of Senta Berger… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event “Silence! Let her talk!” Senta Berger reads Ilse Aichinger

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 11:00
  • Location: Flora Köln
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“After six months of the pandemic, I was so bored by the discussions about incidence rates, measures and personal stances. I was overcome by a great desire to have good conversations about substantial topics. So I went out to meet people at special places, which were abandoned at the time, and talk to them about the essence of being human.” This is how actress and director Annette Frier describes the idea for her film project #undwarumbistduhier [“andwhyareyouhere”]. An exceptional interview documentary, which she realized in collaboration with producer Dietlinde Stroh. 20 questions about life’s … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Film premiere: #undwarumbistduhier by and with Annette Frier

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 11:00
  • Location: Cineplex Filmpalast Köln, Kino 1
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Prices for teens till 17 years: 6,50 €; box office 8 €

How fair is it for a soccer player to earn millions, while a cleaner doesn’t make enough to live on? Or that people don’t all have the same access to clean water? Such questions of fairness are a recurring theme in the life of former soccer pro Neven Subotić. In the 1990s, Subotić fled former Yugoslavia with his parents. At the age of 17, he came to Germany to play professional soccer. He won the championship with Borussia Dortmund and was considered one of the best defenders in the league. Then came wild nights, fast cars, a huge house with a jacuzzi. But at the pinnacle of his career, he decid… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Giving Everything – Why the path to a more equitable world starts with ourselves. With Neven Subotić

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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“Please note that I don’t want a car with noticeable curves, like the Volkswagen. Something like the Ford Cortina with its long, flat surfaces would be ideal.” That was Gustav Metzger’s insistent demand to the organizers of the Documenta exhibition in 1972, where he was planning a large-scale installation. Sigmar Polke turned down the same event with the words, “I’m too old – get yourself some young artists!” After all, you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. And you can’t make art without wonderful sentences. Claudia Michelsen and Fabian Hinrichs read the best and most whimsical excerpts from the l… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event “I’m too old – get yourself some young artists!” Claudia Michelsen, Fabian Hinrichs and Knut Elstermann present the correspondence of great artists

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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Marco Müller is Chef de Cuisine at Rutz, the only three-star restaurant in Berlin, which has also been awarded the Green Star for sustainability. He tells “local stories” on the restaurant’s plates, with regionality running as a common theme through his menus. His ideas are implemented in unconventional and radical ways, but he says: “We have only just scratched the surface of what is possible” (Stern). Heinz Reitbauer, a 2 Michelin Star chef from the legendary restaurant Steirereck in Vienna is the best German-speaking chef in the list of 50 Best Restaurants. He serves up food from the restaurant… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Gourmet goes green: “I have now eaten my way through half the forest.” Marco Müller and Heinz Reitbauer on sustainability in Michelin-starred restaurants

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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“When writing, you are not alone; all the powers you create, the characters, they also take things into their own hands” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), says Emine Sevgi Özdamar about creating literature. The Georg Büchner Prize, which she won in 2022, described her as “an outstanding author to whom the German language and literature owe new horizons, themes and a highly poetic sound.” In her latest novel, A Space Bounded by Shadows, she takes us from the Ottoman Empire to the Paris theater scene of the 1970s to the present day. This book is a polyphonic hymn of praise to a post-war Europe in which, for a shor… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Congratulations on winning the Georg Büchner Prize! Emine Sevgi Özdamar on love and suffering while writing

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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Elke Heidenreich is not only one of Germany’s best-known authors and literature experts – she’s also a passionate traveler. Her travels have taken her around the world – from Florence to China, from Berlin to the US – but she’s never chosen the well-trodden path, and she’s always found something different than what’s printed in all the travel guides. Elke Heidenreich has gone her own way, made discoveries that only she could make, loving most of all those places that offered her something unique and new: a particular street, a particular meal, sometimes perhaps a special little dog. And everywhere she … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Seeing the world through happy eyes. With Elke Heidenreich

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Flora Köln
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No other country is the subject of as much debate in Germany: Everybody has an opinion about Israel. Why is the Middle East conflict so important? And why is the debate so emotional? Carolin Emcke will discuss this with Meron Mendel (Director of the Anne Frank Educational Center). In his book Über Israel reden [“Talking About Israel”], he writes not about Israel and the Palestine conflict but how it is discussed in Germany, in politics and the media and among left-wingers, migrants and Jews. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event A German debate: Meron Mendel and Carolin Emcke talk about Israel

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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What does becoming an adult actually feel like? Sometimes you feel terribly lost, sometimes you are over the moon. In Cologne, when nothing else works, there is one famous saying to console you: Things have always turned out fine. Irmgard Keun’s debut novel “Gilgi, One of Us” was published in 1931. In 1920s Cologne, Gilgi wants to live a free, independent and self-confident life, to settle in and soar. Like young Gilgi, the students in the writing program at University of Cologne are also in the starting blocks of an exciting life in the metropole on the Rhine. Inspired by Gilgi, they write their… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event On Gilgi and us. Settling and soaring with Nina Gummich and Dimitrij Schaad

