Leipzig is Lit

2018-10-26

Two translators and a writer: Katy, Roberta and Clemens

Last night at UT Connewitz, the old, former movie theater that now serves as an event location in the south of Leipzig, I was able to be in the audience for a rare and special occasion. Two translators sat on stage with an author and yet the event didn't focus on the author. Instead, the author…

2018-10-18

Frankfurt Wrap-Up: The Publishing World May Think the Sky’s Falling but…

Even though I know plenty of people who love to hate Frankfurt and the book fair that has been taking place there each autumn for centuries, I’m actually quite fond of the event. Full disclosure, I probably would not have started going to the fair in 2010 if my parents-in-law didn’t live at the end of …

2018-09-29

A Question For the Jury - On interviewing Uwe Kalkowski

Even if you, Dear Reader, might have already thought this blog was self-centered, narcissistic, and boring, today I’m going to top that by doing something meta: blogging about an interview with a blogger who is on the jury of a literary prize (one that’s actually important). So click away or hold ont…

2018-09-22

Feminine, Foreign and Historic - This Year’s German Book Prize Short List

Initially conceived as an analog to the Man Booker Prize, the German Book Prize has been around for over ten years now and has produced many illustrious winners and highly lauded books on the short lists. However, despite increased awareness for gender disparities among literary prizes, this year’s s…

2018-09-15

All the Dead Ladies

Strictly speaking, attending literary events in Berlin doesn’t fall within the purview of “Leipzig is Lit,” but the initial reason for my trip to the capital was related to translation work. At the end of August I had received a short-notice commission to translate the introductory essay of Sabine Scho’…

2018-09-08

She Said (a #metoo anthology)

I have to admit, after having enjoyed an extended vacation with my family, I had trouble getting back into the swing of things aka everyday life in Leipzig. So I spent a lot of time of at the lake on the southern edge of town—called “Cosi” by the locals—and sleeping in. There were a few events in Berlin …