The Literary Lounge: Rory MacLean

11 June, 2014
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

RSVP IS ESSENTIAL: email events@dialoguebooks.eu This June, Dialogue Books is honoured to welcome Rory MacLean, one of the most adventurous travel writers of his generation, into the Literary Lounge. Rory will be joined by Sharmaine Lovegrove of Dialogue Books, where they will discuss the recently-published Berlin: Imagine a City, as well as exploring his other innovative non-fiction. Assembled from assembles a dazzlingly eclectic cast of Berliners over five centuries, Berlin: Imagine a City is a dizzying, multi-coloured celebration of the capital. Alongside medieval balladeers and a prostitute masquerading as princess, we encounter Marlene Dietrich flaunting her sexuality in The Blue Angel, Goebbels concocting Nazi iconography, Hitler fantasising about the mega-city Germania and David Bowie recording 'Heroes'. Vivid and compelling, Berlin: Imagine A City is filled with the lives, dreams and imaginations that have created this place we call home. A highly unusual history told in a variety of forms by 'vital anonymous players in history's grand drama' alongside some of the major thinkers, dreamers, artists, warmongers and idealists who have shaped this eternally enthralling metropolis.... a perfect companion for those about to discover, or attempting to make sense of, their own Berlin. (THE INDEPENDENT)  

The Literary Lounge: Brittani Sonnenberg

9 May, 2014
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

RSVP IS ESSENTIAL: email events@dialoguebooks.eu The May Literary Lounge at Soho House sees Sharmaine Lovegrove of Dialogue Books in conversation with rising literary star, Brittani Sonnenberg. They’ll be discussing her forthcoming novel Home Leave (in German: Heimflug) a novel centring on the struggles of a chronic expat’s family and their search to understand what “home” really means. Raised across three continents, Brittani Sonnenberg has worked as a journalist in Germany, China, and throughout Southeast Asia. Her fiction has been published in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 as well as Ploughshares, Short Fiction, and Asymptote, and her nonfiction has appeared in Time, the Associated Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and NPR Berlin. Now based in Berlin, Home Leave is Brittani’s debut novel. "Sonnenberg's prose is so vital and so enchanting that you will read this book in the dilated state of a world-traveler, with all of your senses wide open. Her family members are so well-drawn and complex that you'll close this book certain they exist."—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove "A captivating tour de force that follows a nomadic family across generations and continents."—filmmaker Wim Wenders

The Literary Lounge: Jonathan Lethem

2 April, 2014
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

The April literary lounge sees Jonathan Lethem in conversation with Dialogue Books’ Sharmaine Lovegrove. An award-winning author of no less than nine novels, we’ll be exploring Lethem’s exceptional, genre-bending body of work and discussing his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. Jonathan Lethem’s novels include Girl in Landscape, The Fortress of Solitude, Chronic City and Motherless Brooklyn, which won him the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Fiction and the Macallan Gold Dagger. Translated into over thirty languages, his work has also appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, Paris Review and McSweeney’s. Lethem is the current Mary Ellen Von Der Heyden fellow at the American Academy, where he is working on a series of potentially interlinked novellas and novels.

The Dialogue Literary Lounge: Ruth Ozeki

20 March, 2014
19:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1, 10119
Berlin, Germany

Dialogue’s Literary Lounge for March is delighted to welcome the Booker Shortlisted author Ruth Ozeki. In conversation with Sharmaine Lovegrove, Ruth will discuss over a decade of writing, including her latest, A Tale for The Time Being, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Booker Prize respectively. Ruth Ozeki is a Canadian-American author and filmmaker. Before turning to writing, Ozeki worked in commercial television production and made several independent films. Her first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries and A Tale for The Time Being will be published in 30 countries. Ordained as a Zen- Buddhist priest in 2010, Ozeki lives in British Columbia and New York City. “Ozeki is one of my favourite novelists—bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page.” – Junot Diaz.

The Literary Lounge: Julia Franck

24 February, 2014
20:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin, Germany

RSVP ESSENTIAL via events@dialoguebooks.eu Dialogue Books returns with the February Literary Lounge, featuring the Deutsche Buch Preis winning author Julia Franck. Julia will be in conversation with Dialogue's Sharmaine Lovegrove for a discussion on writing the history of Berlin - and Germany. Julia Franck is the author of The Blind Side of the Heart (in German, Der Mittagsfrau), a German Book Prize winner that sold over a million copies in Germany alone, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, and was named one of the best books of the year by the Guardian and US magazine Kirkus Reviews. Her second novel to be translated into English is Back to Back, a "dark fairytale of East Germany" that centres around Käthe and her two children Ella and Thomas - siblings caught in the tide of Cold War, surrounded by a harsh and cruel reality. Described as "an outstanding talent of the German literary landscape" and "one of Germany's finest contemporary novelists", Franck was born and lives in Berlin. The event will be in English.

The Literary Lounge: Luisa Weiss

31 January, 2014
19:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin, Germany

RSVP ESSENTIAL VIA events@dialoguebooks.eu To mark the German publication of her hugely successful debut memoir, My Berlin Kitchen (in German: My Berlin Kitchen: Eine Liebesgeschichte), Dialogue Books is delighted to welcome Luisa Weiss into the first literary lounge of 2014. Luisa Weiss is the creator of the blog, The Wednesday Chef - a chronicle of her experiences of life between New York, Berlin and Boston, punctuated with her delicious recipes. A former cookbook editor with American-German-Italian heritage, Luisa's life places food firmly at the centre, and we'll be sharing in her hilarious and inspiring experiences in a very special event honouring My Berlin Kitchen. Luisa will be in conversation with Florian Duijsens, and the event will be in English and German. Florian Duijsens teaches at Bard College Berlin, is senior editor of Asymptote Journal and fiction editor at SAND, and contributes to Stil in Berlin, AskMen, and other publications. He's lived in Berlin for almost six years now and has amassed so many books that it's nigh impossible for him to ever leave. Follow him on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/neonres

Dialogue Literary Lounge: Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits

19 December, 2013
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

RSVP is essential via events@dialoguebooks.eu Dialogue Books is privileged to conclude their Literary Lounge series for the year with a very special pairing of husband and wife Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits, in conversation with Sharmaine Lovegrove. Julavits is the author of four novels (most recently The Vanishers and The Uses of Enchantment). She is also the co-editor of The Believer magazine, and has been published in The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2, Esquire, Harpers and McSweeney’s Quarterly. Ben Marcus is a professor at Columbia University, the author of three novels and numerous other works of fiction including The Age of Wire and String, The Flame Alphabet and the upcoming short story collection Leaving the Sea. He is the current Fiction Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Both will read from their incredible body of work and discuss their motivations and approaches in writing, and expanding the possibilities of, American fiction.

Dialogue Literary Lounge: Adam Thirlwell

27 November, 2013
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

RSVP is essential via events@dialoguebooks.eu Dialogue Books is honoured to welcome the acclaimed novelist and literary innovator Adam Thirlwell into this November’s Literary Lounge. Twice the recipient of Granta Magazine’s ''Best of Young British Novelists'' award, Thirlwell will be in conversation with Dialogue’s Sharmaine Lovegrove, discussing his latest German release - Der Multiple Roman and Miss Herbert Presenting a new way of reading internationally, Der Multiple Roman/Miss Herbert is a treatise on how translation can transcend borders in time, place and style. Complete with maps, illustrations and Thirlwell’s translation of the Nabokov story, Mademoiselle OMiss Herbert is a fascinating and radically uplifting journey from writer to reader. We’ll also explore some of Thirlwell’s other recent projects, including Multiples a literary game which takes 12 stories and translates them into 18 languages through 61 authors.