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Being born is a fate that truly all humans share. Nevertheless, birth and pregnancy are topics that were long ignored, or coyly circumvented, by philosophy and literature. Yet the topic “having children” offers great potential for comedy, drama, happiness, desperation and anger. When a baby’s on the way, nearly all aspects of life will soon change: one’s view of the world, body, relationships, friendships, work and earnings – and, quite often, the relationship with one’s parents. Nina Kunzendorf, Rufus Beck and Bärbel Schäfer approach this topic with lots of humor and explore the political aspects of th… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event It’s just a phase! An evening about having children. With Nina Kunzendorf, Rufus Beck and Bärbel Schäfer

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  • Date: Sun. 05 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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The blueprint for this series dates back to 2013, when Karl Lagerfeld talked to us about “his” books. Ten years later, we are returning to this idea and inviting accomplished and highly esteemed guests, whom you might not necessarily immediately associate with the world of books, to take us on their reading journey. After all, every person who reads has the “books of their lives”, the ones they would choose to take to a desert island. One of Germany’s greatest entertainers is Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, best known as one half of the successful duo Joko und Klaas. He also hosts a weekly program “Late Night Berli… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Klaas Heufer-Umlauf and the books of his life

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  • Date: Mon. 06 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Dorothee Röhrig’s grandfather, Hans von Dohnanyi, was executed for his involvement in the resistance during the Nazi era. At the time, her mother was just 18 years old. In You’ll Still Think of Me: Declaration of Love to a Difficult Mother, Dorothee Röhrig describes with great emotional honesty her volatile relationship with her mother and the role of women in an extraordinary family that demands so much from each of its members. Host: Bärbel Schäfer This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Dorothee Röhrig: A declaration of love to a difficult mother

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  • Date: Mon. 06 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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From prayer to anagram, from childhood to death – Chora, the new collection of poetry by Michael Lentz is just as diverse as it is powerful. With vivid, expressionistic language, Lentz explores life through poetry. It all centers around a child who has found a dead blackbird. At least on the page, a creative act successfully brings the bird to sing again. “When it comes to linguistic delight, almost no one can top this poet” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Host: Wiebke Porombka This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Chora: From childhood to death. With Michael Lentz

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  • Date: Mon. 06 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Altes Pfandhaus
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A new moral certainty is shaping the debates of our times. Whether in the discussions about the correct refugee and pandemic policies, the debates about politically correct language, or the discourse about supplying weapons to Ukraine: There are constant references to the moral obligations we have to others. It quickly appears that every counterargument is egoistic and shows a lack of solidarity. Svenja Flaßpöhler, Michel Friedman and Richard David Precht question how this trend should be interpreted and they touch on a core dilemma of modern societies: The fundamental separation of state and m… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Svenja Flaßpöhler, Michel Friedman and Richard David Precht ask the question: “How much morality can politics and society stand?”

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  • Date: Mon. 06 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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Raúl Krauthausen is Germany’s best-known activist when it comes the implementation of the rights of people with disabilities. In his new book, If You Want to Be Inclusive, You’ll Find a Way. If You Don't, You’ll Find an Excuse, he raises fundamental, often uncomfortable, questions on inclusion in Germany and prompts his readers to engage with their own ableism, developing an idea of how inclusion could and should be lived on all levels. Host: Benni Bauerdick This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Raúl Krauthausen fights for inclusion

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  • Date: Mon. 06 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Förster doesn’t know a thing about soccer. When his friend Fränge takes over as trainer of a youth soccer team in Bochum and asks him to help out, Förster is skeptical at first. But together with Brocki, a teacher, they want to make a success of it. In Spiel ab [“Game On!”], Frank Goosen tells a story full of humor, heart and insider knowledge about the three men who learned more from 11 teenagers than they ever thought possible. He has finally written the soccer novel that everyone has been desperately waiting for! This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Game on! With Frank Goosen

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  • Date: Mon. 06 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Poems are a source of pleasure, insight and wisdom. The poetry collection Der ewige Brunnen [“The Eternal Fountain”] has been a classic in Germany for many decades. Millions of readers have discovered and explored the world of German poetry in this volume. This nearly inexhaustible collection reflects centuries of life experiences in its pages. Now, a new edition published by Dirk von Petersdorff brings together famous and canonical poems with fresh voices from the past and the present. He has included more poems by women than ever before and more texts by Jewish authors. For the first time, the… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event From Brentano to Bachmann. From Luther to Lindenberg. The eternal fountain of poetry. With Elke Heidenreich, Dirk von Petersdorff & Marc-Aurel Floros

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Talk in English without translation. Reading in German.

