ilb Jahre: 2016

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a writer and lawyer who was born in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. She studied law at the University of Zimbabwe and at Cambridge, and completed her doctorate at the University of Graz. An international lawyer specializing in the World Trade Organization, most recently, she worked for

Peter Bofinger

born in 1954, is an economist, and professor of economics at the University of Würzburg. He studied economics at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, where he wrote his doctoral thesis in 1984 on monetary competition and qualified as a professor in 1990. Bofinger has been a member of the

Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh was born in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast. He studied theater and was a cofounder of an award-winning theater troupe for which he both wrote and directed plays. After moving to London McVeigh wrote comedy shows, which were staged at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West

Patrick Kingsley

Patrick Kingsley, born 1989, is an international correspondent for The New York Times, based in Berlin. He previously covered migration and the Middle East for The Guardian. He was named Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year at the 2015 British Journalism Awards, and is the author of two books: »How

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra was born in the northern Indian town of Jhansi in 1969. After studying commerce at the University of Allahabad, he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He began to write reviews for newspapers such as »The Indian

Paolo Giordano

Paolo Giordano was born in the Italian city of Turin in 1982, and studied physics at the University of Turin. At the age of 22, while studying for his final exams, he discovered his interest in writing as a hobby. He began by writing short stories that focused on childhood.

Özge Samanci

Özge Samanci was born in Izmir, Turkey. She started drawing comics at a young age and soon went on to publish comics for a weekly Turkish satirical magazine. After studying film and television at Istanbul Bilgi University, she travelled to the United States to earn a master’s degree in communication

Noura Al Khoori

Noura Al-Khoori was born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1982. Even before she could read, she enjoyed listening to stories told by her parents. Indeed, the passing on of fables and tales is an integral part of the culture in many Arab countries, and Al-Khoori’s family was no

Nir Baram

Nir Baram was born in Jerusalem in 1976. His father held two different ministerial roles under Yitzhak Rabin, which meant that Baram grew up in a liberal, left-wing political environment. He studied Hebrew literature at the University of Tel Aviv and today works as a publisher and editor at the

Nikolaus Heidelbach

Nikolaus Heidelbach, author and illustrator, was born in Lahnstein am Rhein in 1955. He studied German language and literature, art history and theatre studies in Cologne and Berlin. While still a student he made his literary début with an illustrated work for adults and in 1982 published his first book

Niña Weijers

Niña Weijers was born in 1987 in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, where she also grew up, and studied literary theory in Amsterdam and Dublin. Her short stories, essays and articles have been published in a range of literary magazines such as »Das Magazin«, »De Revisor« and »De Gids«, where

Niels Penke

born in 1981 in Lüneburg, studied German, Scandinavian studies and philosophy in Göttingen, where he also wrote his doctoral thesis on Ernst Jünger in 2011. His research focuses on German and Scandinavian literature, as well as horror, fantasy, metal and children’s and young adult literature. Penke teaches in Siegen and