One Billion Rising for Justice - An evening with Eve Ensler

13 November, 2013
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

RSVP is essential via events@dialoguebooks.eu AN EVENING WITH EVE ENSLER IS ORGANISED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH V-DAY Eve Ensler is the author of "The Vagina Monologues", as well as of numerous other plays and books, most recently “In the Body of the World - A Memoir”. She is the founder of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, combining art and activism to raise awareness and funds for organizations that engage in their local communities. In a conversation with Sharmaine Lovegrove of Dialogue Books, Eve will talk about her writing and activism, and about One Billion Rising for Justice 2014, a global call to end impunity and demand justice for survivors of gender-based violence. The evening will also feature a live-looping performance from Leah King. What needs to change to bring an end to impunity? What is your vision of justice? “The path to justice begins with acknowledging and recognizing the violence – letting it be known.” - Eve Ensler

Introducing Readux Books

24 October, 2013
20:00
Jones Food Store
Reinhardt Str. 9
Berlin, Germany

Readux Books is an exciting new project that produces four rather beautiful mini-books three times a year for your reading pleasure. Essays and stories with a focus mainly (but not solely) on translated works, we are thrilled to help them celebrate the publication of their first four books - and we know (insider scoop) big things are happening for them in the future. Say you were there when it all began by joining Readux for their launch party. Readings are provided from Malte Persson and Saskia Vogel, who will read from Fantasy and discuss subversive uses of genre literature. Katy Derbyshire and Alistair Noon will read from The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping. RSVP to us at events@dialoguebooks.eu to get on the guestlist. www.readux.net

Paths to Publishing

6 October, 2013
11:00
ExRota Print
Gottschedstraße 4.
Berlin, Germany

Earlybird offer extended until Friday September 13th!! Between the author and the reader, there is the ever expanding world of publishing. This October, Dialogue Books and The Reader Berlin invite you to explore it. We've combined forces to present a one-day conference featuring a diverse selection of publishing professionals. We'll be taking an in-depth look at the industry and the challenges and changes it faces. Along the way, we'll be addressing questions like: "Who publishes books and what makes them decide to do it?" "What are the ways in which you can publish a book - and who assists along the way?" And "Can we even begin to answer to the question: what is the future of publishing?" EJ Van Lanen, Publisher, Frisch & Co. EJ Van Lanen is the founder and Publisher of Frisch & Co. A life-long devotee of literature in translation, he has edited and published work by Dubravka Ugresic, Jan Kjærstad, Mathias Énard, Gabriel Josipovici, Ingrid Winterbach, and Mikhail Shishkin, among many others, at Ecco, Dalkey  Archive Press, and Open Letter Books, which he co-founded in 2007. He founded Frisch & Co in 2012, a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary literature in English-language translation. In partnership with prestigious publishers from around the world—including Suhrkamp Verlag, Editorial Anagrama, Edizioni Nottetempo, and Companhia das Letras—Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience. Jenny Hewson, Literary Agent, Rogers, Coleridge & White Jennifer Hewson is literary agent at Rogers, Coleridge and White, which is home to authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Peter Carey, Donna Tartt and many others. Jennifer joined Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2006 as an intern and then worked as assistant to the Managing Director Peter Straus, former Publisher at Picador. She is now an agent in her own right and has a list of around twenty five authors including Christos Tsiolkas, Book longlisted for THE SLAP, and Amy Sackville, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for THE STILL POINT. Prior to working in publishing, Jennifer worked in education, and for the Hay Festival. Hannah Westland, Publisher, Serpent's Tail Hannah Westland is the publisher at Serpent’s Tail, now an imprint of the independent publisher Profile Books. Renowned for publishing voices neglected by the mainstream, Serpent’s Tail has a reputation for publishing the best of all kinds of writing, from literary novels to crime fiction, from work in translation to books on music and politics. Before joining Serpent’s Tail in 2012, Hannah was an agent at Rogers, Coleridge &White, where she represented a diverse range of writers of fiction and non-fiction. epubli epubli is Germany's leading self-publishing platform, specialising in helping authors bring their books to global retail partners whilst gaining high royalties. Based in Berlin, epubli are backed up by more than 60 years of printing experience by the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group. For more information please contact: events@dialoguebooks.eu Ticket registration: Earlybird (available until September 13th) -- €29 ( buy online here ) Standard tickets -- €35 ( buy online here ) Student -- €20 ( email us at events@dialoguebooks.eu )

Dialogue Literary Lounge: Eleanor Catton

11 September, 2013
19:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin, Germany

RSVP is essential via events@dialoguebooks.eu Dialogue Books' first Literary Lounge of the autumn sees Sharmaine Lovegrove in conversation with rising literary star Eleanor Catton. Join us to celebrate the publication of Catton's hugely anticipated second novel, The Luminaries (Granta Books), an extraordinary and epic tale of fates and fortunes, set in the New Zealand gold rush of 1866. A ghost story, a gripping mystery and a richly evocative historical tale - The Luminaries is an incredible achievement, and confirms Catton as one of the great talents of her generation. About - Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Prix Femina literature award, the abroad category of the Prix Médicis, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 and Stonewall's Writer of the Year Award 2011, and long-listed for the Orange Prize 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.  

Soho House Literary Lounge: Susanne Kippenberger

13 June, 2013
19:30
Soho House
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

This month in the Literary Lounge, Dialogue Books is honoured to host a very special evening with Susanne Kippenberger. Susanne will be joined by Sharmaine Lovegrove, founder of Dialogue Books to discuss Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families, her biography of her brother, Martin Kippenberger. An artist with a complex and endlessly challenging body of work, Martin Kippenberger - “excessively gifted, and also just plain excessive” - straddled the art world as provocateur and personality, as much as a prodigious talent. Through discussions with the various members of Kippenberger’s circle, personal anecdotes and reportage, Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families (translated from the German by Damion Searls, published by J&L Books) is a sensitive, revealing and fascinating portrait of a life lived in and for art. About Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families Written by the artist’s sister, Susanne Kippenberger, and translated from the German by Damion Searls, this first English-language biography draws both from personal memories of their shared childhood and exhaustive interviews with Kippenberger’s extended family of friends and colleagues in the art world. Kippenberger gives insight into the psychology and drive behind this playful and provocative artist. PLEASE NOTE - Places are limited - RSVP is essential via events@dialoguebooks.org

The Literary Lounge - Introducing Frisch & Co

14 May, 2013
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

This month in the Literary Lounge, Dialogue Books is thrilled to mark the launch of Frisch & Co eBook imprint with a very special evening of conversation and reading. Founded in 2012, Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based eBook publisher of contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Joining Dialogue Books’ owner Sharmaine Lovegrove are E.J Van Lanen, founder of Frisch & Co. and Anna Kim, winner of the 2012 EU Prize for Literature and author of Anatomy of A Night (“one of the most exciting and beautiful German language texts in recent years”). Please Note: This a bi-lingual reading with English language discussion. Spaces are – as ever – extremely limited, so please RSVP to events@dialoguebooks.org to reserve your space.

Dialogue Closing Party

27 April, 2013
11:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31, Kreuzberg, 10967
Berlin, Germany

This Saturday 27th April marks the final day of the Dialogue Bookshop. After two years of servicing the people of Schönleinstraße and beyond with the best new books in English, we are closing our doors and as we begin Dialogue's next chapter. This is a time for celebration, not commiseration - not only will we be raising numerous glasses to the future, it's also a time to celebrate Dialogue founder and owner Sharmaine Lovegrove's birthday. Which means... free drinks by the bucketload and 50% off our final books. In true English bookshop style, there will red wine and cheese, a plentiful supply of Pimms, cakes, recommendations via our Book Doctor service and Dialogue's very own playlist to soundtrack the whole day. The shop will be open from 11am; the drinks will be free flowing from 3pm onwards and we'll be cutting the cake at 6pm. Come 7pm we may not be quite ready to end the evening - but it's our party, and we'll close when we want to. Join us in a toast - the Dialogue Bookshop is dead, long live Dialogue Books!

Soho House Literary Lounge: Ned Beauman

25 April, 2013
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

Due to limited space, this event is strictly RSVP only via events@dialoguebooks.org This month, Ned Beauman joins Dialogue Books’ Sharmaine Lovegrove in conversation for the spring instalment of the Literary Lounge. Following the recent German translation of The Teleportation Accident, Beauman’s acclaimed second novel, we’ll be delving into a dizzyingly inventive world that travels from Renaissance Italy to the future via Berlin, Paris and LA. In The Teleportation Accident, nothing – especially history – is quite what it seems. 'Terrific . . . if there was ever any worry that he might have crammed all his ideas into his first book, this makes it clear he kept a secret bunker of his best ones aside.' (Guardian ) -ABOUT- Ned Beauman is the author of the novels Boxer, Beetle and The Teleportation Accident. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, Dazed & Confused, An0ther, An0ther Man, Cabinet, Frieze, Esquire, Fact, Icon, The Awl, and The Literary Review. He lives in New York.

