24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

berlin reads

berlin liest im James-Simon-Park © Charlotte Rauth

The city-wide reading performance to kick off the 23rd ilb.
Since 2012, we have been getting in the mood for the international literature festival berlin [ilb][ilb] with the »berlin reads« campaign In doing so, we invite all Berlin literature enthusiasts, whether private individuals or institutions, to read at a location of their choice. This year, we are again encouraging works by authors who will visit us in Berlin this September. The city-wide reading performance offers a taste of the festival and is a welcome for the arriving authors. Parents who read to children and those who wish to read self-written or other selected texts are also welcome.

Please register your reading at berlinliest@literaturfestival.com no later than August 30, 2023. When doing so, please include the time and place of the reading, as well as the title and language of the text being read. You are responsible for obtaining the rights.



Feel free to choose the place of your reading yourself. Be it on the train, in front of your house door, at your local community organisation, at your favorite café or Späti, in a gallery or in public places, at the pool or in a park.


A reading should not take longer than 30 minutes.


You can read in any language. Please mention which language your text will be in when signing up.


For the registration and advertising of your event on our website, we need the following details:

  • Your Name
  • title of your selected work
  • name of the author
  • venue of the reading
  • the exact time of your reading
  • in what language you will read


Ibtisam Azem, The Book of Disappearance
Bora Chung, Cursed Bunny
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex
Dinçer Güçyeter, Mein Prinz, ich bin das Ghetto [German poems] [Gedichte]
Idza Luhumyo, Five Years Next Sunday
Salman Rushdie, Victory City

International Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Mickaël Brun-Arnaud, Mémoires de la Forêt [French]
Gary Lonesborough, The Boy from the Mish
Manjeet Mann, Run, Rebel
Elle McNicoll, A Kind of Spark
Jordan Scott, I Talk Like A River


Oliver Ficco
Reads in French from his novel Le Rêve de Cassandre
At 5.30 pm
Venue: Backyard of the Zadig Book Store in Gipsstraße 12

Vertretung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz beim Bund und bei der Europäischen Union
Daniela Dröscher
Reads from: Lügen über meine Mutter
Kiepenheuer&Witsch, 2022
Venue: Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz, In den Ministergärten 6, 10117 Berlin
Time: 3 pm (Admission starting 2.30 pm)
Language: German

Other events

LeseProfis der Gutenberg-Schule
Date: September 10, 2023
At 2 pm
Venue: Schulhof der Gutenberg-Schule, Sandinostr. 10, 13055 Berlin
Language: German
Authors and Titles: miscellaneous, mostly children’s and young adult literature

Clara Cosima Wolff
reads from her work: Algorithmische Affären und Binärcodebekenntnisse oder Wie schaffen wir gemeinsam Text?
Venue: Book Store lyrigma, Steinmetzstraße 40, 10783 Berlin
Date and Time: September 13, 2023, 19.30
Language: German