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Start of the advance sale of the 14th international literature festival berlin

The advance sale for the 14th international literature festival (ilb) starts today. The festival will take place from the 10th until the 21st of September 2014 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other locations and present current international literature in Berlin. The complete program will be released on the 27th of August 2014.

Pankaj Mishra (India/GB), awardee of the Leipzig Book Prize of European Communication 2014 will hold this year’s opening speech.

A special feature of the 14th ilb are the premiere readings by authors whose books will be presented in Germany for the first time – this year including Andrea Bajani (Italy), John Burnside (GB), Judith Hermann (GER), Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David Vann (Alaska / GB) and Tao Lin (USA).

Other authors including Junot Díaz (Dominican Republic/USA), Jhumpa Lahiri (UK/USA), Stewart O’Nan (USA), Nadeem Aslam (Pakistan/UK), and Yvonne Adhiambo-Owuor (Kenia) will be presenting their work in the form of readings, poetry nights, and political panels.

The section »International Children’s and Young Adult Literature« presents a selection of new books, exceptional in content and form and accessible not only for young readers , but also for adults. Many of the books will be presented by the authors or illustrators for the first time in Germany. This year the 15 participating guests of the section are Martin Baltscheit (GER), Iwona Chmielewska (Poland), Gabriela Cichowska (Poland), Michael De Cock (Belgium), Ursula Dubosarsky (Australia), Finn-Ole Heinrich (GER), Marta Ignerska (Poland), Kim Dong-sung (South Korea), Jon Klassen (Canada/USA), Filippos Mandilaras (Greece), Truus Matti (Netherlands), Patrick Ness (USA/GB), Alessandro Sanna (Italy), William Sutcliffe (GB), and Martina Wildner (GER). The first events for »International Children’s and Young Adult Literature« have already been for sale since the 10th of June. You can find the program here: For advice about the program and the advance sale, call (030) 278786-66/-70 from Monday to Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, or mail to

In the last year the ilb intensified the successful work on the interfaces between literature, cultural studies, philosophy, theology and other sciences with a project about international images of ageing. This course will be continued with a series of events on »Cultures of Trust«. Within the program »Anniversary of the Reformation 2017«, 15 international authors were invited to write essays about the understanding of »trust« in their cultures. The thus evolving intercultural and interreligious panorama will be presented – as a measure of trust – at numerous religious places in Berlin, reaching from a mosque to a Buddhist parish house. Participating authors are amongst others Lukas Bärfuss (Switzerland), Amanda Michalopoulou (Greece), and Abasse Ndione (Senegal)..
The examination of the computer game as a current form of narration which started at the ilb 2013 will also be continued. Within the » Science Year 2014 – The Digital Society« – the ilb presents »Next Level – Computer Games and Literature« – drafts of computer games written by international authors, who invented them without considering their feasibility. The game drafts will be presented on the world’s biggest computer game fair, the in Cologne, and at the ilb. They will be discussed by programmers of computer games and scientists with different areas of research. The participating authors are amongst others Shane Anderson (USA/GER), Christopher Brookmyre (GB), Ulrike Draesner (GER), and Wladimir Kaminer (Russia/GER).

Debating political discourses and developments is a characteristic trait of the ilb since its foundation and will be continued this year in events about the topic of »investigative journalism« and more.
On the 8th of September, the ilb will hold a Worldwide Reading for Edward Snowden, to demand from the US-government to refrain from all legal charges against Snowden. Until then, the members of the EU are called upon to grant asylum to the whistleblower. The committee of the Nobel Prize is asked to consider Edward Snowden for the Nobel Prize for Peace – in recognition of his unique, selfless service towards democracy, freedom and peace for all of us. You can find further information at

Another recurring part of the ilb is the Graphic Novel Day, which will take place for the fourth time to present national and international comic artists in Berlin.

The tickets for a selection of authors will be available from today on in the box office of Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Box office Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin
Monday - Saturday von 14.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
Phone: 0049(03)0/254 89-100
or at

and at all known ticket agencies.

A ticket for all events costs € 80, € 60 (students), € 40 (pupils and friends of the ilb).

The costs for the advance sale vary depending on the ticket agency.

The ilb would like to thank all its supporters, especially the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin, who ensures core financing, and the Department of Foreign Affairs for funding the intercultural exchange within the ilb. Furthermore we thank the Delegate of the Government for Culture and Media for funding the project »In your Hands – Cultures of Trust« within the support program »Anniversary of the Reformation 2017«, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for funding of the project »Next Level – Computer Games and Literature« within the »Year of Science 2014 – The Digital Society« (, the Berlin Administration of Culture, for funding parts of the comic-activities of the ilb with means of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the program »Promotion of Innovation Potential in Culture« (INP), and our host, the Berliner Festspiele.

We would be glad to have you as our guest!