The Future of Translation - an evening with SAND Journal

20 April, 2013
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31, Kreuzberg, 10967
Berlin, Germany

This is an open invitation event at the store. Local lit journal legends SAND are hosting their very first translation workshop in April, and we’re thrilled to be supporting them with an evening of discussion about the future of translation. And what better way to talk about the future of translation than with the future of translation? After a reading from two participants of SAND’s workshop, the floor will be opened up to discussion. We’ll talk about how, where, and by whom works are being translated and why, and what, if anything, is holding translation and translators back. And of course, we’ll talk about where translation is headed.

Black in Berlin: Representation and Performing Blackness

21 March, 2013
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10967 Germany

The second installment of the salon finds us questioning a topic that divides many in race relation discussions: representation. In Dr. Cornel West’s Black Culture and Postmodernism, he writes about the Eurocentricity of the concept of postmodernism and the idea of a rejection of representation and a demand for radical artistic experimentation. We will discuss what it means to “represent” and whether or not it’s appropriate in contemporary Berlin. We will discuss whether or not rejecting “Blackness” or rejecting the construct of race is possible and how it can help or hurt progress.  -ABOUT- The Black in Berlin Salon is not merely a chance to express grievances in a room full of the willing to relate; but an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion. Black in Berlin is hosted by Jessica Taylor, a performance maker and curator currently working and living in Berlin. Her next projects include curating a menu for a pop-up weekend brunch club at Sing Blackbird and performing in an adaptation of Joan of Arc. You can see for yourself what she’s up to at thejessicastudy.com  

Screening: How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)

27 February, 2013
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10967 Germany

Due to limited space, RSVP IS ESSENTIAL via events@dialoguebooks.org To celebrate Black History Month, Dialogue Books is very proud to be hosting a special screening of the critically acclaimed How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It). “My politics is to win,” Van Peebles declares at the beginning of How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It), a documentary that explores the life and work of this maverick, modern-day Renaissance man. Although most famous for his 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, prototype Blaxploitation films are just the tip of a multifaceted iceberg. Whether making guerrilla-style films, flying Air Force sorties over the Pacific (ferrying the atom bomb, no less), studying astronomy in Amsterdam, writing novels in self-taught French, composing music (by means of a self-devised notation system), writing musical stage plays (for which he received nine Tony nominations), recording seminal rap albums or trading options on Wall Street, Van Peebles has blazed his own path, making a mark in each endeavour he’s pursued. Humorous, serious and incisive, How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) is ultimately a story about the power of fearlessness, and an ode to the potential of originality. More info: http://www.mvpmovie.com/

Black in Berlin: The Politics of Community

21 February, 2013
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

The experience of being Black in Berlin can often be polarizing. The lingering effects of African colonization that are ever present in the city mixed with the inherent alienation of “representing” the other creates a complex day to day existence. This paradox does not have to be internalized. The Black in Berlin Salon is not merely a chance to express grievances in a room full of the willing to relate; but an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion. Each session of the Black in Berlin Salon will operate loosely around a different theme. The first theme is "The Politics of Community". We will discuss civic pride in the Black Berlin community and whether or not it’s necessary to participate in it; who has a say in the Black Berlin experience; what fostering community looks like and how to demystify its goals. Future themes will include: Identity and the Gaze, Representation and Performing Blackness and The Contemporary Interracial Relationship and Why it Matters (or Doesn’t).

-About-

Black in Berlin is a new monthly salon at Dialogue Books, hosted by Jessica Taylor. Jessica is a performance maker and curator currently working and living in Berlin. Her next projects include  curating a menu for a pop-up weekend brunch club at Sing Blackbird and performing in an adaptation of Joan of Arc. You can see for yourself what she’s up to at thejessicastudy.com  

Soho House Literary Lounge: Luisa Weiss

22 January, 2013
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

This month's Literary Lounge at Soho House sees Dialogue's Sharmaine Lovegrove in conversation with the wonderful Luisa Weiss, author of My Berlin Kitchen and the creator of the hugely popular blog, The Wednesday Chef. Mixing memoir with her delicious food, My Berlin Kitchen tells Luisa’s story from Boston to Berlin. With stories of foraging for plums in abandoned orchards, battling with white asparagus at the tail end of the season, orchestrating a three-family Thanksgiving in Berlin, and mending her broken heart with batches (and batches) of impossible German Christmas cookies, My Berlin Kitchen is the guide to finding happiness via a Berlin kitchen. RSVP essential: events@dialoguebooks.org  

Worlds In Dialogue: Asymptote Issue Launch

18 January, 2013
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

Asymptote, an international journal featuring work in translation from 74 countries, 53 lanuages and 4 Nobel Laureates, celebrates its second anniversary with events in 9 cities across continents. Novelist Brittani Sonnenberg and translators Christian Hawkey and Uljana Wolf are among a line-up of international readers and past Asymptote contributors at the magazine’s first ever German launch. Join us for some drinks at Dialogue Books as we unveil the new issue of what Tomaž Salamun called ‘a truly great journal’. Your panel for the evening includes: Brittani Sonnenberg was raised across three continents and has worked as a journalist in Germany, China, and throughout Southeast Asia. A graduate of Harvard, she received her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. Her fiction has been published in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2008 and shortlisted in theBest American Short Stories 2004. In addition, her stories have appeared inPloughsharesShort FictionX-Connect, the Minnesota Monthly, and the Harvard Advocate. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Time, the Associated Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and National Public Radio. She has taught creative writing at the University of Michigan, Carleton College, and the University of Hong Kong. Sonnenberg currently resides in Berlin, where she is the editor of the American Academy's Berlin Journal. Her first novel, Home Leave, is coming out from Grand Central in Summer 2014. Soren Gauger has translated Jerzy Ficowski's short fiction (Waiting for the Dog to Sleep, Twisted Spoon Press, 2006), Wojciech Jagielski's reportage (Towers of Stone, Seven Stories Press, 2009), and a novel (I Burn Paris, Twisted Spoon, 2011) and a short-story/manifesto anthology (The Legs of Izolda Morgan, Twisted Spoon, 2012) by the inter-war Catastrophist/Futurist Bruno Jasieński. He has also published two books of short fiction, and has a short novel soon to be published. Jane Yager is an essayist, literary critic, and translator. She was born in California, studied religion and anthropology at Macalester College and Harvard University, and has lived in Berlin since 2005. Her writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Paris Review DailyNerve, and the Global Post, and she has contributed to travel guidebooks on Germany, Poland, and Thailand. She blogs here. The German poet and translator Uljana Wolf was born in East Berlin, and studied German literature, English, and Cultural Studies, in Berlin and Krakow. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in Germany and all over Europe. She has translated Ilse Aichinger, Christian Hawkey, and Matthea Harvey, among others. Christian Hawkey is the author of three books of poetry: The Book of Funnels (Winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award), HourHour (published by Delirium Press in 2005), Citizen Of (released by Wave Books in 2007); and has been featured in Conjunctions, Volt, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, Crowd, BOMB, Chicago Review, Best American Poetry, Conduit, and PEN America. His work has recently been translated into German, Slovene, French, and Portuguese; and he translates several contemporary German poets including Daniel Falb, Sabine Scho and Steffen Popp, and Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. Sarah Khan was born in 1971 and grew up in Hamburg in between the rectory of her German Protestant grandparents and the traditions of her father, a carpet dealer from Lahore, Pakistan. She studied folklore and German literature, and published three novels between 1999 and 2004: Gogo-Girl (1999), Dein Film (2001), and Eine romantische Maßnahme (2004). Her most recent book, Die Gespenster von Berlin. Unheimliche Geschichten(2009), is a collection of contemporary stories about ghosts and hauntings. Sarah Khan lives in Berlin and regularly publishes articles and essays. In October 2012 Khan won the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's Michael-Althen-Preis für Kritik for an essay about the TV series House. Find her online here. Space is limited, so please RSVP via events@dialoguebooks.org

Late Night Opening with Luisa Weiss

13 December, 2012
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

Last month’s late opening was such a success we’ve decided to add two more to our calendar for December. First up on Thursday 13th December, we’ve got the lovely Luisa Weiss in store, author of My Berlin Kitchen and the marvellous mind behind The Wednesday Chef blog. Mixing memoir with her delicious food, My Berlin Kitchen tells Luisa’s story from Boston to Berlin. With stories of foraging for plums in abandoned orchards, battling with white asparagus at the tail end of the season, orchestrating a three-family Thanksgiving in Berlin, and mending her broken heart with batches (and batches) of impossible German Christmas cookies, My Berlin Kitchen is the guide to finding happiness via a Berlin kitchen. Luisa will be sharing snippets and signing copies of My Berlin Kitchen whilst we ply you with complimentary mulled wine and yet another 10% one night only discount off our Christmas stock. For a cheeky appetiser, catch a snippet of Luisa in this wonderful short story on Berlin Stories for NPR.

