22.09.2018 Bini Adamczak: Kommunismus für Kinder

22. September 2018, Samstag- 19 Uhr

Lesung und Diskussion mit Bini Adamczak

https://www.facebook.com/events/2140592129538955/

Wir feiern, dass Bini Adamczaks Kommunismus: kleine Geschichte, wie endlich alles anders wird endlich ins Türkische übersetzt wurde! Adamczaks Buch wurde ursprünglich 2004 in deutscher Sprache vom Unrast Verlag veröffentlicht, und mittlerweile in viele Sprachen (Chinesisch, Englisch, Griechisch, Italienisch, Portugiesisch, Serbisch, Spanisch, Tschechisch) übersetzt. Die türkische Übersetzung von Pınar Erol Pur ist vor kurzem bei Versus Kitap erschienen.

In Anwesenheit der Autorin wird aus dem türkischen Text Herkes İçin Komünizm: Her Şeyin Sonunda Varacağı Yerin Kısa Bir Hikayesi gelesen. Es folgt eine Diskussion auf Deutsch und eventuell teilweise auch auf Englisch.

„Wie lässt es sich – jetzt! – 25 Jahre nach dem Ende der Geschichte über das Ende der Vorgeschichte, über Kommunismus schreiben, ohne der Lächerlichkeit eines ohnmächtigen Pathos zu verfallen? Kritische Kritik + Negation der Negation? Aber: sollte sich der Kommunismus auf übelgelaunte Negation beschränken, ohne Traum und Sexappeal? Es bedarf einer kinderleichten Sprache um ein kommunistisches Begehren zu erfinden. »Den Kommunismus machen: das kann ja wohl nicht so schwer sein.«

KOMMUNISMUS ist für alle da. Für Einsteigerinnen und solche, die schon immer an diesem verflixten Fetischkapitel verzweifelt sind: Artisten der Negation, praktische Kritikerinnen und jene, denen das falsche Ganze einfach als zu farblos erscheint. Die kleine Geschichte erweist den Kommunismus gänzlich unzeitgemäß als das wunderlich Einfache + Schöne. Sie folgt einem kommunistischen Begehren: dass endlich alles anders wird.

In ihrem Nachwort skizziert die Autorin die historischen und theoretischen Koordinaten der Konstruktion eines kommunistischen Begehrens“ (Unrast Verlag, 2017).

06.08.2018 – Book Launch with author Sophie Mackintosh: „The Water Cure“

Book Launch with Sophie Mackintosh

co-hosted by The Reader Berlin

06 August 2018, Monday – 8 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/679410565746733/

Limited-seating (admission is on a first-come, first-served basis)

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

“THE LITERARY DEBUT OF SUMMER 2018”

A feminist dystopia which will especially appeal to the fans of Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman, Emma Cline, Deborah Levy and Eimar McBride

“Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake. The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation” (Penguin Random House UK).

Here’s a rave review as well as an interview with Sophie Mackintosh published recently in the Guardian.

„An extraordinary debut novel. Otherworldly, luminous, precise… She is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world“ Guardian

„Bold, inventive, haunting… With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you’ll be bowled over by it‘ Stylist

„Visceral, hypnotic… with one of my favourite endings I’ve read in a long while“ The Pool

„If you’re a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale you’ll love this one“ Evening Standard

„Immensely assured, calmly devastating“ Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered

„A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty“ Eli Goldstone, author of Strange Heart Beating

„Eerily beautiful, strange [and] unsettling“ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

„Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It transported me, savaged me, filled me with hope and fear. It felt like a book I’d been waiting to read for a long time“ Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

08.06.2018 LiteraTOUR Neukölln 2018 – Sprachwandler

08. Juni 2018 – 20:00 Uhr

Sprachwandler – ein Abend zur Kunst des Übersetzens

Die Weltliteratur wird von Übersetzern gemacht, sagte José Saramago: Bei den „Sprachwandlern“ kommen die Autoren hinter den Autoren zu Wort. In Lesung und Diskussion präsentieren drei Übersetzerinnen Lieblingswerke aus ihrem Repertoire.

