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23 Book Premieres in the Children´s and Young Adult Program of the 2016 international literature festival berlin


The complete program of the International Children’s and Young Adult Literature section of the 16th international literature festival berlin (7-17 September 2016) was already published on August 1st and can be accessed here (in German).

 31 writers, illustrators and academics from a total of 16 countries will be taking part in the ilb Children´s and Young Adult Program. A total of 220 events will be taking place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and 23 other locations over the course of the program as well as before and afterwards. 28 books are to be presented within this section of the festival, 23 of which as book premieres. Workshops, public discussions, exhibitions and various other special events also form part of the program alongside the readings. The section will get going on September 7 with an opening speech by writer Ruta Sepetys (USA), who will also be presenting her novel SALT TO THE SEA about the National Socialist cruise ship »Wilhelm Gustloff« as a German premiere.

The twelve writers and illustrators Carll Cneut (Belgium), Simon van der Geest (The Netherlands), Alex Gino (USA), Guojing (China/Singapore), Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany), Judith Kerr (Germany/United Kingdom), Kenneth Oppel (Canada), Håkon Øvreås (Norway), Özge Samanci (Turkey/USA), Allen Say (Japan/USA), Ruta Sepetys (USA) and Jakob Wegelius (Sweden) form the core of the program, each of whom will be presenting their new books in person at the festival.

Aesthetically remarkable picture books are represented at the festival with works such as DE GOUDEN KOOI by Carll Cneut (Belgium), THE ONLY CHILD by Guojing (China/Singapore), ARNO UND DIE FESTGESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRÄNKTER HAFTUNG by Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany) and KAMISHIBAI MAN by Allen Say (Japan/USA). The LGBTI* children’s novel GEORGE by Alex Gino (USA), THE NEST by Kenneth Oppel (Canada) and BRUNE by Håkon Øvreås (Norway) are just a handful of examples of how innovative and challenging contemporary children’s books can be, with all three titles also to be presented at the festival. As far as the young adult’s novel is concerned, formally and thematically striking books as SPINDER by Simon van der Geest (the Netherlands), SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys (USA) and MÖRDARENS APA by Jakob Wegelius (Sweden) also form part of the section’s program. The comic DARE TO DISAPPOINT by Özge Samanci (Turkey/USA) takes a critical look at the Turkey of the 1980s and 1990s. And with MR. CLEGHORN´S SEAL, author and illustrator Judith Kerr (Germany/United Kingdom) presents a loving homage to her father, theatre critic Alfred Kerr. An overview of the books to be presented in the section:

AIRBORN by Kenneth Oppel (Canada)

ARNO UND DIE FESTGESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRÄNKTER HAFTUNG by Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany)

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys (USA)

BRUNE by Håkon Øvreås (Norway)

DARE TO DISAPPOINT by Özge Samanci (Turkey/USA)

DE GOUDEN KOOI by Carll Cneut (Belgium)

GEEL GRAS by Simon van der Geest (The Netherlands)

GEORGE by Alex Gino (USA)

GRANDFATHER´S JOURNEY by Allen Say (Japan/USA)

KAMISHIBAI MAN by Allen Say (Japan/USA)

LEGENDEN OM SALLY JONES by Jakob Wegelius (Sweden)

MISTER CLEGHORN´S SEAL by Judith Kerr (Germany/United Kingdom)

MÖRDARENS APA by Jakob Wegelius (Sweden)

ROSEL VON MELATEN by Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany)

SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys (USA)

SPINDER by Simon van der Geest (The Netherlands)

THE NEST by Kenneth Oppel (Canada)

THE ONLY CHILD by Guojing (China/Singapore)

UNDER THE CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE – AN OLD JAPANESE TALE by Allen Say (Japan/USA)

The following special events will also be taking place alongside the section’s core program:

At the »Queer around the world – LGBTI* and Children´s and Young Adult Literature« conference, academics Julia Benner (Germany), Maureen Maisha Eggers (Kenya/Germany), Anne Mihan (Germany), Niels Penke (Germany), Markus Pfalzgraf (Germany), Anika Ullmann (Germany) and Benedikt Wolf (Germany) will be taking about the presence of LGBTI* characters in children’s and young adults’ literature.

The »Comic Connection« project involves Mina Braun (Germany), Inga Israel (Germany), Sebastian Lörscher (France/Germany) and Mawil (Germany) giving workshops for young refugees spanning several months in collaboration with other artists. The results of the workshop will be shown at an exhibition at the Weinmeisterhaus from September 8 to October 28.

»Books – Made VAE« is an project initiated by the Goethe-Institut to establish a culture for quality picture books in the United Arab Emirates. Maitha Al Khayat (United Arab Emirates) and Noura Al-Khoori (United Arab Emirates) are our guests at the festival and will be speaking about the project and their literary work.

With Flanders and the Netherlands being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, the section is presenting additional readings by Gideon Samson (The Netherlands), David Van Reybrouck (Belgium) and Bette Westera (The Netherlands) alongside the regular events involving Carll Cneut (Belgium) and Simon van der Geest (The Netherlands). Original illustrations will be presented at the »THE GOLDEN CAGE – Magnificent Poultry by the Flemish Picture Book Artist Carll Cneut« exhibition at the Staatsbibliothek Berlin during the festival.

Two guests from the ilb evening program Zeina Abirached (Lebanon/France) and Boulaem Sansal (Algerien) will also be appearing at the ilb Children´s and Young Adult program.

The »Osmodrama Festival Berlin« (July 15 to September 18) is presenting a new artistic approach referred to as the »osmodrama”« In cooperation with the ilb, a reading from the children’s novel GEEL GRAS by Simon van der Geest (The Netherlands) is taking place with individual smells being composed in tandem – as a world premiere of the »osmadrama« literary format.

The »The Extraordinary Book 2016« exhibition at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and Philipp Schaeffer Library will present book recommendations made by the festival guests that are particularly suitable for children, young people, or young adults. These book recommendations are also available here.

Shel Silverstein (USA) and his poetry volume WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS form the core of the retrospective. The »ilb Generation« format, which is already taking place for the tenth time this year, involves young literary critics moderating selected readings from the festival, which will carried out together with authors Ruta Sepetys (USA) and Jakob Wegelius (Sweden) for this edition. In three master classes, Guojing (China/Singapore), Sebastian Lörscher (France/Germany) and Ruta Sepetys (USA) explain what constitutes a good picture book, a good comic, or a good novel respectively. The 7th ilb U20 Poetry Slam pits pupils from different Berlin schools against one another, with Yusuf Rieger (Germany) as the featured poet. The debating competition »Reading Foxes International« brings children from Central and Eastern Europe learning German into contact with German-language young adult literature. The final of the international competition involving 14 school children takes place in Berlin for the second time already. At the »Poetry Project«, refugees from Afghanistan aged between 14 and 18 will read their own poems about their fears and yearnings and how it feels to be foreign.

The section’s events are open to all those interested regardless of age. Each event is, however, allocated a non-binding recommendation as to which school classes it’s best suited to. Tickets have been on sale since June 6. Advance tickets and information on the guests, program, event locations and prices are available via kjl@literaturfestival.com or (030) 278786—66/—70. The full section program is available here (in German).