Dialogue Books turns 3!

5 December, 2012
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

We’re still trying to fathom how we managed to get to our three year anniversary in Berlin, but why ponder the unnecessary when you can party?! Join us on Wednesday 5th December as Dialogue gets grown with some serious feiern-ing. To celebrate this momentous occasion, there will be a princely 3 euros off of every single book in store, we’ll have plenty of booze on hand and open arms and glasses for anyone looking to BYOB. Who knows, we may even get ourselves a cake and candles, which we’d love some help blowing out. The party starts at 7pm. When it ends? Only you can decide...

Dialogue Books presents... Five Dials x Berlin

3 December, 2012
19:00
The Wye
Skalitzer Strasse 86
10997 Berlin, Germany

Five Dials is an online literary magazine which publishes writing by both new and established talents, from Zadie Smith to Geoff Dyer to Sam Lipsyte to Noam Chomsky. Interview magazine has described it as 'A heartbreaking PDF of staggering internet genius', while the Independent even wondered whether it might represent 'the future of magazine publishing'. We can't see that far into the future, but we do know that this winter, on 3rd December, Five Dials is publishing a special issue dedicated to German-language writing. Showcasing writing by Peter Stamm, Jan Brandt, Thomas Pletzinger, Judith Schalansky and lots more, this very exciting one-off issue aims to give readers a little translated glimpse of some of our favourite German-language writers. To celebrate its publication, Five Dials and Dialogue Books have combined forces, and would like to invite you to join us to mark the launch of the issue with a night of literary entertainment in the old post-office building at The Wye, Skalitzer Strasse, on Monday 3rd December. Featuring readings from Jan Brandt (author of Gegen die Welt), Joe Dunthorne (author of Submarine), Katy Derbyshire (translator to upcoming German stars like Tilman Rammstedt and Simon Urban) and more; and music from British-German electro singer and DJ Anika, the night will be a fusion of words and music, mostly in English but with smatterings of German to keep you on your toes. There will be books on sale, a fully stocked bar, and lots of happy people to talk to. Doors open: 7pm, Bar/DJ: Til Late Entry: Free

BookGame with Joanna Walsh

1 December, 2012
11:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

'Ideally a book would have no order in it, and the reader would have to discover his own.' Raoul Vaneigem - The Revolution of Everyday Life Created for legendary bookshop, Shakespeare & Company, Paris, Joanna Walsh will be hosting her BookGame at Dialogue Books all day at on Saturday 1st December and you can take part! A host of writers, from household names to aspiring authors, have written specially commissioned 5-part stories to be hidden in books on Dialogue's shelves. Visit the bookshop this Saturday, collect five 'bookmarks' of the same colour and piece together a new story written exclusively for you - a pre-Christmas treat from Dialogue Books. In Paris participating writers included Alexander Chee, Lauren Elkin, Jenni Fagan, James Hopkin, Ian Patterson, Alex Preston, Tony White and many more... While in Berlin you can join Darran Anderson, Jenny Diski, Abigail Docherty, Clare Wigfall, Tod Wodicka, Nicholas Royle, Susana Medina, David Hayden, Olivia Laing, Masha Tupitsyn and Suzanne Joinson in creating stories. Joanna is also looking for story contributions. If you would like your work to be hidden on Dialogue's shelves, write a five-sentence, or five-short-paragraph story on the theme of 'Berlin' or 'Winter' and send it to badaude@gmail.com.

VIP Late Night Shopping

21 November, 2012
18:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Berlin, Germany

Keep your eyes peeled as we'll be hosting special late night openings in November and December to get you in the festive spirit with plenty of literary gift inspiration. The shop will open it's doors a little longer, giving you extra time to browse and buy the perfect presents for others (and perhaps for you). Expect homemade mince pies, plenty of mulled wine and 10% off our handpicked Christmas selection and subscriptions. We’ll also be on hand to offer you advice and wrap your presents on the house and mercifully, we’ll refrain from crooning a carol at you. RSVP: Not essential. Questions or queries? Drop us a line at info@dialoguebooks.org

Soho House Literary Lounge: A.M. Homes

30 October, 2012
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

EVENT FULLY BOOKED - NO SPACES AVAILABLE RSVP Essential - please email events@dialoguebooks.org to confirm your attendance. Join us for this month’s very special Soho House Literary Lounge, featuring the highly acclaimed A.M. Homes. To celebrate the release of her new book, May We Be Forgiven, through Granta Books, Homes will be discussing her examination of America’s dark heart with Sharmaine Lovegrove, owner of Dialogue Books. May We Be Forgiven is a darkly comic look at 21st century domestic life - at individual lives spiraling out of control, bound together by family and history. Savage, inventive and astonishingly insightful, May We Be Forgiven looks deep beneath the surface of a troubled nation to reveal the potential for personal transformation and reformation. -ABOUT-
A.M. Homes is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A: Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and appears frequently in Art Forum, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Zoetrope. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot.  Several times a year she collaborates on book projects with artists—among them Eric Fischl, Rachel Whiteread, Cecily Brown, Bill Owens, Julie Speed, Michal Chelbin, Petah Coyne, Carroll Dunham, Catherine Opie and Todd Hido.
She has also created original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS and was a writer/producer of the Showtime series The L Word.

Soho House Literary Salon - R. Jay Magill on Sincerity

13 September, 2012
19:00
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin, Germany

RSVP ESSENTIAL - events@dialoguebooks.org In a world where irony and critique inform our notions of authenticity and remaining true to our treasured personal compasses, what place does sincerity really have in our lives? Join us for this month's Soho House Literary Salon, featuring Sharmaine Lovegrove in conversation with independent scholar, journalist and illustrator R. Jay Magill. Author of the recently-released Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion that We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull), Magill will shed light on the theological past and current emotional resonance of sincerity. From the Puritans to Palin by way of Machiavelli and hipsterism, join us in exploring the many guises of a complicated - and compelling - ideal.  

-ABOUT-

R. Jay Magill lives in Berlin, where he works for the American Academy as a writer, editor, and host of a radio program on NPR Worldwide.
Magill holds a PhD in American studies from the University of Hamburg and an MA in art history and philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook. He has served as an executive editor and staff writer at DoubleTake magazine and has written for, among other publications, the American Prospect, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print, Spiegel Online, and the Boston Globe. Magill's illustrations have appeared in a variety of books and magazines, including The Believer, and since 2005 he has been a staff illustrator at the political bimonthly The American Interest.
Magill is the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness and Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion that We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull).

Exploring Robert Walser's Berlin with Susan Bernofsky

11 July, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10967 Germany

RSVP via events@dialoguebooks.org For our next event, the acclaimed academic and translator Susan Bernofsky will guide us into the world of the other Berlin Stories – that of Robert Walser. Having moved from his native Switzerland to Berlin in 1905 at the age of 27, Robert Walser’s dreams mirror many literary hopefuls in the city today. Wanting to develop his talent as a fledgling author in the burgeoning metropolis, Walser found himself increasingly distanced from high society. After seven years and several failed attempts at finding critical success in a city that always remained close to his heart, Walser left Berlin in 1912, never to return. Despite his outsider status and lack of popular success at the time, Walser’s dispatches from the city demonstrate his inherent understanding of Berlin at the time. Collected by NYRB under the title “Berlin Stories”, they are a startling combination of vivid lyrical description, gleaned from his numerous walks in and around a Berlin as equally iconic as Isherwood’s. About Susan Bernofsky is the translator of six books by Robert Walser as well as works by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori, and others. The current chair of the PEN Translation Committee, she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College (CUNY) and is currently at work on a biography of Walser. http://translationista.blogspot.de/ ENTRY: €5 incl. wine    

Dialogue Books Presents: Literary Death Match Berlin

19 June, 2012
20:00
.HBC
Karl-Liebknecht Straße 9
10170 Berlin, Germany

It's a travesty that it's taken this long, but finally: Literary Death Match is making its Berlin debut. Marking the legendary event’s 43rd city worldwide, Dialogue Books will be teaming up with Literary Death Match to present a night at HBC that will feature: wonderment! dalliance! literature! fantasticism! hilarity! absurdity! internationalism! and drinks upon drinks! Come and witness literary history unfold before your eyes. The night will feature a trio of all-star judges, including Dialogue Books' own Sharmaine Lovegrove; Alonso Dominguez, Creative Director of Sugarhigh and one more to be confirmed. They'll pass judgment on a fantastic foursome of readers, including award-winning Finnish poet Risto Oikarinen and three soon-to-be-announced scribes! Hosted by LDM creator Todd Zuniga Where: .HBC, Karl-Liebknecht Straße 9, Berlin When: Doors at 8, Show at 9:15 (sharp); afterdrinks after. Cost: €5 preorder; €7 on the door. Preorder tickets available on the LDM website Follow LDM on Twitter and/or Facebook now!