Author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga is one of the most important voices on the African continent. For her artistic endeavors and her work on civil liberties and women’s rights in Zimbabwe, she received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2021. Her new essay collection, Black and Female, is a paradigm-shifting and highly political exploration of the double suppression of Black women. Host: Edna Bonhomme; German text: Davina Donaldson This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Black and Female: A self-aware invitation to reflect. With Tsitsi Dangarembga

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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    • English German

Michael Dietz and Jochen Schliemann have travelled through more than 100 countries – and they are definitely not done yet. In their podcast “Reisen Reisen” [“Travel Travel”], the most listened-to travel podcast in German, they encourage people to go on their own journeys – with others or alone, to nearby attractions, to Europe’s greatest squares or to absolute dream destinations such as southern Australia. They make us want to hit the road, discover and change our perspectives, leaving behind the all-inclusive resorts and cruise ships. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Travel. Michael Dietz and Jochen Schliemann want to discover the world

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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Talk in English without translation. Reading in German.

On June 21, 2023, the great English author Ian McEwan will turn 75. Three months before this important birthday, he will honor his Cologne audience with one of his rare appearances. In a wide-ranging talk, he will discuss his life and works. Since his global hit “Atonement”, every one of his novels has been a best seller and many have been turned into films, most recently “The Children Act” and “On Chesil Beach”. He won the Booker Prize in 1998 and the Shakespeare Prize one year later. Among his many other honors, he was awarded the 2020 Goethe Medal for his life’s work. His latest mesmerizing n… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Ian McEwan – one of the century’s greatest authors discusses his life and work. With Ulrich Noethen

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Flora Köln
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The way we live will change fundamentally. Aspects of the environment, the economy, politics, society and technology that we have taken for granted will crumble away. In her best seller We Can Do Better, political economist, transformation expert and sustainability researcher Maja Göpel draws on scientific findings to explain how we can understand such complex developments and use the knowledge gained for the future. Host: Friedemann Karig This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Who do we want to be? For a better world. With Maja Göpel

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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For decades, Austrian writer Arno Geiger (“The Old King in Exile”) led a double life. In Das glückliche Geheimnis [“The Happy Secret”], he writes about experiences in life and on the streets, about knowledge of human nature, about love and grief. In this pithy, witty book, he very openly reports on attempts and disappointments, finding and discarding, and finally the happiness that success brings. Host: Andreas Platthaus This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Arno Geiger’s happy secret

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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In A History of Women in 100 Objects, Annabelle Hirsch takes a hundred everyday objects from the areas of fashion, medicine and art to create a treasure trove to browse through and marvel at. Based on these objects, she creates a cultural history that cleverly and amusingly contradicts the objectification of women. “The book is a museum curated by Hirsch, a compendium of women’s history in all its facets” (Der Tagesspiegel). Host: Martin Stankowski This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event A History of Women in 100 Objects. Annabelle Hirsch

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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“This is one of the best things that I have ever read… heartbreaking!” raves Elke Heidenreich about Behzad Karim Khani’s debut novel Dog, Wolf, Jackal. And for once, literary critics and the petty criminals in Berlin’s Neukölln neighborhood agree on something: This book is a sensation! With actress and Grimme Award winner Enissa Amani, who has a similar biography, Khani will speak about fleeing one’s homeland, arriving in Germany and the diplomacy of the streets. Host: Aida Baghernejad This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Behzad Karim Khani and Enissa Amani dissect Dog, Wolf, Jackal

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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Pandemic, crises, stress and fears about the future – there are many strains on our mental health at the moment. In his book Kompass für die Seele [“A Compass for the Soul”], Bas Kast, author of the best-selling book The Diet Compass, asks what we can do to strengthen our spirits. He researches the interplay between nutrition and mental health and tests how physical activity, experiences in nature or exposure to heat and cold can influence our psyche. He attends intense meditation courses and self-experiments with the healing power of consciousness-changing substances. And he researches whethe… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event A compass for the soul. With Bas Kast

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Siri Hustvedt kann aus persönlichen Gründen die Reise nach Europa nicht antreten, wird jedoch per Videozuschaltung an der Veranstaltung teilnehmen. Die anderen Mitwirkenden werden vor Ort anwesend sein.

Her international breakthrough came with the novel “What I Loved”. Siri Hustvedt is not only a successful novelist, she is also a keen observer of the world and a renowned essayist. In the essay collection Mothers, Fathers and Others, she delves into a wide range of topics, from the nature of memory and time to motherhood and what we inherit from our parents. With vividly recounted examples from her family history and life experience, Hustvedt shows how porous the borders are between us and others, between works of art and those who observe them, between oneself and the world. And though this app… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Siri Hustvedt on mothers, fathers and others. With Milena Karas

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  • Date: Tue. 07 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Flora Köln
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    • English German