Mit:

Anke Burger (Eileen von Ottessa Moshfegh, aus dem Englischen)

Sonja Finck (Die Jahre von Annie Ernaux, aus dem Französischen)

Jennie Seitz (Jerusalem von Alexander Ilitschewski, aus dem Russischen)

Moderation: Nadine Püschel

https://www.facebook.com/events/201713010638981/

Im Rahmen von LiteraTour Neukölln 2018 Festival der unabhängigen Buchhandlungen Neuköllns

 

02.06.2018 Offenes Neukölln – Mike Hembury: „New Clone City“

Offenes Neukölln Festival

02 June 2018,  Saturday – 7 pm

Limited-seating (admission is on a first-come, first-served basis)

https://www.facebook.com/events/214673669266303/

Author Mike Hembury will be reading at BuchHafen from his recently published novel New Clone City, published by The Wild Word. Part cyberpunk, part literary fiction, part thriller it is a beatnik homage to contemporary Neukölln transported to the slipstream anglosphere. English-language readings will be interspersed with live Turkish tunes, with the fabulous Sara Altun on vocals, the inimitable Jenka Bühler on saxophone, and Mike on guitar.

„A blend of cyberpunk, literary prose and thrilling mystery, New Clone City tells the story of a down-at-heel metropolis, poor and sexy like the city it’s rooted in. A melting pot of tribes, technology, poverty, and chaos. New Clone City is a rollicking compulsive read, as queer and captivating as its inhabitants. This is a slipstream world where a refugee crisis looms, the environment is in chaos, and an authoritarian political movement threatens the very fabric of the city. These dark forces battle a colourful cast of heroes, from anarchist rednecks to gender-bending sex workers. Mike Hembury’s prose is urgent, sexy and ‚unprecedented.‘  Sharp and poetic, compelling and passionate, the political and environmental themes resonate for these troubling times.  This is a novel to be read today“ (The Wild Word, 2018).

More info on the book can be found here and the festival page is here.

25.04.2018 Literally Speaking

Literally Speaking is a monthly fiction reading series organized and curated by Traci Kim, featuring  local writers and the authors that inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an inspiring author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The purpose of the excerpts is to literally get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

The next reading is on Wednesday, April 25th. Berlin’s evil twin is going into hibernation and giving way to the Berlin we all know and love. Let’s celebrate spring in full swing and gather for some stories!

Door opens at 7:45 pm, reading starts at 8:15 pm
Entrance: €3, *cash bar
Limited seating (admission is on a first-come, first-served basis)

https://www.facebook.com/events/174023230057240/

08.02.2018 Jörg Sundermeier

11 Berliner Friedhöfe, die man gesehen haben muss, bevor man stirbt

Autorenlesung – 08. Februar 2018

Einlass 19.30 Uhr – Beginn der Lesung 20 Uhr

Eintritt €3

https://www.facebook.com/events/280663985790268/

mit freundlicher Unterstützung des be.bra Verlags 

http://www.bebraverlag.de/

„Friedhöfe sind nicht nur Orte der Trauer. Sie bieten dem Besucher zuweilen auch einfach eine Oase der Ruhe – abseits der großen Parks, in denen man von Skateboardern überfahren wird oder von Musikanten nicht immer angenehm überrascht. Aber einige Friedhöfe können noch viel mehr: Sie bieten Überraschendes und Erbauendes, Verstörendes und Horizonterweiterndes. Wer sich auskennt, kann zum Beispiel Zwiesprache mit Hegel halten, mit einem Glas Sekt auf E.T.A. Hoffmann anstoßen, nächtliche Gespenster jagen oder in umgebauten Friedhofskapellen Kaffee trinken und über das Leben nachsinnen. Oder über die Irrungen und Wirrungen der deutschen Geschichte, die sich gerade auf Friedhöfen besonders deutlich manifestieren. Jörg Sundermeier verrät in diesem Buch, welche elf Berliner Friedhöfe man unbedingt besucht haben sollte, bevor man selbst ins Grab sinkt.“

Jörg Sundermeier, geboren 1970 in Gütersloh, ist Verleger des 1995 gegründeten Verbrecher Verlags und Autor für diverse Zeitungen und Magazine, u. a. für die tageszeitung, die Berliner Zeitung und Jungle World. Als Verleger wurde er 2014 mit dem Kurt-Wolff-Preis ausgezeichnet. Er ist Herausgeber und Autor zahlreicher Bücher. Seit 2015 ist Sundermeier Mitglied im Vorstand der Kurt Wolff Stiftung zur Förderung einer vielfältigen Verlags- und Literaturszene.

24.01.2018 Literally Speaking

Literally Speaking is a monthly fiction reading series organized and curated by Traci Kim, featuring  local writers and the authors that inspire their stories. Each month, five writers share their original work, as well as an excerpt from an inspiring author of their choice that highlights the month’s theme. The purpose of the excerpts is to literally get everyone in Berlin’s literary community “on the same page.” It’s a way to see what’s catalyzing our local writers and bring us closer together through literature.