Soho House Literary Salon: Karen Russell

31 May, 2012
19:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

RSVP ESSENTIAL: events@dialoguebooks.org This month's Soho House Literary Salon sees Dialogue's Sharmaine Lovegrove in conversation with the Pulitizer-Prize shortlisted author and current American Academy Fellow Karen Russell. Named as one of the New Yorker's 20 under 40, Russell's work has been featured in publications including Zoetrope, Granta, Oxford American, Conjunctions and The Best American Short Stories. Exploring her fondness for the fantastic and the role of imagination in literature, Russell will be discussing her genre-bending work, which often suffuses the real with surreal, myth with reality, fact with fiction. We'll be taking in her first collection of short stories - St. Lucy's School for Girls Raised by Wolves as well as discussing her recent release, the Pulitzer Prize Shortlisted Swamplandia. ABOUT "Charting loss, love, and the difficult art of growing up, these stories unfurl with wicked humour and insight. Two young boys make midnight trips to a boat graveyard in search of their dead sister, who set sail in the exoskeleton of a giant crab; a boy whose dreams foretell implacable tragedies is sent to 'Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers' (Cabin 1, Narcoleptics; Cabin 2, Insomniacs; Cabin 3, Somnambulists. . . ); a Minotaur leads his family on the trail out West, and finally, in the collection's poignant and hilarious title story, fifteen girls raised by wolves are painstakingly re-civilised by nuns." - St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves Praise for Swamplandia: `The tale of the two flyaway sisters proves lyrically powerful as it maps the enchanted but dangerous worlds that young minds can conjure to deal with grief' --The Sunday Times `The Miami-born writer renders the travails and delights of a...dreamlike world that leaves you intoxicated and slightly dishevelled' --Monocle  

Alistair Noon - Earth Records

24 May, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Berlin 10967, Germany

RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org Join Dialogue Books as we host a special reading from poet Alistair Noon’s first full length collection, Earth Records. Published through Nine Arches PressEarth Records presents the poet as a truly global citizen. With a passport for anywhere in time and any place with darkening city streets and restaurants only the locals know about, the collection focuses on the crumbling facades of history that flicker behind modernity’s bright new colour schemes. Exploring the holiday plans of poets, the strata of old and new Europe, shifting tectonic plates in the Soviet Union and China and the poets’ place within or without it all, Alistair will be reading selections from Earth Records and talking to Sharmaine Lovegrove more about his work and experiences. -ABOUT- Alistair Noon was born in 1970 and grew up in Aylesbury. Besides time spent in Russia and China, he has lived in Berlin since the early nineties, where he works as a translator. His poetry and translations from German and Russian have appeared in nine chapbooks from small presses. Earth Records is his first full-length collection. "Knockout poet" - Kelvin Corcoran "This is genuinely terrific writing, of wonderfully gratifying complexity. There's no-one else, to my limited knowledge at least, who is taking on these big questions - with so many terms of reference. It's work that draws me back, which is something that real poetry demands" - Tom Lowenstein. "Instead of a ditch between two extremist positions with their weapons pointing at each other, we are offered a freedom to roam, and a refusal to bullied into false choices. Urban realism is his entry to this discovery, directly experienced, the signposts of our conditions ruthlessly catalogued as they fall before his eyes, and the whole of Europe is the theatre at his command." - Peter Riley. Entry: €5 incl. wine Photo by Clare Jephcott.

"Notes toward Ouvroir de la Ville Potentielle" A conversation on the flâneuse with Joanna Walsh & Lauren Elkin

17 May, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Kreuzberg, Berlin, 10967 Germany

 I write, I inhabit a sheet of paper – I invest in it, I travel across it. I incite blanks, spaces... This is how space begins: with words only, signs traced on the blank page. (Georges Perec, Species of Spaces) Join Dialogue Books as we explore the hidden boundaries and outer limits of urban exploration and the role of the flâneuse in the modern city with artist/writer Joanna Walsh and novelist/critic Lauren Elkin. Joanna Walsh and Lauren Elkin have been exchanging ideas for a number of years. Working in different practices, they are both concerned with the city as a grid for explorations of politics and identity. Joanna Walsh is visiting Berlin at the end of a period mapping European cities, researching her next book, which deals with love in space and cyberspace. "I began to record my journey in photographs at theskyovereuropa.tumblr.com. What started as a side-project has now become an important part of my work. Inspired by the practices Georges Perec used in his attempts to wrestle place onto the page, I imposed the Oulipo-style constraint of showing no less than 75% sky in any photo. Drawn, like Perec, to undefined, overlooked, and in-between spaces, I explore a passenger's aesthetic of travel in which the city, not the observer, appears to move, as from a train, a bus or a taxi. Chasing the borderlands of places and relationships, subjectivity and objectivity, I ask, does the sky over Europe have frontiers?" Lauren Elkin is at work on a book about women and cities called Flâneuse, which challenges the widely-held idea that the flâneuse has never existed because women have not had the same access to the city as men. Part critical meander, part memoir, Flâneuse charts a path through literature and art revealing women’s sometimes liberating, sometimes fraught relationship to the metropolis. “Cities have invisible boundaries, invisible customs gates that demarcate who goes where: certain neighborhoods, certain bars and restaurants, certain parks, are reserved for different kinds of people; a place that’s native and comfortable to one person may seem exclusionary to another. We become so accustomed to this that we hardly notice the values underlying the structure of the city. This is what Perec's Oulipo and Debord's Situationism attempt to disrupt: ordered, reified, normative, and oppressive city structures. But for a woman, who does not inhabit public space the way a man does, what does this disruption entail? How can women take possession of the literature and the city on their own terms? What links can we find between women's radical movements through the city and feminism's response to literary tradition?“ ABOUT Joanna Walsh (Badaude) writes and draws graphic fiction and non-fiction. She is published by Tate, and has drawn and written for The Guardian, The Times, The Idler, FiveDials and The White Review amongst others. She has created large-scale artworks for the Tate Modern and The Wellcome Institute. Her website was a Webby Honoree in 2008. She is an associate member of the London Institute of 'Pataphysics. This year she will be talking at the Port Eliot Festival, The Wellcome Institute and the Melbourne Writers' Festival. Lauren Elkin is the author of the novel Une Année à Venise (Editions Héloïse d’Ormesson) and co-author of The End of Oulipo? An Attempt to Exhaust a Literary Movement (forthcoming from TQC Long Essays and Zero Books). Her essays on books and culture have appeared in The Guardian, Bookforum, The Daily Beast, The White Review, and Five Dials, and are forthcoming in n+1 and the TLS.  She lives in Paris and London. RSVP via events@dialoguebooks.org Entry €5 including wine

The Apartment - Greg Baxter

2 May, 2012
19:30
Circus Apartments
Choriner Strasse 84 10119
Berlin, Germany

Join Dialogue Books as we play host in one of the recently opened Circus Apartments for the launch of Greg Baxter's stunning new release The Apartment. Published by Penguin in April, The Apartment is an incredible debut novel from Berlin resident Greg Baxter - and undoubtedly one of our favourite books of the year so far. 'She was always in many places at once, invested deeply in a hundred different notions, and of all the things I liked about Saskia that was the thing I liked most' One snowy morning in an old European capital, a man wakes in a hotel room. A young local woman he has befriended calls to the hotel, and the two of them head out into the snow to find the man an apartment to rent. Greg Baxter's astonishing first novel tells the story of these two people on this day - and the old stories that brought them to where they are. Its magically subtle and intense narrative takes them across the frozen city and into the past that the man is hoping to escape, and leaves them at the doorstep of an uncertain future. The Apartment is a book about war, the relationship between America and the rest of the world, and the brittle foundations of Western culture; but above all it is a book about the mysteries and alchemies of friendship - truthful, moving and brilliant. -ABOUT- Greg Baxter was born in Texas in 1974. He lived for a number of years in Dublin, and now lives in Berlin. His memoir, A Preparation for Death, was published in 2010 and acclaimed by Anne Enright, Roy Foster, Hugo Hamilton and David Shields, amongst others. 'Brilliant and wonderfully original' - William Leith Literary Review (A Preparation for Death)

