Herkunft: Switzerland

Nina Wehrle

Nina Wehrle was born in 1984 in Willisau in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. From 2003 to 2008, she studied at the Hochschule für Design & Kunst in Lucerne, the oldest educational institution of its kind in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, and completed an Erasmus semester at the respected

Nicolette Kretz

was born 1977 in Bern, studied performance studies and works as dramatic advisor, author and performance poet. She has been competing in poetry slams from Bern to Copenhagen and from Berlin to New York since 2001. Her texts can be found in German, Swiss German and English. In 2008 the

Michail Schischkin

Mikhail Shishkin was born in Moscow in 1961. He studied at the faculty for Romance and German languages and literature of the National College for Education in Moscow, then worked for three years for the youth journal »Rovesnik« (tr: The Coeval), followed by five years as a German and English

Michael Fehr

Michael Fehr was born in 1982 and grew up in Bern. He studied at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel and at the Bern University of the Arts. In 2013, he made his début with »Kurz vor der Erlösung: Siebzehn Sätze« (tr: Close to Salvation: Seventeen Sentences), a volume that

Melinda Nadj Abonji

Melinda Nadj Abonji was born in the small town of Bečej in Serbia. Her family belonged to the Hungarian minority there in the province of Vojvodina. At the age of five, she emigrated with her parents to Switzerland, where she grew up next to Lake Zurich.At the University of Zurich,

Matthias Zschokke

Matthias Zschokke was born in 1954 in Bern and grew up in the Swiss Mittelland region. He completed acting school in Zurich and was then employed at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, whose theatrical director at that time was Peter Zadek.His prose debut with the novel »Max« came in 1982. In addition

Max Dudler

born in 1949, studied in Frankfurt and Berlin and worked for O. M. Ungers until he became self-employed in 1986. He has participated in many competitions with designs characterized by Rationalism and Minimalism and he has built several libraries, for example the Folkwang Library in Essen. His most important projects

Matthias Gnehm

Matthias Gnehm was born in Zurich in 1970 and received his diploma in architecture from the ETH in 1999. Since graduating, he has worked as an independent freelancer, first as a comic artist, architect, and stenographer. Today, he is a freelance author and illustrator of graphic novels as well as

Martin Suter

Martin Suter was born in Zurich in 1948. His first job was as a copywriter and creative director in advertising. He has worked exclusively as an author since 1991.His debut novel »Small World« (1997) was translated into English in 2001 and follows the story of Konrad Lang, who suffers from

Manuela Kalbermatten

Manuela Kalbermatten born in 1980 in Bürglen, Switzerland, studied German literature, European popular literature and media and communication science in Zurich, where she wrote her dissertation on gender in future fiction for young adults. She writes about children’s and young adult literature for various media. She lives in Winterthur, is

Lukas Bärfuss

Lukas Bärfuss was born in Thun in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, in 1971. After finishing school, he worked as a bookseller, among other things. Since 1991 he has worked as a freelance writer and dramatic adviser. In 1998 he and director Samuel Schwarz formed the still-active artists’ group 400asa,

Lucien Leitess

born in 1950, Leitess studied history, philosophy, and German literature. In 1975, he founded Unionsverlag publishing, which he has headed up ever since. On the 40th anniversary of its founding, he described the house’s consciously international imprint, with 818 books translated from 38 languages, by saying, »the winds of the