The Slough House novels by English author Mick Herron are among the best spy fiction of the past decades. London Rules is the latest book published in German translation in the series featuring obese and crude MI5 agent Jackson Lamb. Roderick Ho, the biggest nerd among the washed-up gang of spies, only barely escapes a bumbling assassination attempt. His colleagues rush (unwillingly) to help him and turn a difficult situation into ... something even worse. Host: Bernhard Robben; German text: Dietmar Bär This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Mick Herron und Dietmar Bär explain the London Rules

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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What will we eat in the future? This question touches on industrial and agricultural policy as well as climate change and global nutrition. Sustainability is the order of the day and everything should be conceptualized right now. And this is exactly what Hanni Rützler, one of the leading food trend researchers in Europe, does with her Food Report. At this event, she will inform us about re-regionalization, the future of the meat industry and share her thoughts about the “retail vision”. Host: Joachim Frank This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Hanni Rützler’s Food Report – the struggle for a better future

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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“Roger Willemsen leaves behind a void that cannot be filled. I would like to hear his words and his views on the current geopolitical and humanitarian situation, and gain his insight,” writes Katja Riemann in the announcement of this show. Camille Saint-Saën’s compositions inspired Roger Willemsen to write Karneval der Tiere [“Carnival of the Animals”], a sharp-witted and sometimes weighty journey into the animal world. The humanized animal figures reflect aspects of religion, eroticism and human rights. In the children’s book he penned, Das müde Glück [“Tired Happiness”], we see the other side of the coin. … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Carnival of happiness – in memory of Roger Willemsen. Katja Riemann, Franziska Hölscher and Marianna Shirinyan give us the gift of a musical evening with animals.

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Clemens Setz is an exceptional literary talent and he is magically drawn to celestial bodies. In Monde vor der Landung [“Moon Before the Landing”], his protagonist Peter Bender makes a name for himself in the inter-war period of the 20th century with his proclamation of the hollow world theory. Bender believes that people do not live on but rather inside a globe and that nothing exists outside of it. In this novel based on a true life story, Bender learns a painful lesson that the recognition of divided realities can be essential to survival. Host: Hubert Winkels This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Sometimes waning, sometimes full – Clemens Setz longs for the moon

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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The dance company Richard Siegal/Ballet of Difference at Schauspiel Köln travelled to Japan to find inspiration for its new production, Ballet of (Dis)Obedience, premiering on March 24. Now they will provide us with an exclusive glimpse into their process of artistic creation. Following the hour-long open rehearsal, choreographer Richard Siegal will talk about diverse cultures of movement, the radiant power of dance – and the art of telling stories with bodies. Please register using the following link: This form This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Storytelling within dance. An open rehearsal. Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 1
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    • English

Spring 1958: Ingeborg Bachmann – celebrated poet, winner of the Prize of Group of 47 and Der Spiegel cover star – is about to bring her radio play “Der gute Gott von Manhattan” to the air. Max Frisch, busy at the time putting on the production of “The Arsonists”, writes to the “young poetess” to tell her how excited he is about her radio play. With Bachmann’s response in June 1958, a correspondence begins which – from their first meeting until long after their separation – gives witness to the lives, love and suffering of one of the best-known couples of the German-language literature scene. The topics covered in… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Ingeborg Bachmann & Max Frisch – correspondence of the century. With Matthias Brandt & Johanna Wokalek

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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When teens no longer need to be driven around and fed regularly, a new era begins for the parents. Now in late puberty, the offspring start to demand bigger sums of money while on holiday in Croatia. They challenge their parents’ outdated views and ban them from using aluminum foil. Jan Weiler reports on how men over 50 are being prohibited from wearing black dress shirts and about the complete excesses of parental leave. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Jan Weiler reports the latest from the nearly grown-up teenosaurus rex

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Antonia Baum committed “absolute writer suicide” (her own words) in 2018 when she published “Stillleben” [“Still Life”], a very personal book about motherhood. Now, she carries on this work in a lively, fictionalized form. Baum’s first-person narrator in the new brilliant novel Siegfried is a mother, partner, sole breadwinner, and she is absolutely exhausted. One day, when she feels everything is spinning out of control, she checks herself into a psychiatric hospital. Host: Miriam Zeh This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Antonia Baum and a woman at the end of her rope

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  • Date: Wed. 08 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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Richard Gold has planned everything down to the last detail on the day he wants to take his own life. But then a scrawny cat sits at his window and throws all of his plans into disarray. The cat, Frankie, moves in with world-weary Gold and an unusual friendship develops between the two outsiders, at least one of whom firmly believes in a happy ending. Jochen Gutsch and Maxim Leo (“It’s Just a Phase, Honeybunny”) have written a touching and hilarious book. Host: Christine Westermann This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Maxim Leo and Jochen Gutsch, a cat and a happy ending

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Jochen Rausch’s protagonist, investigator Marta Milutinovic, is looking to escape the ruins of her life and get a fresh start as the head of the local police department in a small town in northern Bavaria. But the investigations into a cold case soon create new upheavals, as the long-ago death of a high school student touches her own past. Im toten Winkel [“Blind Spot”] is Rausch’s latest coup, following his successful novels “Krieg” and “Rache”. A top-notch psychological thriller. Host: Sabine Heinrich This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Jochen Rausch and Sabine Heinrich head into the blind spot

