berlin reads

Ever since 2012, the opening of the ilb is preceded by »berlin reads«, a city-wide campaign where all bookworms and authors are encouraged to read a text they’ve chosen – or one recommended by ilb – at a place of their choice. In this way, a city-wide literature performance takes place as a warm-up to the festival and a welcome to our arriving authors.

This year we call for the city-wide reading performance »berlin reads« on 8 September, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The international literature festival berlin recommends twenty books by authors who will (in part) be coming to Berlin in September. We would be glad, if any of you were to read from these books. Inspiration can also be found in the special themes of the 21st ilb: 'Visions of Bioeconomy', 'Echo Echo. Indigenous Voices', 'Graphic Novel Day', 'Identity Politics and Wokeness - Totalitarianism of the "Left"?' and 'Words of Love and Hate: Misogyny vs. Female Empowerment'.

Readings by third parties from texts that are not in the public domain must always be authorised by the publisher; this also applies to the permanent online publication of the reading. Such permission may be subject to a fee.
The translation of a text into another language is also only possible with the permission of the publisher and author. Reading rights for original versions of a text translated into German are usually held by the original foreign publisher.

The registered readings will be advertised on the ilb website and in social media.

During the readings, please observe the currently valid rules of conduct of the Berlin Senate Administration with regard to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

How to Participate

You are free to choose the location for your reading – be it in the subway, in front of your own door, in a community center, at a bookstore, in your favorite café or kiosk, at a gallery, at a public space, next to an open-air pool or in a park.

The reading should last no longer than 30 minutes.

Readings can be in any language. When you register, please include what texts will be read and in what language.

Please register your reading at the latest by August 30, 2021:

To register and in order for your event to be announced on our website, we need the following information:

  • Your name
  • The title of the selected work
  • The name of the author
  • The location of the reading
  • The exact time of the reading
  • In which language the reading will take place

One week before the festival starts, we will announce all readings on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We are looking forward to a great literature performance »berlin reads«, and hope that September 8, 2021 will be an inspiring and literature-rich day for all participants!


Aleksandar Hemon: Meine Eltern

Adam Zagajewski: Poesie für Anfänger

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen: Wo der Wolf lauert

Charlotte Van den Broeck: Wagnisse

Evie Wyld: Die Frauen

Fernanda Melchor: Saison der Wirbelstürme

Hiromi Ito: Dornauszieher

Jenny Erpenbeck: Kairos

Leila Slimani: Das Land der Anderen

Louise Erdrich: Der Nachtwächter

Sandro Veronesi: Der Kolibri

Steven Appleby: Dragman

Tayari Jones: In guten wie in schlechten Tagen

Thomas Brasch: Der schöne 27. September


Recommendations International Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Oriol Canosa: Post aus Paidonesien

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: Die Sternenleserin und das Geheimnis der Insel

Elisabeth Steinkellner: Esther und Salomon

Elisabeth Steinkellner: Vom Flaniern und Weltspaziern

Willy Vlautin: Lean on Pete




Anna Kindermann

Reads from: „Die zwölf Heldentaten des Herkules" by Anna Kindermann

Location: Heinrich-Schulz-Bibliothek, Otto-Suhr-Alle 96, 10585 Berlin

Time: 9:15 am

Language: German

This event is not open to the public.


Kirsten Müller-von der Heyden

Reads from: „Il Paese Degli Altri“ (Engl. title: The Country of Others) by Leïla Slimani

Location: La Vecchia Posta di Riace, Garibaldi 18, 89040 Riace (RC), Italy

Time: 11:00 am

Language: Italian


TIO e.V. - Projekt Girls´Studio

Reads from: „Briefe an die Zukunft: Meine Träume von einer gerechteren Welt“, written by participants of the "TIO-Girls´-Studio Class

Location: Reuterstr. 78, 12053 Berlin

Time: 11:00 Uhr

Language: German

This event is not open to the public.


Daniel Boente 

Reads from: Mithu M. Sanyal, Identitti © 2021 Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, München. (nominated for the Deutscher Buchpreis 2021)

Location: Terrasse des PalaisPopulaire, Unter den Linden 5, 10117 Berlin

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Language: German

No registration required.

More information:

Monika Aurich

Read from: "Maria Stuart" by Friedrich Schiller

Location: Fennsee/Kreuzung Blissestraße/Mecklenburgische Straße, Berlin

Time: 12:50-1:30 pm

Language: German

Salongalerie Die Möwe 


Julia Korbik (Hanser Berlin-Verlag): „Bonjour Liberté“ Françoise Sagan und der Aufbruch in die Freiheit“

Larissa Kohl (Filmproduktion/Schauspiel): „Gedicht Ingeborg Bachmann“

Birge Schade (Schauspiel): Erzählungen, Gedicht

Andreas Pflüger (Suhrkampverlag): „Ritchie Girl“

Franziska Hauser (Eichborn-Verlag): „Die Glasschwestern“ 

Isobel Markus (Quintus Verlag): „Stadt der ausgefallenen Leuchtbuchstaben“ 

Norbert Kron (Hanser Verlag, Gütersloher Verlag): „Ein Zuhause in der Fremde“, „E.T. A Hoffnann“

Sandra Höhne (Kunst/literaturagentin): „Eigener Text“

Cornelia Becker (LangenMüller Verlag): „Wer werde ich sein“-Auszug unveröffentlichter Gedichtzyklus

Mati Shemoelof (Aphorisma Verlag): „Bagda Haifa Berlin“ Gedichte

Frank Willmann (Aufbau Verlag): Erzählungen

Corinna Bergmann (Schauspiel): „Siegfried Lenz Deutschstunde, Charlie Chaplin

Armin Völckers (Künstler): „Thomas Pynchron“ Letzter Absatz aus „Die Enden der Parabel“ (Gravitys Rainbow)

Franziska: Hesse-Erzählungen

Location: Salongalerie Die Möwe, Auguststraße 50B, 10119 Berlin

Time: 13:00-15:00 Uhr

Language: German

Current Covid-19 regulations apply ("3G"rule: fully vaccinated, recovered or tested). Participation is limited to 20 people. Please register at or Provided that there is space left, you may also register in front the gallery at the event.


