ilb Jahre: 2020

Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England in 1983. After school, she worked in a hospital in Japan and travelled around Australia and New Zealand. She then studied literature and philosophy at Warwick before moving to Bath. She wrote her debut novel »Ways to Live Forever« (2008) in a writing

Samanta Schweblin

Samanta Schweblin was born in Buenos Aires in 1978. She studied cinematography at the University of Buenos Aires and subsequently founded an agency for web design. Her first anthology of short stories, »El núcleo del disturbio« (tr: The Nucleus of Unrest) was published in 2002 and was awarded the prestigious

Rory MacLean

born in Vancouver in 1954, is best known for the travel books »Stalinʼs Nose« (1992), about his surreal journey from Berlin to Moscow after the fall of the Berlin Wall, »Magic Bus« (2006) which retraced the Asia Overland »hippie trail«, »Berlin: Imagine a City« (2014), and »Pravda Ha Ha« (2019)

Richard Ford

Richard Ford was born in 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi. He studied literature and law but also was employed as a railroad worker and a teacher and a science editor. Along the way he worked as a sports reporter, work which afforded him material with which to write the novel »The

Raza Ahmad Rumi

is a Pakistani writer and expert on Pakistani politics and development. He has worked for national and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank. As a journalist, he writes for international newspapers such as »The Friday Times« and blogs on »Jahane Rumi«. He survived an

Piers Torday

Piers Torday, son of English writer Paul Torday, was born in Northumberland in 1974. He attended Eton College then studied at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a writer for theater, live comedy shows, and television. After attending an Arvon writing course, he wrote his first book for

Piotr Karski

Piotr Karski, born in Warsaw in 1987, studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He writes and illustrates children’s books and has received several national and international awards. His educational activity book »Meer!« was nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award. He makes his living as

Peter Van den Ende

Peter Van den Ende was born in Antwerp in 1985. He learned various design techniques and began working intensively on art as a schoolchild. After graduating from high school, he initially studied biology, but his passion for drawing ultimately prevailed. It was the visual wealth of nature that triggered his

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

Pajtim Statovci

Finnish-Kosovar writer Pajtim Statovci was born in 1990. He was two years old when his family emigrated from Kosovo to Finland to avoid political unrest. Statovci studied comparative literature at the University of Helsinki, where he is pursuing his doctorate, as well as dramatic writing at the Aalto School of

Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf, born in 1981, is a British author,  women’s rights activist, and founder of two NGOs: O’s Refugee Aid Team which mobilises aid convoys and funds to help frontline refugee response teams across northern France and Greece; and Making Herstory, an organisation which fights for the rights of

Olivier Guez

Olivier Guez, born in Strasbourg in 1974, is a French writer. He graduated from Sciences Po Strasbourg and earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and the Collège dʼEurope in Bruges. As a journalist, he has written for »Le Monde«, »Le Point«, »FAZ«, »New York Times«, and