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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Hardships, heat, dust – with her husband and seven-month-old twins, Angustias Romero is fleeing her country as a mysterious illness spreads. The two children do not survive the journey through the mountains into the safe neighbouring country. At the border, the mother finally finds a resting place for her dead twins: The Third Country is an illegal cemetery, where Visitacíon Salazar defies the cartels to offer graves for exiles. Angustias decides to support the amateur undertaker in her battle. Karina Sainz Borgo’s successful debut “It Would Be Night in Caracas” was described by Deutschl… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The Third Country. Karina Sainz Borgo

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
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    • Spanish German

The work of Emily Brontë blew into Mithu Sanyal’s life like a storm. Mithu Sanyal on Emily Brontë: The first reading of the novel Wuthering Heights changed my life, writes the author of Identitti. For Sanyal, daughter of a Polish mother and an Indian father, it was and is a book in which she recognized her own experience of alienation, a book that somehow helped her at almost every important moment in her life and is always with her. Sanyal has written a thrilling book about the life and writing of the English author who was accused of lacking femininity during her lifetime and whose book was con… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Wuthering Heights revisited. Mithu Sanyal on Emily Brontë

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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It’s time for the next round of the lit.COLOGNE Debut Prize! For the 13th year in a row, we present to you the three most striking debuts of the spring. And the prize? The winner takes home the Silver Pig, donated by RheinEnergie and worth €2,222. Monika Schärer presents the nominees: Lisa Roy’s book Keine gute Geschichte [“Not a Good Story”] rigorously and energetically picks apart the myth of a classless society. In her biting and funny book Ohne mich die Suche [“Search Without Me”], Esther Schüttpelz’s young protagonist describes a plan for the future. Who’ll be the winner? Which is the spring’s most excit… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event [The Wild 13] The lit.COLOGNE Debut Prize 2023 with Lisa Roy and Esther Schüttpelz

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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Frank Schätzing’s thriller The Swarm was first presented on the big lit.COLOGNE stage 20 years ago – it was the start of an unprecedented success story. Now, as an anniversary edition is being published with a new essay, this best seller translated into 27 languages is still highly topical: With nightmarish logic, Schätzing unfolds a globally catastrophic plot that is terrifyingly probable. Adventure novel, political thriller, science fiction and an early parable about climate change – The Swarm is all that. Frank Schätzing is one of Germany’s most-read novelists. He is considered a visionary whose scen… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event A book that continues to write history: Frank Schätzing and “The Swarm” – 20 years later and still topical

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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Marius Müller-Westernhagen is a living legend. He was a child actor in television and radio productions and decided at a young age to become a musician. His songs, including “Freiheit”, “Mit Pfefferminz bin ich dein Prinz”, “Sexy”, “Lass uns leben” and “Wieder hier” shaped entire generations. Today, Westernhagen is one of Germany’s most successful rock and pop musicians and can look back on an incredible music career with seven number-one albums. But who is the man behind the legend? Westernhagen talks to Friedrich Dönhoff about composing, love, defeats and successes. His memories lead him back into his childhood… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event A life of superlatives. With Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Friedrich Dönhoff and Bettina Böttinger

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Oper Köln im StaatenHaus
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Who doesn’t know the feeling? You leave the Stunksitzung (a cabaret Carnival event) inspired and tipsy, and then the next day you wonder: What was I laughing about yesterday?! At this reading, you have the chance to relive the best texts from 40 years of Stunksitzung, with full concentration and no distractions. Featuring ensemble members from Stunksitzung and prominent friends such as Mariele Millowitsch, Wilfried Schmickler, Cordula Stratmann and Norbert Walter-Borjans. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Reading the “best of” Stunksitzung. Text and songs from 40 years

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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Wer kennt es nicht – man geht beseelt und angeheitert aus der Stunksitzung und fragt sich schon am nächsten Tag: Worüber habe ich gestern noch mal gelacht? Bei der Stunk-Lesung haben Sie die Möglichkeit, konzentriert und ohne Ablenkung die besten Texte aus 40 Jahren Stunksitzung noch mal zu erleben! Mit Ensemble-Mitgliedern der Stunksitzung und prominenten Freund:innen wie Mariele Millowitsch, Wilfried Schmickler, Cordula Stratmann und Norbert Walter-Borjans. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: Stunksitzung – eine Nachlese: Texte und Songs aus 40 Jahren

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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As director of the Moscow crematorium during the Stalin era, Piotr has cremated everyone from alleged spies to erstwhile heroes of the Revolution. Piotr is convinced that he himself is immortal – until the day he is arrested. Belarusian author Sasha Filipenko lives and writes in exile in Switzerland. Kremulator tells this absurd and macabre story from inside a terrorist state. And this book is, despite everything, the story of a great love. Host: Olga Mannheimer; German text: Peter Lohmeyer This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Kremulator: a story from Russia. Sasha Filipenko and Peter Lohmeyer