Writing Another Country: Philip Oltermann in conversation with Chris Pavone

30 April, 2012
19:30
Soho House
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

Join Dialogue Books as we conduct an evening of overseas exploration, taking in the finer points of Anglo-German relations and addressing the experience of anyone living abroad with Faber authors Philip Oltermann and Chris Pavone. Be it the race between the Mini and the Volkswagen Beetle, the influence of the Lake District on Kurt Schwitters or Joe Strummer's unlikely brush with the Baader-Meinhof, Philip Oltermann's Keeping Up With the Germans weaves together memoir and history, presenting a witty, insightful and entertaining account of Anglo German relations of the last 200 years. What emerges is nothing less than an alternative national story for the two countries: not one marked by military conflict and diplomatic hostility, but by influences, dialogues and comical misunderstandings. At the heart of Chris Pavone's debut The Expats - designated The Observer's Thriller of the Month for March and lauded by John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell - is Kate Moore, an expat mum transplanted from Washington D.C. to Luxembourg and the keeper of a dark secret that could destroy her neat new expat life. As she travels around Europe and uncovers the secrets of those around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage and her life. -ABOUT- Philip Oltermann  Philip Oltermann was born in Schleswig-Holstein but moved to England when he was 16. He has written for several English and German newspapers and magazines, including the Süddeutsche ZeitungGranta and the Guardian, where he now works as editor of the Comment is Free blog. Chris Pavone Chris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was an editor at book publishing houses in New York for fifteen years. In 2008 he moved with his wife and boys to Luxembourg for two years, before they returned to New York. RSVP is essential: events@dialoguebooks.org

A Life Spent Searching: The Travels and Writings of Annemarie Schwarzenbach

25 April, 2012
20:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Berlin, Germany

RSVP is required: events@dialoguebooks.org Journalist, novelist, antifascist, archaeologist, world traveler, the Swiss writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942) became a European cult figure following her rediscovery in the 1990s. At long last, her works are also appearing in English via Seagull Books. To celebrate, join Dialogue Books as we host Alexis Schwarzenbach, the writer’s grandnephew and the leading expert on her life and work. He and Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s translators Lucy Renner Jones and Isabel Fargo Cole will also read from a selection of her works suggesting the breadth of her concerns and creativity. Lyric Novella is the tale of a young “man’s” love for a nightclub singer in decadent Weimar-era Berlin, while Death in Persia is a more open exploration of lesbian love and existential anguish against the background of 1930’s Teheran, and All the Roads Are Open is an account of Schwarzenbach’s epic journey in a Ford from Switzerland to Afghanistan on the eve of World War II. -ABOUT- Annemarie Schwarzenbach, born in 1908 to one of Switzerland’s most prominent families, published her first novel at the age of 23. Her friends Klaus and Erika Mann introduced her to artistic circles, and she scandalized her conservative family by living an openly lesbian lifestyle and supporting leftwing political causes. From 1933 to 1941 she took numerous trips in Europe, the USSR, the United States, the Near East and Africa as a photojournalist covering social and political issues, while also publishing novels and short fiction. After the outbreak of World War II she sought ways to take political action, helping the Manns’ anti-Fascist efforts, but increasingly succumbed to depression and drug addiction. Annemarie Schwarzenbach died in 1942 in Switzerland following a bicycle accident. Entry: €5 including wine This event is in association with Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.    

In the Literary Lounge with Slow Travel Berlin

22 April, 2012
12:00
Markhalle XI
Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43 - Pücklerstrasse 34, 10997
Berlin, Germany

On 22nd April 2012, Slow Travel Berlin will take over Kreuzberg’s 100–year-old covered market hall Markhalle IX for a day of local creativity, culture and cuisine. The morning will be given over to a selection of free tours that explore the city via a range of interesting themes, including literature, street art, architecture, history and running. From midday, the Markthalle will officially open until 6pm and host a range of activities, workshops and entertainment. Dialogue Books will be in attendance at the special Literary Lounge with: SANDjournal, Mondo Azul and Shakespeare & Sons. There will be tea and snacks supplied by our neighbours at Hudson’s Café, plus a programme of various readings and performances for your delectation. Other entertainment on offer includes (but never just limited to): Locavore Food Market with: Soluna, Goldhahn & Sampson, Bitter’velt, Stadtschoenheit, Dickes Bee, B Alive (Raw Food), Suff Weinladen, The Dairy, Culinary Misfits, Sunday Burgers, Prinzessinnengarten… • Workshops with: Urban Sketching Berlin, Mother Drucker (Screen Printing), Nadelwald (Sewing), Stuart Holt (Film Maker), Didges Brew (Didgeridoo). • Plus: Children’s entertainment with Rotonda Theatro, Live Cartoon Drawing with Caffeinated Toothpaste, DJs & Live Music, Crafts Stall, Swishing (clothes swapping) Stall, Free Ideas from Art Connect Berlin - and more surprises on the day… Entrance to the event and all workshops are free, though this is a fundraiser event so all donations are welcome! More information is available over at Slow Travel's Facebook page, which you can find right here.

Berlin Stories for NPR Listening Party

11 April, 2012
18:30
Soho House
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

GUESTLIST IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. This month, Berlin Stories launches a new, one-hour culture show on NPR Berlin (104.1FM), hosted by Gisela Williams and Anna Winger.To celebrate, they'll discuss the project with Sharmaine Lovegrove and crowd-source ideas for future episodes with friends and members. -ABOUT- Berlin Stories for NPR is a multimedia journal about the city broadcast on NPR Worldwide (104.1FM Berlin) and online all the time at berlinstories.org.  Follow Berlin Stories on twitter@BerlinStoriesFM Created by Novelist Anna Winger in 2008, the show have since recorded more than 100 Berlin Stories Originals for the radio, short personal pieces about the city that are read aloud by the author. Their first special series, The Detroit-Berlin Connection, was created by features reporterMartina Guzman and produced in collaboration with WDET in Detroit and The German Marshall Fund. RSVP is essential: events@dialoguebooks.org

Soho House Literary Salon: Madeleine Thien

3 April, 2012
19:30
Soho House
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

Tuesday 3rd April 19:30 – 21:30 Soho House Torstraße 1 Mitte 10119                                                                                            U2 Rosa Luxemburg Platz   For those of you that attended our GRANTA talk in September 2011, you’ll be as delighted as us to welcome award winning Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien back for an April instalment of our Soho House Literary Salon series. To celebrate the publication of the long-awaited Dogs at the Perimeter through the Granta Books imprint, Madeleine Thien will join Sharmaine Lovegrove in conversation to discuss her work and experiences as a writer. An unflinching, authentic and deeply affecting work, Dogs at the Perimeter follows the story of Janie, a Montreal based researcher that is forced to confront the ghosts of her past in Cambodia – “an unblinking portrait of loss and recovered humanity.” “ A splendid writer. I am astonished by the clarity and ease of writing, and a kind of emotional purity” – Alice Munro “The austere grace and polished assurance of her prose is remarkable” – New York Times   RSVP ESSENTIAL: events@dialoguebooks.org

Reading: The Works of Liu Xiaobo

20 March, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Berlin, Germany

Tuesday 20th March Dialogue Books Schönleinstraße 31 Kreuzberg 10967 U8 Schönleinstraße 19:30 – 21:30 Celebrate the words and life of 2010 Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in a worldwide reading of prose and poems hosted by SAND journal and Dialogue Books. In cooperation with the international literature festival berlin, this international day of reading aims to share the works of Liu Xiaobo with a wider audience and to protest that a writer and freedom fighter is still living in a Chinese prison. -ABOUT- Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who advocates for the end of single-party rule in Communist China. As a writer, well-known for his explosive and lyrical style, he has influenced many young Chinese writers. As a reformer, Liu’s promotion of grassroot change generated by civil society earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. Three years ago, Xiaobo was taken from his Beijing home and sentenced to eleven years of imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power.” His wife, Liu Xia, a poet and photographer, vanished on October 8, 2010, not long after the announcement of Xiaobo's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. SAND Journal's participation in the worldwide reading aims to promote awareness and thoughtful reflection on the words of the man for whom knowledge has no borders. The reading will be held in English in conjunction with SAND journal/www.sandjournal.com   RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org

