As a prelude to our Literary Mews – a festival within the PEN World Voices Festival -
, the current writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus at NYU, and the Swiss author
(writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 2010), will read from and discuss their work, focusing on a sense of place and how the location one writes in influences the act of writing.
How do the cities, countries, and continents a writer has lived in or visited, influence the words he or she puts on a page? What is it like to write about one place, while firmly rooted in another? Both Bernd Cailloux and Daniel Zahno have engaged with this subject matter in great depth and will discuss their experience and the inspiration behind their work with the journalist
, born in 1945 in Erfurt, is the author of novels, short stories, essays, and radio plays. In 1968 he founded the experimental artist collective “The Leisure Society”, which influenced the German music and art subculture in the following years. His novel
Das Geschäftsjahr 1968/69 [The Fiscal Year 1968/69]
, in many ways a precursor to Gutgeschriebene Verluste
, received outstanding reviews in the media and was nominated for the German Book Prize in 2005. The author is based in Berlin.
calls both Basel and New York home. He is known for his light, humorous and entertaining work, which simultaneously touches subtly on deep existential issues. His books
have received numerous awards, including the Clemens-Brentano-Prize of the city of Heidelberg. Daniel Zahno has been a fellow at the International Writers Colony Ledig House, New York, and the Istituto Svizzero in Venice. He was a member of the programming commission for the Swiss Literature Days of Solothurn and had the honor of presenting the noble prize winner J. M. Coetzee there. In 2010 he was a writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus at New York University. In 2009 he published his first novel
Die Geliebte des Gelatiere
. His most recent novel, and the first to be based in New York is
, which came out in 2013.
left Germany for New York City in 1980, and has been covering a wide range of subjects such as art, travel, design, social issues, and fashion for German publications like
Vogue, Die Zeit, Cicero, Kunstzeitung
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
. She has been the U.S. correspondent for the German architecture and design magazine
Architektur & Wohnen
since 1999 and has also written for the home section of
The New York Times, Surface
Interior Design Magazine
. In 2012, she co-directed the documentary
New York - City at the Water
with Claudia Müller for the French/German television station
. She is currently writing a script on the Rockaway peninsula after Hurricane Sandy and recently wrote the introduction to Stefan Falke's photo book
La Frontera - Artists along the US-Mexican Border
, which will be published in May.
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as well. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event