22. ilb 7. - 17.09.2022

berlin reads

Since 2012, the opening of the ilb has been 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. Parents who read a very special book to (their) children may also take part in the action!

We call on all interested parties – private individuals as well as institutions – to read a prose text or poems of their choice at a location of their choice on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Please register your reading at the latest by August 30, 2022: berlinliest@literaturfestival.com

The international literature festival berlin recommends books by authors who will be coming to Berlin in September. We would be glad, if any of you were to read from these books. However, self-written or other selected texts can also be read.

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 on social media.

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.


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


Margaret Atwood, Die Füchsin (Poems)
Anneli Furmark, Bring mich noch zur Ecke (Graphic Novel)
Kim Hye-Jin, Die Tochter
Reinhard Kaiser-Mühlecker, Wilderer
Ilya Kaminsky, Republik der Taubheit (Poems)
Mieko Kawakami, Heaven
Dacia Maraini, Trio
Lauren Oyler, Fake Accounts
Pilar Quintana, Hündin
Maria Stepanova, Nach dem Gedächtnis
David Van Reybrouck, Zink

International Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Kate Allen, Tage der Mondschnecke / The Line Tender
Angeline Boulley, Firekeeper’s Daughter
Laura Carlin, Ein Baum ist ein Anfang / The Promise
Gulraiz Sharif, Ey hör mal! / Hør her’a!
Kristina Sigunsdotter, Neele Nilssons Geheimnisse / Humlan Hanssons Hemligheter
Sam Thompson, Der Junge, der mit den Wölfen spricht / Wolfstongue
Hana Tooke, Die elternlosen Erlebnisse der unzertrennlichen Fünf / The Unadoptables