Soho House Literary Salon: Tom McCarthy

16 March, 2012
18:00
Soho House
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

Friday 16th March Soho House Torstraße 1 Mitte 10119 U2 Rosa Luxemburg Platz 18:00 – 20:00 Join us and the exceptional writer and conceptual artist Tom McCarthy at Soho House for an unmissable Literary Salon. The author of critically acclaimed books Remainder and C will join Sharmaine Lovegrove for a discussion on the themes of space, culture and experimentation contained in his work.  Ahead of C’s translation in German, we'll also be getting to the bottom of the International Necronautical Society, McCarthy’s semi-fictional avant garde group that designated Berlin the title of ‘World Capital of Death’ in 2004. -ABOUT- Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and grew up in London. His creation, in 1999, of theInternational Necronautical Society (INS), a ‘semi-fictitious organisation’ that combines literature, art and philosophy, has led to publications, installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, from Tate Britain and the ICA in London to Moderna Museet in Stockholm and The Drawing Center in New York. Tom regularly writes on literature and art for publications including The New York Times, The London Review of Books and Artforum. His first novel, Remainder, was published in 2005, and upon publication in the USA in 2007, caused the New York Times to dedicate the front page of their books section to Remainder, declaring the book ‘a work of novelistic philosophy’. McCarthy’s third releaseC was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and he is also the author of Men in Space and Tintin and the Secret of Literature. RSVP ESSENTIAL: events@dialoguebooks.org  

Introduction to ARTSHO3

10 March, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Berlin, Germany

Saturday 10th March Dialogue Books Schönleinstraße 31 Kreuzberg 10967 U8 Schönleinstraße 19:30 – 21:30 The international art collective ARTSHO opens its third annual exhibit at the Ballhaus Ost in Berlin on Friday 6th of April 2012, and Dialogue Books will be marking the introduction to the exhibition with a fancy soiree. Join us in store for drinks and a sneak peek at what's going down in April. -ABOUT- ARTSHO3 is a collection of over 30 artworks, encompassing film, painting, illustration, sculpture, electronics and handicraft. The theme that ties these works together is PLOT. Connected by the event’s founder Onika Simon, artists from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Peru, New Zealand and Australia – have spent months making art that will be exhibited for 4 days, before being auctioned online. The aim of the project is threefold: to challenge participants to find a unique approach to a broad theme; to expand an international network of collaborators; and to translate fleeting goodwill into lasting good change, by raising funds for the artists’ chosen charities. This year two charities have been selected: the World Cancer Research Fund and Emergency UK. The launch party on the 6th of April will be an entertaining evening of live music, live art performance, audience participation and the first screening of a documentary about the project’s journey to Berlin. There will also be speeches from artists and collaborators. General information Open hours: 6th April 6-11pm / 7th, 8th, 9th April 12-4pm / Entry €5. Address: Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin, Germany. Tel. 030 44049250. Press contact: Holler@ARTSHO.org Website: http://ARTSHO.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ArtSho.org Twitter: @ARTSHOtweets

After the Earthquake - Haiti, Two Years Later

6 March, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
Berlin, Germany

On the 12th January 2010, an earthquake of 7.0Mw devastated the island of Haiti. An estimated 52 aftershocks tore apart some 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings, and a total of 316,000 civilians died, with around 3 million affected.  Two years on, the reverberations of the Haitian earthquake continue to be felt, with some 500,000 Haitians still homeless. Thousands of NGO's are present, and yet, Haiti continues to suffer from good intentions and broken pledges. This March, join Dialogue Books as we host a special conversation between Sarah LeVine and Rose-Anne Clermont. Ahead of her upcoming publication, Sarah LeVine will present her study of the Haitian NGO's that actually succeed in making a difference. -ABOUT- Sarah LeVine is a social anthropologist based at Harvard University. Her research includes studies of the impact of maternal schooling on child and reproductive health in Mexico, Venezuela, Zambia and Nepal, and of Modern Buddhism in South and South East Asia. Her current work is on community development in Haiti. She is author and co-author of many books, most recently “Literacy and Mothering: How maternal schooling changes the lives of the world’s children” (2012), and two pseudonymous novels. Rose-Anne Clermont first came to Berlin as a Fulbright Fellow in 1988, and has since written widely on her experience of being a black American of Haitian descent in the city, and in Germany at large, her articles being published in Die Zeit, Spiegel Online, and elsewhere. She is the author of 'Busch Girl' and the blog Currents Between Shores. www.currentsbetweenshores.blogspot.com

Berlin Black History Month: Live Lyrics and Beatjazz

21 February, 2012
20:00
Altes Finanzamt
Schönstedt Strasse 7
Berlin, Germany

Dialogue Books, SAND Journal and Paula Varjack present: LIVE LYRICS AND BEATJAZZ Hosted by Paula Varjack Featuring: Black Cracker Salena Godden Onyx Ashanti OneNess Sankara ENTRY €5/ Doors Open at 20:00 / Show starts 20:30 An evening of live music, prose and performance poetry, featuring a dynamic line up of exciting established artists from Berlin and London. The closing event in our series celebrating multiculturalism in Berlin. For more info on Berlin Black History Month, visit: www.blackhistorymonthberlin.tumblr.com -ABOUT- Black Cracker Black Cracker is a two-time USA National Poetry Slam champion and influential figure within Urban Word NYC, one of the nation’s leading literary and performance organizations for youth. He has represented the USA in festivals from South Africa to Slovenia as well as being feature in documentaries such as “Spitting Ink”. His first solo manuscript, 40oz Elephant has been recently published by Bob Holman’s Bowery Books. “Black Cracker is able to lead the reader by the hand through mindscapes of improbable logic and arrive at a destination that makes perfect sense.” Mike Ladd, Poet/Music Producer “Black Cracker’s poems make pop culture timeless, and ageless abstractions like love lust laughter relevant all over again. Nothing here is two-dimensional, this isn’t a book, it’s a concert.” Michael Cirelli, Author http://blackcracker.info/ Salena Godden Salena Godden's latest collection 'Under The Pier' was published by hip-indie imprint Nasty Little Press in 2011. Most recently her work has appeared in Shortfire Press, Illustrated Ape Magazine, Trespass Magazine, Paraphilia, Rising, Teller Magazine, The Mechanics Institute Review published by Birkbeck University, Picador's Punk Fiction and Parthian Books Raconteur. Her poetry featured in the three latest anthologies from Tangerine Press titled Dwang. Salena Godden hosts and produces The Book Club Boutique - Soho's hippest literary salon – soliciting their own unique brand of Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie. Salena features regularly on BBC's 'The Verb' and 'Bespoken Word' and is among the poets in residence on BBC Radio 4's 'Saturday Live'. Salena facilitates workshops for First Story - a charity created by author William Fiennes - that aims to foster and nurture literacy and creative writing in secondary schools. Out Now 'UNDER THE PIER' published by Nasty Little Press: www.nastylittlepress.org Out Now: SIXTY-SIX Books: http://oberonbooks.com/66-books.html Out Now: RACONTEUR: http://www.parthianbooks.com/content/raconteur-america For quick updates twitter: @BookCBoutique or @salenagodden or @wearesaltpeter Also check out these sites for more published work by Salena Godden: www.shortfirepress.com / www.paraphiliamagazine.com / www.tellermagazine.com / www.eatmytangerin Onyx Ashanti Onyx sounds like the offspring of Roger Troutman, Timbaland, and John Coltrane. having cut his teeth playing the southern California rave scene in the late 90's, he spent the first half of the the 2k's playing and recording with the likes of Soul II Soul, Basement Jaxx and Marshall Jefferson. The last 3 years has seen him take on the challenge of creating a new form of music for a new age. a form un-encumbered by genre. armed with a computer full of the best software synthesizers, onyx can construct any style of music imaginable and quite a few that aren't. Onyx has now begun his new sonic journey in earnest and plans nothing less than to change the entire infrastructure of what the world calls music and to inject a much needed "live-ness" to electronic music culture by not only performing beatjazz, but also sharing his concept with the world as an open source project-controller plans, as well as musical concepts-, so that beatjazz may virally find its way into every aspect of modern music. Beatjazz is natural progression and result of the atomization of music culture. "beat" and "jazz" are based on two afro-american musical constructs. Here is a video from his latest show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsV-lmpM-OQ&list=UUPbtev8-K03tJPboI7JdNag&index=1&feature=plcp http://onyx-ashanti.com/ OneNess Sankara OneNess is a singer, song writer, spoken word lyricist, director and actress. Born and raised in London OneNess has been performing since the age of eight. Her exceptional spoken word/singer songwriting abilities has entertained an array of audiences, ranging from BBC Radio listeners to live venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Glastonbury Festival & Jazz Café. She has shared stages with artists such as Mica Paris, Terri Walker, Swiss, Black Twang, Dead Prez & many more. Her remarkable talent has also made her a star of the stage and screen, performing on national and international stages ranging from the USA to Norway. As a member of London’s finest poetry collective the ‘Best Kept Secret’, OneNess became the first person out side of the USA to win a prize at The Toronto International Poetry Slam, whilst the collective were on tour in Canada. As well as developing as a performing artist she is constantly involved in supporting her community. She’s worked with women’s groups, liberation campaigns, progressive grass root organisations and student activism. Her aim is “to live and travel beyond the words she speaks and she prays that she will be brave enough to walk the path that the ancestors have laid before her”. http://www.onenesssankara.co.uk/

