What are you up to early next week? Consider stepping out for two readings in English, with writers of renown.
The first one, “Black Marigolds,” takes place at the centrally-located Moritzbastei (Universitätstr. 9) on Monday, May 16th. It’s a collective poetry reading featuring Peter Warren, from England. He’s got a journalism career spanning nearly 30 years. He has reported for various newspapers internationally, including on the first Gulf War for The Guardian. The published author is also a broadcaster, cybercrime expert and, of course, poet. The two other writers reading then will be seasoned English journalist, BBC broadcaster, press freedom soldier and occasional reviewer Jane Whyatt; and regular LeipGlo contributor and Greek poet Lito Seizani. The poetry reading runs from 3 to 4 p.m. and is free to get in.
On Tuesday, May 17th, it’s time to head out west to Schaubühne Lindenfels (Karl-Heine-Straße 50). The event “Tiere und andere Vögel” features Justin Torres, described by the venue as “one of the most interesting young voices of American contemporary literature.” The son of a Puerto Rican father and a mother of Italian-Irish descent, he drew upon such roots to write his debut novel, We the Animals (2011). The book became a bestseller on the lists of several major U.S. newspapers, and has been translated into 15 languages, including German. Torres – who teaches at UCLA and is currently the Picador Guest Professor at Uni Leipzig – will be reading from his novel on Tuesday. Also reading from her work will be award-winning Viennese novelist Teresa Präauer, currently the Samuel Fischer Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin. Literature lovers in town may remember that she was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2015. Their reading starts at 7 p.m. and costs €8 (full) or €5 (reduced) to get in. It is free for students with a valid student ID.