(P)Review 23rd ilb – Day 2

© Charlotte Kunstmann
© Charlotte Kunstmann

Dear audience,

The 23rd international literature festival berlin has started! Yesterday’s festival opening brought together literature lovers from all over the world and from Berlin to the Otto Braun Hall of the Berlin State Library. Greetings from Minister of State for Culture and Media and 23rd ilb patron Claudia Roth, Senator for Culture and Social Cohesion Joe Chialo, and new festival director Lavinia Frey got the audience in the mood for the speech by Italian author Francesca Melandri, who spoke about the importance of memory culture. With a reading by the Berlin winner of the German Book Trade Reading Competition Celia Spickhoff, a panel between Navid Kermani, Manjeet Mann and Francesca Melandri, moderated by Vivian Perkovic, and musical accompaniment by the Trickster Orchestra, the evening marked a successful start to a magical international literature festival berlin.

Missed the event? Here you can watch the recording of the festival opening.

What’s On Today?

You can look forward to the book premiere of Ilija Trojanow’s new novel “A Thousand and One Tomorrows”. At the Bertelsmann Repräsentanz, Sunjeev Sahota (UK) and Cheon Myeong-kwan (South Korea) will present their wresorks for the first time on a German stage. Meanwhile, at the Staatsbibliothek unter den Linden, our Special Iran kicks off with German-Iranian slam poetry and a panel on the feminist revolution in Iran with Navid Kermani, Gilda Sahebi and Amir Gudarzi.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events today!

Your ilb team