ilb Jahre: 2020

Olaf Kühl

born in Sanderbusch in 1955, earned a degree in Slavic Studies and East European History before founding the Ost-West-Büro (OWB) for Eastern European consultation and translation in Berlin. He earned his doctorate in 1995 and worked as an interpreter and translator for the governing mayor of Berlin, where he has

Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk was born in 1962 in Sulechów near Zielona Góra in Poland. She studied clinical psychology at University of Warsaw. After graduating she initially worked as a therapist. Her first novel »Podróż ludzi Księgi« (tr: The Journey of the Book-People) was published in 1993, and was hailed by the

Nino Paula Bulling

born in Berlin in 1986, is a comic artist and illustrator who studied at the University of Art and Design in Halle an der Salle. Their graphic novel debut »Im Land der Frühaufsteher« (tr: In the Land of the Early Risers) focuses on the living conditions of refugees in Saxony-Anhalt.

Nora Bossong

Nora Bossong was born in Bremen in 1982. She studied cultural studies, philosophy, and literature in Leipzig and Potsdam, at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and at La Sapienza in Rome. She completed her studies with a master’s thesis on the element of evil in David Lynch’s works.Her début novel »Gegend«

Nie Jun

Nie Jun was born in Qingdao in the province of Shandong in 1975. His interest in drawing started at a young age; before he began producing his own comics, he would reproduce paintings and drawings from traditional Chinese pocket picture books (Lianhuanhua) as well as international comic series. As a

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, born in England, is the author of the groundbreaking »Sandman« comics, which received nine Eisner Awards, was described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into »art«. He published »Neverwhere«, »Anansi Boys«, »Good Omens« (with Terry Pratchett), »Smoke and Mirrors«, »Fragile Things«, »Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and

Necla Kelek

born in Istanbul in 1957, is a social scientist, publicist and women’s rights activist. She studied economics and sociology and wrote her doctoral thesis on Islam in everyday life. She has published numerous books, most recently »The Unholy Family: How Islamic Tradition Deprives Women and Children of Rights « (2019).

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah was born in Spring Valley, New York, to Ghanaian parents in 1990. He studied English, journalism, and film studies at the University of Albany, State University of New York, and received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, New York, where he teaches

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa in 1981 while Somalia was falling deeper into dictatorship. In 1986 she moved to London with her family in what she thought was a temporary move but a couple of years later it became permanent as war broke out in Somalia. She was educated

Moon Chung-hee

Moon Chung-hee was born in Posŏng in 1947 and grew up in Seoul. Even as a schoolgirl, she won several prizes for her poems, which she already began publishing as a child. She was the first woman in Korea to publish her poetry independently. In addition, she received lessons from

Michi Strausfeld

born in Recklinghausen, she studied English, Spanish, and French literature in Cologne. In Bonn, she completed her PhD with a dissertation on Gabriel García Márquez and the new Latin American novel. From 1974 to 2008, she was the head of the Spanish and Latin American literature section at Suhrkamp Verlag,

Michael Wildenhain

Michael Wildenhain was born in West Berlin in 1958. He began studying industrial engineering in 1977, switched to philosophy in 1981, and then decided to pursue a degree in computer science in 1985. He has been a freelancer since his 1987 internship at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. His wide-ranging