Saturday, March 29, 2008

PEN World Voices Festival 2008

My favorite time of year for pure literary rapture is on the horizon. The PEN World Voices Festival will take place this year from April 29 to May 4. The schedule of events and list of participants were recently posted online, and as everyone else has already said in their blog posts, there are tons of awesome and rapture-inspiring events to attend. I plan to be at as many events as possible in order to get the maximum dose of literary rapture.

There was talk at the end of the last festival about reducing the number of participants and events. While this should have meant limiting the number of authors from a certain region, the German speakers are participating in record numbers this year!

Here are the eight participants from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland along with their most recent English-language works (some are forthcoming):

Daniel Kehlmann, (Measuring the World / Vermessung der Welt)
Michael Krueger (The Executor: A Comedy of Letters / Die Turiner Komödie)
Jutta Richter (The Cat: Or How I Lost Eternity / Die Katze: oder wie ich die Ewigkeit verloren habe)
Evelyn Schlag (Concrete Queen / Architektur einer Liebe)
Bernhard Schlink (Homecoming / Die Heimkehr)
Ingo Schulze (New Lives / Neue Leben)
Sasa Stanisic (How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone / Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert)
Erika Stucky, cabaret singer

In addition, the festival will feature two tribute events for deceased authors Thomas Bernhard and Robert Walser.

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