Munich Literature Festival

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Germany | 2019-01-01

The Munich Literature Festival consists of the program forum:autoren, curated each year by another German writer, the Munich Book Show and the program of the Literaturhaus München with the market of independent publishers Andere Bücher braucht das Land.

Since 2010 the Literaturfest München takes place at the last two weeks of November. More than 100 international writers and artists are invited to come to Munich and take part at readings, concerts and discussions at various venues all over the city.

The literary program forum:autoren is curated by a series of writers and organized at their own discretion. This means that every year it gets a completely new, individual signature look. In 2018 Büchner Prize winner Jan Wagner chose as theme of his program "Beautiful Babel. European Readings.” He succeeded Doris Dörrie, Elke Schmitter, Albert Ostermaier, Clemens Meyer, Dagmar Leupold, Thea Dorn, Matthias Politycki and Ilija Trojanow.

The Munich Book Show, that's 15 hours a day for 18 days free admission to the largest regional book exhibition. Every year, for two and a half weeks, there are (inter)national authors to meet. Non-fiction, literature, music, children's books, mysteries, book binding, writing workshops – there's some kind of event for everybody. Alongside the evening events, the Munich Book Fair includes an extensive program for children and young readers.

The festival program at the Literaturhaus München celebrates important new releases – literarily exciting, eye-opening, socio-politically relevant. Reputable names alternate with newcomers. The crowning finish each year is the the market of independent publishers Andere Bücher braucht das Land ("Our country needs other books").

Two prizes are awarded each year at the Munich Literature Festival: The Geschwister-Scholl-Preis (Hans and Sophie Scholl Prize) and the Preis für einen Bayerischen Kleinverlag, which goes to Bavaria’s best small publisher. 

Project manager Heike Braun,