The 17th time
7.3.–18.3.2017

lit.COLOGNE 2017

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1, Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Dölle, an incontinent dog and an upcoming bar mitzvah

| | 19:30 | WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Wallrafplatz 5, 50667 Köln

How can we be ourselves when our lives are so closely intertwined with those of everyone else? This question is at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s (“Everything is Illuminated”, “Eating Animals”) first novel in 11 years. Unfolding over... Details

2, T.C. Boyle and the Terranauts

| | 19:30 | Musical Dome, Goldgasse 1, 50668 Köln

What happens if you lock four men and four women in a giant terrarium? T.C. Boyle’s fabulous new novel, The Terranauts, based on a true story, tells the tale of a dangerous attempt to create a new world in order to escape from the... Details

3, Götz Alsmann hosts the gala presentation of the Deutscher Hörbuchpreis [German Audio Book Prize] 2017

| | 20:00 | WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Wallrafplatz 5, 50667 Köln

To kick off lit.COLOGNE, Götz Alsmann is rolling out the red carpet: The gala presentation of the German Audio Book Prize at the WDR Funkhaus once again opens the international literature festival this year. We turn the spotlight on... Details

4, Freedom of expression is a universal human right With Aslı Erdoğan, Can Dündar, Doğan Akhanli, Osman Okkan and Andreas Görgen. With Katja Riemann.

| | 19:30 | WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Wallrafplatz 5, 50667 Köln

To open lit.COLOGNE, we commemorate the persecuted writers who come from and live in Turkey. Can Dündar was editor-in-chief of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet and is now facing a multi-year jail sentence because of his critical... Details

5, Ian Kershaw and Guido Lambrecht To hell and back

| | 21:00 | Balloni-Hallen, Ehrenfeldgürtel 88-94, 50823 Köln

Ian Kershaw (born in 1943) is one of the most important historians of the present day. He set a new benchmark with his Hitler biography; his analyses are captivatingly clear and topical. In To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949, he tells the... Details

6, Patricia Melo and Anneke Kim Sarnau shed a ghost light on São Paulo

| | 18:00 | MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff, Frankenwerft KD-Anleger, Innenstadt, 50667 Köln

São Paulo is the scene of a crime: During a theater performance, a TV star shoots himself on stage. It quickly becomes clear to forensic scientist Azucena that this apparent suicide is a cleverly set-up murder. First, she suspects the... Details

7, Reinhold Beckmann and Marcel Reif go into extra time

| | 18:00 | WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Wallrafplatz 5, 50667 Köln

When journalist Marcel Reif switched from covering politics to sports in 1984, nobody had any idea how much this man would shape soccer coverage with his originality and wit. In Nachspielzeit [“Extra Time”], he describes the dizzying... Details

8, Sofi Oksanen & Katharina Schmalenberg braid hair

| | 19:30 | Kulturkirche Köln, Siebachstraße 85, 50733 Köln

At her mother’s funeral, Norma consoles a man she doesn’t know. He is the owner of a hairdressing salon that trades in a valuable commodity: women’s hair. In Norma, as in her best seller “Purge”, Sofi Oksanen, “Finland’s lonely literary... Details

9, Hisham Matar and Christian Brückner return

| | 19:30 | COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal, Vondelstraße 4-8, 50677 Köln

His prize-winning novels “In the Country of Men” and “Anatomy of Disappearance” are about childhood in Qaddafi’s Libya. Now, Hisham Matar (born 1970 in Tripoli) tells the story of The Return. In the brief period after the overthrow of... Details

10, The 1Live Klubbing Special Horror trips and sugar sand – with Jochen Schmidt and Roman Ehrlich

| | 20:00 | Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 2, Schanzenstraße 6-20, 51063 Köln

Two authors, one event: Roman Ehrlich talks about Die fürchterlichen Tage des schrecklichen Grauens [“The Terrible Days of the Dreadful Horror”], in which a group of film makers face their fears in order to write a screenplay that is as... Details