24. ilb
Evening program: Sept 05 – 14, 2024
Young program: Sept 09 – 18, 2024

Herkunft: USA

Sabaa Tahir

was born in the Mojave Desert, California, into a family running an eighteen-room motel. Immersed in an environment of fantasy novels, comic books, and music, her affinity for literature took root early on. Her educational journey led her to a career as a newspaper editor where she worked night shifts,

Donna Barba Higuera

Donna Barba Higuera was born in 1969, in a small town in Central California. As a child, her interests lay in stories, often dialing the library’s dial-a-story service and fabricating her own eerie narratives inspired by an off-limits pioneer cemetery. This early fascination with storytelling, combined with her life experiences

Laurie Halse Anderson

born in 1961 in Potsdam, New York, started her career as a journalist before shifting to work part-time in a bookstore, allowing her the freedom to pursue her literary ambitions. After garnering success with her powerful young adult novels, she committed herself fully to writing, teaching, and speaking. »Speak« (1999),

J. M. M. Nuanez

J. M. M. Nuanez, born and raised in California, has lived in diverse places, including Texas, the Pacific Northwest, and South Korea. Her path through life has been marked by a keen inclination towards nature. This love for the natural world can be seen reflected in her work. Her debut

Sefi Atta

Sefi Atta, born in Lagos in 1964, is an award-winning writer and former accountant who resides in the United States, England, and Nigeria. Her early career saw her qualify as a Chartered Accountant in England and a Certified Public Accountant in the US, followed by a Master of Fine Arts

Werner Herzog

was born in Munich in 1942. He moved with his family to the remote Bavarian mountains when he was just two weeks old, shaping his life profoundly. He received no formal education in filmmaking, opting instead to learn the craft through self-study. Notable for his vivid storytelling and daring cinematic

Ibtisam Azem

Ibtisam Azem was born in Tayibe, northern Jaffa, where she spent her formative years. Her academic endeavors brought her to Germany, where she pursued an M.A. in Islamic Studies, complemented by minors in German and English Literature from Freiburg University. Later, she graduated from New York University with an M.A.

Jeffrey Eugenides

born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960, attended Brown and Stanford Universities. He first rose to acclaim with his debut novel, »The Virgin Suicides« (1993). The book is told by a collective narrator of middle-aged men who try to piece together the mystery of the collective suicides of five sisters in

Liana Finck

Liana Finck, a prolific graphic artist and author, was born in 1986 in New York State. She developed a passion for drawing early on and pursued her interests academically, earning her BFA from Cooper Union College in 2008, with concentrations in fine art and graphic design. She further expanded her

Jordan Ifueko

born in Los Angeles, established herself as a New York Times bestselling author recognized for the »Raybearer« series and the Disney-Marvel comics »Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur«. Accolades in her name include being a Nebula Award, Ignyte Award, Audie Award, and Hugo Lodestar finalist. Noteworthy features of her work have

Jennifer Neal

Jennifer W. Neal, born in the United States, is an author, producer, visual artist, standup comedian, and occasional musician, now residing in Berlin. Her diverse work has been internationally recognized in various publications, and her debut book, »Notes on Her Color« was published by Catapult (US) and Penguin Random House

Idza Luhumyo

Born in 1993, in Mombasa, Kenya, Idza Luhumyo is a rising star in African literature. Her journey began with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi (2016), followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law (2019), grounding her narratives in legal realities and societal