In Frankfurt, Germany at the moment? In this new local book geek series, I will compile the most notable literary events happening in my adopted hometown of Frankfurt am Main each month. The focus will be on SFF-inal authors and works, but I’ll make an exception for anything of word-geek interest. Wish you were here…
MAY 7. A reading in three authors.
Dietmar Dath, Lars Popp, and Alban Nikolai Herbst—all important contemporary authors of German fantastic literature—will read from their latest work and discuss the genre. Note the term “fantastic” which implies Literature, as opposed to “Fantasy,” which implies the opposite. (Harumpf, she said, quietly to her laptop.)
Guys I am going to this tonight, and I am really fucking excited. Dietmar Dath has been recommended to me repeatedly as a noteworthy literary German SF author. I am currently reading his most recent novel, Venus Siegt (translation: Venus Victorious), and I am impressed. What will three fantastic German fantastic authors say about the fantastic genre?! (That it is fantastic? Should I make a drinking game out of fantastic word use?) What new titles will I discover through their conversation? Will I get my book signed? Will there be alcohol? Answers to these questions and more next week when I report back on how it went.
Location: Hessisches Literaturforum,Waldschmittstr 4
Time: 8 pm
Cost: EUR7 (door), EUR 4 (advance)
MAY 9. Free Comic Day.
That’s Gratis Comic Tag to you, German traveler. German, Austrian, and Swiss comic publishers have created 30 comics for the event, and you can get a handful of them for free by visiting your local comic store on May 9.
MAY 31. Visit from Visit author Antje Damm.
Bring the kids along to this afternoon event because Ms. Damm is going to read from her recent children’s book Der Besuch (translation: The Visit). It’s not SF or F, but it is a gorgeously illustrated book that received the Leipziger Lesekompass 2015 honor at the Leipzig Book Fair. She will also read from her 2012 children’s book Hasenbrote, which received the Kinderbuchpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen that year. Both books were published by the Frankfurt-based Moritzverlag.
Location: Literaturhaus Frankfurt
Time: 3 pm
MAY 31. A literary walk.
The student-run group Literaturbetrieb (who also organize lectures and readings and the like) have put together a walk through Frankfurt’s literary history for what we hope will be a sunny Sunday afternoon. Frankfurt literary history hangs heavily upon the shoulders of Goethe, but many other authors have put pen to paper here as well. Or gotten a monument in their name to make Frankfurt look more cultured.
Location: Start at the fountain in front of the Old Opera House (Hauptwache or Alte Oper nearest stations)
Time: 2 pm
Goethe image (cc) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Ffurt-goethe2.JPG
What literary events will you be attending this month?