The next reading is on Wednesday, January 24th. After all the holiday cheer has subsided…there’s still 2+ months left of Berlin winter. Let’s stay warm (and optimistic) by gathering for an evening of stories!

Door opens at 7:45 pm, reading starts at 8:15 pm
Entrance: €3, *cash bar
Limited seating (admission is on a first-come, first-served basis)

https://www.facebook.com/events/147651469201544/

18.01.2018 – Inviting Utopia: Radical dreams and practices in and beyond the 1989 revolution

Inviting Utopia: Radical dreams and practices in and beyond the 1989 revolution

18 January 2018, Thursday – 8 pm

Readings and conversation with Elske Rosenfeld, artist and writer, and Max Hertzberg, author.

Both Max and Elske write about the utopian potential of the East German revolution of 1989, and at BuchHafen Max will read from his trilogy (EAST BERLIN SERIES) of political fiction set in a counter-factual post-1990 GDR and talk about how he saw a grassroots democracy as a real possibility. Elske will be reading from a chapter of her forthcoming book A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures which sketches the radical scope of the practices and projections of the 1989 revolution.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1895272340735806/

http://www.elskerosenfeld.net/

http://dissidencies.net/

http://www.maxhertzberg.co.uk/

Picture: CC-BY-SA Bundesarchiv/Hubert Link

 

09.12.2017 City Primeval: New York – Berlin – Prague

ROBERT CARRITHERS, CAROLA GÖLLNER, STEVE MORELL, MARK REEDER, KENTON TURK and ANDRÉ WERNER

read from and present

CITY PRIMEVAL: NEW YORK – BERLIN – PRAGUE

09 December 2017, 19:30 – Entrance €3

https://www.facebook.com/events/544150292592425/

CITY PRIMEVAL is a constellation of personal documentaries of place & time by key contemporary writers, poets, musicians, designers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, editors, performers from within the New York, Berlin & Prague underground scenes from the late 1970s to the present; from New York Post-Punk & No Wave, to the fall of the Berlin Wall & Reunification, to the Velvet Revolution & the Prague Renaissance.

Including contributions by Louis Armand, J.Jackie Baier, Robert Carrithers, Max Dax, Nat Finkelstein, Carola Göllner, Timo Jacobs, Lydia Lunch, Steve Morell, Mona Mur, Julia Murakami, Mark Reeder, Kenton Turk, André Werner, Nick Zedd and Miron Zownir among others.

CITY PRIMEVAL: NEW YORK, BERLIN, PRAGUE is a personal journey through time in each city told by writers, artists and photographers from each city.

More info and a full list of contributors can be found here:

https://litterariapragensia.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/city-primeval-new-york-berlin-prague/

https://www.facebook.com/CityPrimeval/

04.12.2017 – Cenk Özbay – „Queering Sexualities in Turkey“

Blickwechsel Türkei: Contemporary Turkey Studies invites you to a reading and discussion with Cenk Özbay, author of Queering Sexualities in Turkey: Gay Men, Male Prostitutes and the City on 04 December 2017 at 8 pm

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT PLEASE REGISTER BY SENDING AN E-MAIL TO:  blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

„Despite some of its more liberal and democratic characteristics – when compared to many other countries in the Middle East – the more conservative elements within Turkish politics and society have made gains over the past decades. As a result, like many others in the region, Turkish society has multiple standards when naming, evaluating and reacting to men who have sex with men. Cenk Özbay argues that overall, self-identified gay men (as well as men who practice clandestine same-sex acts) are most of the time marginalised, ostracised and rendered ‚immoral‘ in both everyday practices and social institutions. He offers in this book an analysis of the concept of masculinity as central to redefining boundaries of class, gender and sexuality, particularly looking at the dynamics between self-identified gay men and straight-acting male prostitutes, or ‚rent boys‘. A result of in-depth interviews with both self-identified gay men and rent boys, Özbay explores the changing discourses and meaning of class, gender and queer sexualities, and how these three are embedded within urban and familial narratives“ (I.B. Tauris Publishers).

Cenk Özbay is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University. He holds a PhD in Sociology from University of Southern California. His research interests are gender and sexualities, masculinity studies, urban sociology, work and labour, neoliberalism and mobilities. In addition to his many publications in English and Turkish, he is a co-editor of Yeni İstanbul Çalışmaları (2014) and The Making of Neoliberal Turkey (2016).

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