The ticket sales for the 13th international literature festival berlin has started

The 13th international literature festival berlin (ilb) will take place between 4th and 15th September 2013 in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other locations. The ticket sales  has started.

First information about the line-up:

Between the opening speech by Taiye Selasi and the closing event with Salman Rushdie, who will speak about his autobiographic novel “Joseph Anton”, close to 200 events of contemporary international literature will be presented in Berlin. A special feature of the ilb are the premiere readings by authors whose books will be presented in Germany for the first time (Hannah Dübgen, Mohsin Hamid, Daniel Kehlmann, Georg Klein, Liao Yiwu, Eshkol Nevo, Jeet Thayil, and Lila Azam Zanganeh).


Other authors, including José Eduardo Agualusa, Khaled Al-Khamissi, In Koli Jean Bofane, Roberto Calasso, Rafael Cardoso, Bora Ćosić, Patrick Deville, Mathias Énard, Ashur Etwebi, Arnon Grünberg, Helon Habila, Antjie Krog, Julia Leigh, Ben Lerner, Alain Mabanckou, José Manuel Prieto, Joachim Sartorius, Habib Selmi, Samuel Shimon, Roman Simić, Tzveta Sofronieva, Robinson Solo, Felix Stephan, and Koenraad Tinel will be presenting their work in the form of readings, lectures, or speeches. Within the “International Children’s and Young Adult Literature” programme series, participating guests are, among others: Milena Baisch, Azouz Begag, John Boyne, Chen Jianghong, Inés Garland, Yves Grevet, Finn-Ole Heinrich, Joke van Leeuwen, Raquel J. Palacio, Andreas Schulze, Ruta Sepetys, Seyyed Ali Shodjaie, Bhajju Shyam, Janne Teller, and Józef Wilkoń.


One focus within the festival is a debate on the subject of “age”. 25 events as part of the “Welt-Weisheit” (“Wisdom of the World”) project will look at society’s understanding of growing-old, as well as at scientific research on the subject. International authors like Dacia Maraini, Georg Stefan Troller, Franz Hohler, and Herb Wharton will read from essays that have been written specially for the festival. The main topics are “growing old”, “experiences in life”, “wisdom” and “co-operation among the generations”. In the “Reflections” series, authors and well-known scientists like Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer from the German Center for Gerontology will talk with the audience about how age is perceived in science and literature.


Debating current political discussions and developments is a characteristic trait of the ilb programme. This series will be continued by a discussion with one of Pakistan’s most important political journalists from, Ahmed Rashid, with the authors Shereen El Feki (“Sex and the Citadel”), and Geert Mak (“America”). Furthermore, the Spanish judge Carlos Castresana, who has earned international recognition as a strong rival of corruption and who was state prosecutor in the law suit against Pinochet will also be participating.

Another reoccurring part of the programme is the GRAPHIC NOVEL DAY on which we will be presenting national and international comic artists.

On June 4th, the ilb will hold a Worldwide Reading for Li Bifeng, a Chinese author who has been imprisoned repeatedly because of his regime-critical writings. The last conviction included a 12-year sentence because of supposed economic offences. The time he had spent in prison before this last conviction already adds up to a total of 12 years. Further information at

The ticket sales for this selection of authors has started today in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele (phone 0049(0)30.25489-100 or

25.08.2013 19:00 Uhr

Liao Yiwu (China/D): »The dong-dong dancer and the cook from Sechuan«

04.09.2013 18:00 Uhr

Opening: Taiye Selasi (GB/I)


04.09.2013 20:30 Uhr

Voices of Kongo: Robinson Solo, Alain Mabanckou and In Koli Jean Bofane

04.09.2013 20:30 Uhr


05.09.2013 19:30 Uhr

Ahmed Rashid (Pakistan) over Afghanistan: »War on Terrorism«


05.09.2013 21:00 Uhr


06.09.2013 19:30 Uhr

Ahmed Rashid (Pakistan) over Pakistan


06.09.2013 21:00 Uhr

Geert Mak:United States Of Europe?


07.09.2013 19:30 Uhr

Göran Rosenberg (S): Following father’s tracks to Auschwitz


09.09.2013 19:30 Uhr

John M. Coetzee (ZA/ AUS): "Die Kindheit Jesu"


10.09.2013 09:30 Uhr

John Boyne (IRL): "Barnaby Brocket" Reading and discussion in German


10.09.2013 12:00 Uhr

John Boyne (IRL): "Barnaby Brocket"

Reading and discussion in English



11.09.2013 19:30 Uhr

Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan/GB): »How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia«


13.09.2013 19:30 Uhr

Lila Azam Zanganeh (F/USA): Nabokov and Happiness


13.09.2013 21:00 Uhr

Shereen El Feki (Kanada/GB): Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

14.09.2013 18:00 Uhr

Salman Rushdie (IND/ USA): about »Midnight’s Children« and his great novels


14.09.2013 20:00 Uhr

Roberto Calasso (I) in a discussion with Lila Azam Zanganeh (F/USA) about Baudelaire


14.09.2013 21:00 Uhr

Jeet Thayil (IND): Stories from Rashid’s opium den


15.09.2013 11:30 Uhr

Salman Rushdie (IND/ USA) »Joseph Anton«


15.09.2013 18:00 Uhr

TRISTRAM SHANDY - EAn oratorio after Laurence Sterne


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


The ilb would like to thank all its supporters, especially the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin, who ensure core financing, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for funding the project “Wisdom of the World”, which is taking place as part of the “Science Year 2013 - The demographic chance”(www.demografische– Also, we would like to thank the Berliner Kulturverwaltung for supporting the Graphic Novel Day and the comic-related activities of the ilb with funds for the “Promotion of Innovation Potential in Culture” (INP) programme from the “European Social Fund for Regional Development” (EFRE). Additionally, we would like to thank the Berliner Festspiele for nine years of support and hospitality.


We would be glad to have you as our guest!


Kind regards


Ulrich Schreiber (Festival Director)