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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    • Russisch Deutsch

Bret Easton Ellis‘ meisterhaft erschreckender Roman „American Psycho“ wurde zum Welthit – kongenial verfilmt mit Christian Bale in der Hauptrolle hallt die Wirkkraft des Stoffs bis heute nach. Ellis‘ jüngster Roman The Shards erzählt – rafffiniert und düster-komisch – nun von einem neuen Serienmörder in L.A. Der siebzehnjährige Bret ist in der Oberstufe der exklusiven Buckley Prep School, als der charismatische Robert Mallroy sein Mitschüler wird. Bret ist sich sicher, dass Robert ein dunkles Geheimnis hat und fühlt sich dennoch magisch von ihm angezogen. Als der 'Trawler', ein Serienmörder, der Jugendliche auf b… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Von amerikanischen Psychos. Kultautor Bret Easton Ellis mit seinem neuen Roman

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  • Date: Thu. 09 March 2023
  • Time: 19:30
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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    • Englisch Deutsch

Should you be merciful to the unmerciful? Anna teaches at a primary school and still has dreams of improving the world. Like 25 years ago, when she and a group of street artists demonstrated in Edinburgh against the environmentally destructive policies of the English government. What she didn’t know at the time: One of her fellow demonstrators was an undercover agent who betrayed them all. Now she is tracking down her tormentor. But how far does evil go – and can Anna keep herself free of it? A.L. Kennedy’s (“Original Bliss”, “Serious Sweet”) latest novel, Alive in a Merciful Country is a masterpiece o… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event A.L. Kennedy and Anna Schudt on a country where marionettes have the say

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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    • Englisch Deutsch

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Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: For the past 46 years, the virtuoso has been playing concerts in all of the world’s best music venues and shaping the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. The incredible talents of the four-time Grammy award winner are evident in her technical virtuosity and the unparalleled expression of her musicality. She is committed to both traditional compositions as well as to the future of music, and she regularly premieres new works. Moreover, she is dedicated to nurturing great new musical talents and supports numerous benefit p… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Anne-Sophie Mutter and the books of her life

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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Once upon time, there was an American avant-garde that took on its biggest enemies and amusingly battled them in thick novels full of racing dialogue and biting satire. Two of these giants, who would have been celebrating their 100th birthdays about now, lived on Long Island, just a few miles apart: William Gaddis (1922–1998) and Joseph Heller (1923–1999). Both authors wrote novels that show the true face of a world teetering on the edge of the abyss. Heller became world famous with his anti-war satire “Catch-22”, and a few years later wrote “Something Happened”, the definitive office novel. Gaddis’s no… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Rediscovered: When the system goes off the rails! Barbara Auer and Paul Ingendaay on the prophetic authors William Gaddis and Joseph Heller

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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“Tomorrow night I will tell you something even more exciting and entertaining than all that.” Through the power of storytelling, Scheherazade is able to tame the terrible Sultan and escape death again and again. “1,001 Nights”, also known as “Arabian Nights”, has become a classic of world literature. In this concert, WDR Funkhaus Orchestra presents compositions inspired by the work. Turkish composer Fazil Say sets a party night in the harem to music with “1001 Nights in the Harem”, young Jordanian composer Zeina Azouqah dedicates her new composition particularly to the diverse female characters in t… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event 1,001 Cliffhangers. Arabian Nights with Claudia Ott and the WDR-Funkhaus Orchestra

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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For more than 10 years, Commissaire Georges Dupin has been investigating in Brittany. Each new case in this crime fiction series takes him to a different fascinating place in this highly diverse region, most recently in “Breton Nights”. With the travel guide Dupins Bretagne [“Dupin’s Brittany”], best-selling author Jean-Luc Bannalec leads us to the settings and regions portrayed in the series and through “his” Brittany. From Dupin’s favorite restaurant (L’Amiral) to the fantastic rock formations of Belle-Île, the exceptional restaurants in the narrow streets of Saint-Malo and the enchanted forest Brocéliande… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Jean-Luc Bannalec: Dupin’s Brittany, a travel guide. With Gerd Köster

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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Seit über zehn Jahren ermittelt Kommissar Georges Dupin bereits in der Bretagne. Mit jedem neuen Fall verschlägt es ihn an einen anderen faszinierenden Ort dieser so vielfältigen Region. Zuletzt erschien „Bretonische Nächte“. Mit dem Reiseführer Dupins Bretagne stellt Bestsellerautor Jean-Luc Bannalec die Schauplätze und Gegenden seiner Krimireihe vor und führt durch seine Bretagne. Von Dupins Stammrestaurant, dem „Amiral“, über die fantastischen Fels nadeln der Belle-Île, die ausgezeichneten Restaurants in den Gassen Saint-Malos und den mythischen Artuswald Brocéliande bis hin zu den berühmten Salzgär… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: Jean-Luc Bannalec: Dupins Bretagne. Ein Reiseführer. Mit Gerd Köster

