The advance ticket sales for the 15th ilb begins today

The advance ticket sales for the 15th international literature festival berlin (ilb) begins today. The festival will take place from the 9th until the 19th of September 2015 at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other locations and will present contemporary international literature in Berlin. The complete programme will be published on the 26th of August 2015.

This year’s opening speech will be held by award-winning author, columnist and translator Javier Marías (Spain) on 9th September at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Ilb will lay emphasis on the art of literary translation in an event series curated by Frank Heibert (GER) which will open with a presentation on the topic by himself.

The 15th ilb will feature book releases this time around too, by authors such as Jenny Erpenbeck (GER), Katharina Hacker (GER), the winner of the 2015 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade Navid Kermani (GER), Norman Ohler (GER), Clemens J. Setz (A), Zeruya Shalev (Israel), Adelle Waldman (USA) and Ulrich Wickert (GER) among others – these are authors whose new books will be presented for the first time worldwide or in Germany.

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham (USA), last year’s Booker Prize laureate Richard Flanagan (Australia), David Foenkinos (F), Pulitzer Prize winner Ha Jin (China/ USA), Booker Prize laureate Kazuo Ishiguro (Japan/ GB), Peter Stephan Jungk (USA/ F), former Charlie Hebdo editor Luz (F), David van Reybrouck (BE), International Prize for Arabic Fiction winner Shukri Mabkhout (Tunisia),  Elif Shafak (Turkey/ GB), Adam Thirlwell (GB), Meg Wolitzer (USA), Samar Yazbek (Syria/ F) and Banana Yoshimoto (Japan) are among the other authors who will come together for readings, Poetry Nights and political panels.

Ilb has helped build up the work on the intersection between literature, the sciences and social movements in recent years. This will continue through several event series with a philosophical and feminist focus with guests like J. Jack Halberstam (USA), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (India/ USA) as well as Mona Eltahawy (Egypt/ USA) and Laurie Penny (GB).

Other central themes include literature and politics in Pakistan, with guests such as Mohammed Hanif, Ahmed Rashid, Raza Ahmad Rumi (Pakistan) and Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan/GB).

The programme section International Children’s and Young Adult Literature will open with a speech by author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (GB). Once again, textually and aesthetically exceptional books for young readers will be at the centre of the section. International authors and illustrators like David Almond (GB), Roddy Doyle (Ireland), Jenny Jägerfeld (Sweden), Javier Martínez Pedro (Mexico), Jandy Nelson (USA) and Kaatje Vermeire (BE) will present their new books, many of them for the first time.

Within the framework of Science Year 2015 »Zukunftsstadt« (City of the Future), the ilb will present its programme »Visions 2030. Authors and Scientists on the Future of Cities«. Twelve international authors will discuss their texts exclusively written for the festival with twelve scientists from different disciplines. The kaleidoscope of future visons of the city will be complemented by the series »Talks of the city«. The authors Kevin Barry (Ireland), Mircea Cărtărescu (Romania), María Sonia Cristoff (Argentina), Roddy Doyle (Ireland), Sónia Gomes (Angola), Helon Habila (Nigeria/ USA), Rawi Hage (Lebanon/ Canada), Perihan Mağden (Turkey), Suketu Mehta (India/ USA), Ondjaki (Angola/ Brasil), Laura Restrepo (Colombia/ Spain) and Boualem Sansal (Algeria) will be participating in this programme. programme. The video presentation with the title »Death and life of urbanity« by students of the Anhalt University (architecture department) under the direction of Omar Akbar will complete the programme.

The Graphic Novel Day has been a regular feature of ilb for the last four years and will present national and international comic artists – this year, for instance, Riad Satouff (Syria/ F). Last but not least, ilb will explore the art of playing football through a literary lens with a book dedicated to Borussia Dortmund.

The tickets for a selection of authors will be available from now on via internet, telephone or 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.

The ilb would like to thank all its supporters, especially the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for funding of the project »Visions 2030. Authors and Scientists on the Future of Cities« within the »Year of Science 2015 – City of the Future«, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, our mobility partner BMW and our host in the 11th year, the Berliner Festspiele.

This year’s official festival poster was designed like last year by Sunandini Banerjee, editor, translator, book designer and illustrator of the Calcutta-based publishing house Seagull Books: