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Impressions of Solothurn – Solothurner Literaturtage 2019

Impressions of Solothurn – Solothurner Literaturtage 2019

At the beginning of June, I was fortunate enough to be invited by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia to attend the 41st Solothurner Literaturtage (Solothurn Literature Days). This literary festival takes place in the beautiful Swiss town of Solothurn, about an hour away from Zurich by train. Although I’ve been to Zurich several times, I had never been to Solothurn before. I knew it would be stunning (how could it not be with those mountains?) but I wasn’t quite…

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Book launch: ‘City of Jasmine’ by Olga Grjasnowa

Book launch: ‘City of Jasmine’ by Olga Grjasnowa

On Tuesday 2 April 2019, the library at the Goethe-Institut London filled up to celebrate the launch of Olga Grjasnowa’s third novel Gott ist nicht schüchtern (‘God is not shy’), now translated into English by Katy Derbyshire and published by Oneworld Publications as City of Jasmine. The event was chaired by New Books in German editor Charlotte Ryland, with Olga Grjasnowa and Katy Derbyshire on the panel along with writer and editor Malu Halasa. Malu writes exclusively about the Middle East, and her debut…

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A brief guide to the London Book Fair

A brief guide to the London Book Fair

Olympia London, 12–14 March 2019 It’s nearly that time again! In just over a week, we’ll all be cramming ourselves back into the Olympia Exhibition Centre opposite Kensington Olympia station for the London Book Fair. This will be my fifth year at LBF, and although I’m probably still fairly new to it compared to many publishing veterans, I’d like to think I’m starting to get the hang of things a bit! So I’ve put together some tips for translators and…

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