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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Bosse has long been one of Germany’s highest-profile musicians. He has an incredible gift for stories and virtuosity with language. For more than 15 years, he has been perfecting the great art of songwriting. His eighth album, Sunnyside, reached number one in the charts. Tens of thousands of fans came out to celebrate him and his music during his last tour. In conversation with Sabine Heinrich, he talks about the art of songwriting, his inspiration and his journey as a musician. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The most beautiful time with the lyrics of Bosse

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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The freshly brewed headlines of the day, served by Micky Beisenherz. He follows the media (both online and offline) vigilantly and with great humor. Micky rummages through the most important cover stories, editorials and tweets of the day, serving up a news omelet for us. Four times a week as a podcast. During a live recording at lit.COLOGNE, he will discuss the day’s current topics and give us reading tips both au courant and timeless. This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Live-Podcast: Micky Beisenherz invites you for an apocalypse and a cup of drip coffee

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel retired six weeks ago and moved to the Uckermark region with her husband and her pug. After her turbulent life in Berlin, however, she finds it difficult to settle into tranquil country life. Just baking and hiking soon gets boring. But when Baron Philip von Baugenwitz is poisoned and found dressed in knight’s armor in a dungeon that is locked from the inside, Angela is revitalized. Supported by her loving husband and her gentle bodyguard Mike, she sets off on the dangerous search for the murderer. Based on the bestseller Murder in the Uckermark by David S… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Katharina Thalbach as former Chancellor “Miss Merkel”

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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“Bin nebenan – Monologe für zuhause” [“I’m next door – Monologues for at home”] is a collection of 12 episodes about people and their attempts to furnish a home. The colors mint green and light blue to ward off danger from outside, cozy rituals to relieve panic attacks, the perfectly clean kitchen as a pseudo-sacred space. This is a text marathon about shaky life foundations and interior spaces in need of renovation, about odd and uncertain people who are in a battle for survival against themselves and their environment in small parallel universes. Playwright and screenwriter Ingrid Lausund (“The Crime-Sc… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Monologues for at home – With Bjarne Mädel, Fritzi Haberlandt and Bastian Pastewka

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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Bin nebenan – Monologe für zuhause, das sind zwölf Episoden über Zeitgenossen und ihre Einrichtungsversuche. Mint und Hellblau gegen Bedrohungen von außen, Gemütlichkeitsrituale gegen Panikattacken, die perfekt geputzte Küche als pseudosakraler Raum. Ein Textmarathon über wackelige Lebensfundamente und sanierungsbedürftige Innenräume, über skurrile und verunsicherte Menschen, die in ihren kleinen Paralleluniversen Überlebenskämpfe mit sich und ihrer Umgebung ausfechten. Die Theater- und Drehbuchautorin Ingrid Lausund („Tatortreiniger“) öffnet die Tür zu zwölf Wohnungen und gibt den Blick frei auf Gemütlichke… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: Monologe für zuhause. Mit Bjarne Mädel, Fritzi Haberlandt und Bastian Pastewka

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  • Date: Fri. 10 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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Marc Elsberg specializes in plotting out future scenarios in thriller form. Again and again, he portrays hauntingly real scenarios: from the collapse of the power supply (“Blackout”) to the dangers of freewheeling capitalism (“Greed”). In °C – Celsius, he tackles a topic that affects all of humanity: Using advanced technology, China wants to take control of the climate. A danger for political stability and a project that could end fatally … Host: Günter Keil This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Marc Elsberg - Whoever controls the climate controls the world

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Ostermann-Saal
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The publication of “The Summer House, Later” in 1998 catapulted Judith Hermann into the upper echelons of German-language contemporary literature. Her most recent novel, “Home”, was celebrated by critics and readers alike. Now in Wir hätten uns alles gesagt [“We Would Have Told Each Other Everything”], she talks about her writing and the sensitive phase of mid-life, of friendship, awakenings and freedom. “Judith Hermann’s books are unflinching explorations of the human condition” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Host: Knut Elstermann This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Judith Hermann – We would have told each other everything

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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Over the past year, have you tried to count the number of times someone has made you shake your head or want to tear your hair out? You’re probably rolling your eyes right now as you read these lines. This is the state of being annoyed. This is the exasperation that darkens our mood when we look in the newspaper in the morning or question every plan with a sigh: Who knows what’s going on there now? Cordula Stratmann and Bjarne Mädel will explore how we can bring back the twinkle in the eyes of our sullen faces with the help of David Sedaris, Joachim Ringelnatz, Dorothy Parker, Michel de Mont… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event I CAN’T STAND IT! Cordula Stratmann and Bjarne Mädel are annoyed by exasperation

