Berlin’s International Literary Fest Provides a Showcase for World Lit, Politics of Publishing

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Amanda DeMarco

• All eyes may be turned to Frankfurt, but Germany’s capital Berlin just wrapped up its own popular literary festival with 279 authors from 63 countries appeared at 232 events. • At the Festival author Alberto Manguel called American publishing “one of the worst and most dangerous things that has happened to the works of art and literature.” By Amanda …

Berlin Introduces “Literary Surveillance Cameras”

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Commuters at a certain subway station in Berlin might be feeling a bit paranoid this week thanks to a project dreamt up by Argentinian artist Mariano Pensotti. Pensotti arranged four Berlin writers — including Tilman Rammstedt, winner of the Bachmann Prize — at different points on the subway platform at the Hallesches Tor station, armed with their …

German Edition of Franzen’s Freedom Suffers from Dual Translators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The massive 736-page tome that is the German edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, has just been released in Germany to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is already quickly racing up the list of Amazon.de’s top-selling titles. However, in a round-up of industry news, Buchreport sums up the Süddeutsche Zeitung‘s coverage of the release with a question about whether the …

App Downloads Explode: 755m in Germany, 3.9bn Worldwide in Q1 & Q2

In What's the Buzz by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Germans love their apps now more than ever. Based on data provided by the market research institute research2guidance, BITKOM [the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media] estimates that German mobile phone users will have downloaded 755 million apps by the end of 2010 — that’s a 78% increase over last year. In the first …

Shortlist for Germany’s 2010 “International Literature Prize”

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced the shortlist for its second annual “International Literature Prize” for books that have been translated into German. The seven-member jury — which includes Gregor Dotzauer (literary critic for Der Tagesspiegel), Katharina Narbutoviç (head of the DAAD’s Berlin artists program) and Peter Ripken (chairman of ICORN – International Cities of Refuge Network), made its selection from a pool of …

Do Publishing Stunts Sell Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Chilean artist collective Casagrande, along with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, dropped 100,000 poems over Berlin as a protest against war and a statement in favor of forgiveness. This was a case of “literature as protest,” but more often than not, publishing stunts are being used to promote specific titles. Yesterday came the news …

Chilean Artists Bomb Berlin with 100,000 Poems

In Growth Markets by Siobhan O'Leary

• On Saturday, Chilean artist collective Casagrande, along with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, dropped 100,000 poems over Berlin as a protest against war. • This is the fifth instance of the “Poetry Rain” project, which has also taken place in four other cities that were subject to intense aerial bombings during their history. By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Last Saturday night, just as the …

Germany’s Thalia Bookstore to Launch Dedicated E-Reader in October

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Following in the footsteps of Barnes & Noble in the US, Germany’s largest book chain Thalia is set to release its own e-reader in October. In a statement to the Boersenblatt, Thalia spokeswoman Mirjam Berle announced that further details about the device (including partners secured) would be revealed on September 4th at the IFA conference in Berlin. …

How Much Do You Tip in Frankfurt?

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A taxi driver in Munich once told me that Americans give the best tips out of any nationality. He was of course willing to accept those bigger tips, but what is polite and how much are you really supposed to give? Taxis Taxi drivers in Germany are accustomed to relatively small tips. Anywhere between 50 cents and …