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

Herkunft: USA

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton was born in Ohio in 1936, the youngest of five children. She grew up on a farm near Yellow Springs that had been owned by her family since 1850 when her grandfather escaped from slavery. The authoress studied Literature and Creative Writing at Antioch College from 1952 to

Viken Berberian

Viken Berberian was born in Beirut in 1966 and grew up on a street called Zokak-el blot, which means the cobbled alley. He moved to Los Angeles in December of 1975, eight months after the start of the Lebanese civil war. Berberian completed graduate studies at Columbia University and the

Timothy Brown

is a Professor of History at Northeastern University. His research focuses on twentieth-century German and transatlantic political and cultural history, radical mass movements and the revolts of 1968, popular music and youth subcultures, and environmental politics. He is Fall Fellow of the American Academy Berlin in 2016.

Taslima Nasrin

born in 1962 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, is a writer, women’s rights activist and former physician. Nasrin gained notoriety for her novel »Lajja« (1993; Eng. »Shame«), which sold 60,000 copies in the first five months of its release. Owing to her feminist views on women’s rights and strong criticism of Islam,

Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta was born in Calcutta in 1963 and grew up in Mumbai before his family emigrated to the United States in 1977. He studied at New York University and took part in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 2008, he became an Associate Professor at the

Saskia Vogel

born in Los Angeles, is a writer and Swedish literary translator. Her début novel »Permission« (2019), a love story set in the Los Angeles BDSM scene, has been translated into four languages and is being adapted for television. She writes about power, sexuality, and pornography for »Paris Review Daily«, »The

Sarah Mirk

After studying history at Grinnell College, Iowa, Sarah Mirk worked as a reporter for alternative weekly newspapers like »The Stranger« and »The Portland Mercury«, where she covered mostly political issues. From 2013 to 2017, she was online editor for the feminism and pop culture organization Bitch Media, then for The

Salman Rushdie

  Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels, »Grimus«, »Midnight’s Children« (which won the Booker Prize in 1981), »Shame«, »The Satanic Verses«, »Haroun and the Sea of Stories«, »The Moor’s Last Sigh«, »The Ground Beneath Her Feet«, »Fury«, »Shalimar the Clown«, »The Enchantress of Florence«, »Luka and the Fire

Raymond Federman

Raymond Federman is internationally considered one of the most influential representatives of postmodern literature.  The French-American writer and literature scholar of Jewish descent was born in 1928 in Paris.  However, he dated his “real” date of birth as July 16, 1942, the day when more than 12,000 people were arrested

Paula Varjack

Paula Varjack has a Ghanaian mother and a British father. She grew up in Washington D.C. and London. The spoken word poet has toured internationally since 2007, and was nominated »Best international Performance Poet« at the Farrago London Slam Awards. Paula Varjack is an independent writer and lives in London

Nell Zink

Nell Zink, born in 1964 in California, grew up in rural Virginia and went to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. She has been interested in nature conservation since she was a child. In 1993 in Philadelphia, she founded the »Fanzine Animal Review«, which published, among others, texts