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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Haben Sie sich im vergangenen Jahr mal die Mühe gemacht zu zählen, wie oft Sie den Kopf über Ihre Zeitgenoss:innen geschüttelt haben, wie oft Sie sich über sie die Haare gerauft haben? Wahrscheinlich rollen Sie gerade mit den Augen, während Sie diese Zeilen lesen. Das ist der Verdruss. Verdruss ist der Flunsch, den unsere Stimmung zieht, wenn wir morgens in die Zeitung schauen oder hinter jedes geplante Vorhaben ein Fragezeichen setzen mit dem Seufzer: Wer weiß, was da wieder los ist? Wie wir in unseren verdrossenen Gesichtern wieder das Augenzwinkern etablieren, werden Cordula Stratmann und Bjarne… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: ICH BIN’S LEID! Cordula Stratmann und Bjarne Mädel stemmen sich gegen den Verdruss

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Sartory-Säle, Sartory-Saal
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“The shadow realm is the paradise of the dreamers. Here they find unlimited land where they can grow whatever they want,” said Kant. And Lessing asked: “We do not believe in ghosts anymore? Who says that? Or rather, what does that mean? ... During the light of day, one happily makes fun of the ghosts, and in the dark of night, speaks of them with horror.” There are the ghosts and spirits from beyond. And there are the horrific beings from the earthly realm whose ghastliness is not supernatural. The infernal trio of the Thalbach clan – mother, daughter, granddaughter – is the ideal constellati… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Phantoms and horrors – Katharina, Anna and Nellie Thalbach scare themselves

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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„Das Schattenreich ist das Paradies der Phantasten. Hier finden sie ein unbegrenztes Land, wo sie sich nach Belieben anbauen können“, wusste Kant. Und Lessing fragte: „Wir glauben keine Gespenster mehr? Wer sagt das? Oder vielmehr, was heißt das? […] Man hört beim hellen Tag mit Vergnügen über die Gespenster spotten und bei dunkler Nacht mit Grausen davon erzählen.“ Auf der einen Seite stehen jenseitige Geister und Gespenster, auf der anderen Horrorwesen, die im Irdischen verankert sind und deren Schrecken nicht dem Übersinnlichen entspringt. Das Trio infernale des Thalbach-Clans – Mutter, Tochter, Enkelin –… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event ZUSATZVERANSTALTUNG: Grausen, Geister und Gespenster – Katharina, Anna und Nellie Thalbach gruseln sich

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 15:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Am I free? This is a question asked not only by the greatest thinkers of our time, but also probably by everyone at least once in their lives. And the answers to this question can be just as diverse as they are unsatisfactory. Nevertheless, it is a question worth exploring. It can tell us how we see ourselves as individuals or even legitimize our personal actions. We are looking for the most exceptional literary answers: Interested young writers (ages 16-26) can submit a short story, essay or poem (max. five A4 pages, font size 12) by February 11 via email to… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event OffSpring Award 2023 – Am I free? With Nadja Küchenmeister and Luise Wolfram. A competition for young writers

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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“A gloriously rambunctious satire of tyranny, oppression and rebellion, with global relevance,” wrote the Guardian about the new book from Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo. Just one of many laudatory reviews. Glory is the story of a nation of animals in the midst of political upheaval. After the fall of the country’s leader, hope arises – hope for an equitable future, for prosperity and change. But the regime fights back with all its power ... until a young female goat returns from exile and changes everything. With fanciful and vivid language, NoViolet Bulawayo tells the story of a society… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Glory - With NoViolet Bulawayo and Anneke Kim Sarnau

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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    • wheelchair friendly (no toilets) Available
    • Englisch Deutsch

Did the world’s most intelligent fish become extinct because of a computer error? The Brahmasamudram Mining Company is likely responsible for destroying the habitat of The Venomous Lumpsucker with its deep-sea mining operations. But it’s no problem in Ned Beauman’s brilliant and hilarious near-future satire because companies can trade in “extinction credits” if they have contributed to killing off a species. This time, however, big business has made a big mistake. The last lumpsucker must be found! “You might be forgiven for thinking that a novel about impending ecological disaster and mass extinction … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Ned Beauman and Fritzi Haberlandt save the venomous lumpsucker!

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available

On average, Germans laugh six minutes per day. Probably less in recent months. But today we are going to give those 80 facial muscles we need to laugh a workout. Because Corinna Harfouch will be presenting old, new and future classics of humorous literature: Everything from Eva Menasse’s laconic humor (“Mein Vater war eine Sturzgeburt”) to the bizarre writings of Sven Regener (“Frank, bist du das? Du klingst so komisch”). And together with author Traudl Bünger, who will guide us through this evening, we will answer questions such as: What happens when we laugh? Can we learn humor? Was Freud correct wh… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event “You sound so funny” Corinna Harfouch and Traudl Bünger are on the lookout for laughs

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  • Date: Sat. 11 March 2023
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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    • Sign language Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + toilets Available
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