Elzbieta Kargol and Ewa Maria Slaska

Reads from: „Mauergedichte - Auf den Spuren der Berliner Mauer“  by Elzbieta Kargol und Ewa Maria Slaska

Location: Kleingartenkolonie Oyenhausen, Rosenweg 65, 14199 Berlin-Schmargendorff

Time: 3:00 pm

Language: German


Karen Plate-Buchner und Siegfried R. Schmidt

Read from: "Schwanensee. Kein Ballett. Gedichte" by Karen Plate-Buchner and Poetry by Siegfried R. Schmidt

Location: Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf (Meeting point: bench behind the entrance), Potsdamer Chaussee 75, 14129 Berlin

Time: 4:00 pm

Language: German


Marie Radkiewicz

Reads fromt: Poetry Slam texts by Marie Radkiewicz

Location:  Literaturhaus Berlin, Großer Saal, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin

Time: 4:15-4:40  pm

Language: German


Rahel von Wroblewsky

Reads from:  "Alles ist schwarz - eine Erzählung über Rassismus“ von Rahel von Wroblewsky

Location: Parkbibliothek im Bürgerpark Pankow, Wilhelm-Kuhr-Str. 16, 13187 Berlin

Time: 5:00 pm

Language: German

Ulrich Veit

Reads from: „Der Missbrauch“ by Ulrich Veit

Location: In front of St. Hedwig-Kathedrale, Bebelplatz, 10117 Berlin

Time: 5:00 pm

Language: German


Hjördis Hornung

Reads from: "Meta und Opa. Durch ein Loch durch die Wüste" by Hjördis Hornung

Location: Insel  der Jugend, Steg, 10245 Berlin

Time: 5:00 pm

Language: German


Ekkehard Klausa

Reads from: "Ein Kaiser in Amerika. Überbordender Royalismus in der US-Republik" by Ekkehard Klausa

Location: Restaurant Potemkin, tent and outdoor seating area, Viktoria-Luise-Platz 5, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg

Time: 5:00 pm

Language: German


Anni Kaufhold

Reads from: „Die animalischen Verse“  by Anni Kaufhold (Periplaneta)

Location: Luisenhain, Alt-Köpenick 32, 12555 Berlin-Köpenick

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Language: German


Julia Sohn-Nekrasov

Reads from: "Der  elektrische  Wald" by Julia Sohn-Nekrasov

Location: Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum Universitätsbibliothek, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1-3, 10117 Berlin  

Time: 6:00 pm

Language: German

Shannee Marks

Reads from: "Der Unfall Gehülfe" by Shannee Marks

Location: U-Bahn/Subway station "Turmstraße" at the gate of U9, close to the newspaper stand, U Turmstraße, 10551 Berlin-Moabit

Time: 6:00-6:30 pm

Language: German

Christian Hoffmann

Reads Liebesgedichte (love poems) by Bertolt Brecht

Location: At the entrance of the Borsighaus - Chausseestraße 13, 10115 Berlin (across the street from the Brecht-Haus)

Location: 6:00 pm

Language: German

Guernica Deutsch-Baskischer Kulturverein e.V.

Irati Elorrieta 

Reads from: "Neguko argiak" ("Winterlichter") by Irati Elorrieta 

Location: Medien Galerie, Dudenstr. 10, 10965 Berlin

Time: 6:00 pm

Language: Basque and German

rotefadenbuecher autor:innen

wolfgang hille
nora sauer
alexander makowka
katharina kollmann
navina wienkämper

read from schattendruck.

Location: Stubenrauchrauchstrasze 43-45 (Cemetary), Berlin Friedenau, the grave of philosopher and critic Helmut Bröker (see Info at the entrance), if it rains at Colombarium

Time: 6:30 pm

Language: German

GudrunsTöchter alias Antje Mater & Maria Schimmerohn

Read short stories, „Tobis Gorillas“ by Antje Mater and „35-Minuten-Krimi“ by Maria Schimmerohn 

Location: Spreeufer in front of the Bibliothek des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin

Time: 6:30 pm

Language: German


Little Window Galerie 

Joanne Johnston  und Marcel Kröner

Read from: „Lesen aus der Box“, Poetry by Galeanus Kander

Location: Little Window Galerie (outdoors)  (, Berliner Straße 13, 13187 Berlin

Time: 7:00 pm

Language: German/English


Thaer Ayoub

Reads from: " Flucht der Verfluchten“ by Thaer Ayoub

Location: Vétomat, Wühlischstr. 42, 10245 Berlin

Time: 8:00-9:00 pm

Language: German/ (Arabic)

At the location of the event food is cooked and served between 6 and 8 pm for everyone there.  Visitors are invited to come earlier and join.


Germain Droogenbroodt

Reads from: „Friedensgedicht“ by Germain Droogenbroodt

Pre-recorded, watch on:

Languages: Diverse

Team auf dem Bebelplatz 2019