24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

Herkunft: Switzerland

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

Levin Westermann

Levin Westermann was born in 1980 in Meerbusch and studied at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main as well as at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern. In 2012, he published his first poetry collection »unbekannt verzogen« (tr: address unknown). Even in his début texts, the fundamental themes of individual

Leo Tuor

Leo Tuor was born in Rabius in the Swiss canton Graubünden in 1959. The native Rhaetian attended a German Benedictine boarding school in Disentis and later studied Philosophy, History and Literature in Zurich, Fribourg and Berlin.  Tuor trained to be a secondary school teacher but is more active as a

Léonie Bischoff

Léonie Bischoff, born in Geneva in 1981, is a comic book author and illustrator. She studied at the École supérieure des arts Saint-Luc and worked as a bookseller for a year after receiving her diploma. After several contributions to various anthologies, Bischoff’s first independent publication appeared under the title »Princesse

Laurin Buser

Laurin Buser was born in 1991. The son of a Swiss family of actors won the Swiss U20 poetry championship at age 16. Since then he has led a varied life between international poetry tours, own theatre productions (»Wunder. Welt. Wort«; tr.: Wonder. World. Word), theatre performances, and films. He

Lara Stoll

Born in Schaffhausen in 1987, Lara Stoll currently lives in Winterthur. She has been performing in German-speaking regions for three years and is considered an emerging Swiss talent in the slam scene. In September 2006 she won the Swiss championship in the U20 category. At the 2006 National Slam in

Kati Rickenbach

Kati Rickenbach, born in 1980 in Basle, discovered her love of comics in a prep course at the city’s School for Design. She studied illustration from 2001 to 2004 at the University of Design and Art in Lucerne. In 2004 she spent an exchange year in Hamburg in the class

Jonas Lüscher

Jonas Lüscher, born in 1976 in Zurich, grew up in Bern, where he trained to be a primary school teacher at the evangelical teacher’s seminar in Muristalden until 1998. For a few years, he worked as a dramaturge and story developer in the German film industry and studied from 2005

Jean Ziegler

Jean Ziegler was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1934. He studied law, sociology and political sciences and lectured in sociology at the University of Geneva. His numerous publications are commonly dedicated to the economic and political situation of third world (»Wie kommt der Hunger in die Welt?«, 2002), but also

Ilma Rakusa

born 1946 in Slovakian Rimavská Sobota, she studied Slavik and Romance languages in Zurich, Paris and St. Petersburg. In 1971 she wrote her dissertation on the theme of loneliness in Russian literature and worked as an assistant at the Slavonic Institute of Universität Zürich. Since 1977 she is assistant professor

Hugo Loetscher

Hugo Loetscher was born in Zurich in 1929. He worked as editor in chief of the »Weltwoche« and as literary editor of the journal »du«, whose supplement he founded. He has been a freelance writer since 1969, writing novels, plays, travelogues and essays. Loetscher was President of the Swiss Writer’s