Berlin Black History Month: Dreams of a Life

13 February, 2012
20:30
Babylon
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30
Mitte, Berlin, 10178, Germany

The Berlin Film Society in association with Black History Month present... 'DREAMS OF A LIFE' with Director Q&A Join us for an exclusive screening of the critically-acclaimed UK independent film, 'Dreams of a Life', followed by a discussion and Q&A with Director, Carol Morley, and leading actress, Zawe Ashton; moderated by Sharmaine Lovegrove, founder of Dialogue Books. Tickets (On The Door): €8 (non-BFS members) €4 BFS members RSVP: berlinfilmsociety@gmail.com BERLIN FILM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP (see About BFS below) 6-month membership: Introductory Price Only €20! - Discounted screenings & events - Reserved member's seating - Invitation to members-only previews & events *************** DESCRIPTION: Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life, not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life, 'Dreams of a Life' is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties—the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love. More info & trailer here: http://www.berlinfilmsociety.com/#2698332/Coming-Soon-Dreams-of-a-Life-Director-Q-A *************** REVIEWS: "Nothing at the London film festival has lingered in my mind like this" 4*– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian "A bold, complex approach to documentary filmmaking" 5* – Little White Lies "Haunting, compassionate and inventive" 5* – Time Out "A very, very special movie... Film of the week" – Danny Leigh, Film 2011 *************** ABOUT THE BERLIN FILM SOCIETY: Established in 2012, the Berlin Film Society is a bi-monthly cinematic experience. Each month a specific theme, motif, director, or idea will be explored within the films that are screened. From Director Q&As and retrospectives, to themed culinary experiences and live music events, the Society aims to create a whole new approach to experiencing film.

Berlin Black History Month: Writing and Difference

7 February, 2012
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

February is Black History Month. To celebrate, Dialogue Books, SAND Journal and Paula Varjack present: Writing and Difference: Exploring Black Women Writers and The Other in Berlin.  Join Sharmaine Lovegrove, founder of Dialogue Books, in conversation with author Rose-Anne Clermont ("Busch Girl") and Berlin-based scholar Rochelle Rowe for an evening of readings and discussion. Taking a cue from Derrida's challenge to the way we read and write in his celebrated 'Writing and Difference', the evening will focus on the experience of Black Women Writers within Berlin. Rose-Anne Clermont and Rochelle Rowe will read from recent work and discuss the personal and contextual challenges and issues surrounding gender and race in the city. The event is the first in a series of English language events celebrating Black History Month in Berlin. Entry: €5 RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org -ABOUT- Black History Month: Throughout February, join us in our Black History Month weekly series for a compelling English-language readings, performances, discussions, music and film celebrating Berlin's diverse community, and particularly focusing on the experience of black artists and authors in Europe. more information: www.blackhistorymonthberlin.tumblr.com   Rose-Anne Clermont:  Clermont first came to Berlin as a Fulbright Fellow in 1988, and has since written widely on her experience of being a black American of Haitian descent in the city, and in Germany at large, her articles being published in Die Zeit, Spiegel Online, and elsewhere. She is the author of 'Busch Girl' and the blog Currents Between Shores. www.currentsbetweenshores.blogspot.com Rochelle Rowe: Rochelle is a Barbadian-British writer and teacher from London, now living and working in Berlin. She is the author of‘Glorifying the Jamaican Girl’: The "Ten Types - One People" Beauty Contest, Racialized Femininities, and Jamaican Nationalism which appeared in leading journal, the Radical History Review in 2009 and a forthcoming monograph Imagining Caribbean Womanhood: race, nation and beauty competitions 1929-1970, to be published shortly with Manchester University Press, as well as shorter pieces in various scholarly journals. Rochelle has a PhD in History from the University of Essex and also taught there in various departments.

From Page to Screen: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

27 January, 2012
18:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY is the critically acclaimed film based on the book of the same name by British spy novelist John Le Carré. Enjoy a screening of the movie, and then join Sharmaine Lovegrove from Dialogue Books for an informal ‘page to screen’ discussion in the cinema. Be ahead of the action and purchase the book in advance from Dialogue Books. Soho House Members Only - purchase TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY here

NPR Berlin Stories Listening Party

20 December, 2011
19:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

UPDATE: Event begins at 19:30 Please join us for a Berlin Stories Listening Party at Dialogue Books, Kreuzberg, on Tuesday 20 December at 19:30. Berlin Stories is currently developing a new one-hour culture show for NPR Berlin. The event will be a chance to play a rough cut of the pilot for friends and fans, get feedback, and crowd source ideas for future episodes. RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org

Dialogue Books VIP Christmas Shopping Evening

15 December, 2011
18:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31., Kreuzberg, 10967
Berlin, Germany

Stuck for inspiration during the season of giving? Browse our shelves for the perfect literary presents with our special late-opening VIP shopping evenings. Running on selected evenings in November and December, we'll be open until late, on hand to help your Christmas shopping with our usual personalised recommendations and handpicked selection of books. We'll also add an extra dose of festive generosity with 10% discount off all purchases and an optional gift wrap service. And with complementary mince pies and mulled wine, you've got your Christmas all wrapped up, courtesy of Dialogue Books. RSVP: Not essential Queries/Questions: info@dialoguebooks.org

Free Ride: Discussing the impact of the Internet with Robert Levine

8 December, 2011
19:30
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

"On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other."
So said the influential technologist Stewart Brand at a 1984 hacker convention. Not only did his words evolve into a media business mantra that has shaped the internet as we know it today, but the conflict which he predicted has led to a revolution in the way that our culture is disseminated and consumed.
This December, join contributing editor for Esquire Magazine, Kevin Braddock, as he talks to former Billboard executive editor Robert Levine about his debut release, 'FREE RIDE: How the Internet Is Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'. The event will focus on the impact of the internet on our cultural industries, and is hosted by Dialogue Books as part of the Soho House Literary Salon series. "Free Ride is the essential guide to a global marketplace in transition: where we are, how we got here and what we have to do to avoid cultural meltdown." Thurs 8th Dec. 19:30. RSVP ESSENTIAL - RSVP via events@dialoguebooks.org  

Dialogue Books VIP Christmas Shopping Evening

1 December, 2011
18:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31., Kreuzberg, 10967
Berlin, Germany

Stuck for inspiration during the season of giving? Browse our shelves for the perfect literary presents with our special late-opening VIP shopping evenings. Running on selected evenings in November and December, we'll be open until late, on hand to help your Christmas shopping with our usual personalised recommendations and handpicked selection of books. We'll also add an extra dose of festive generosity with 10% discount off all purchases and an optional gift wrap service. And with complementary mince pies and mulled wine, you've got your Christmas all wrapped up, courtesy of Dialogue Books. RSVP: Not essential Queries/Questions: info@dialoguebooks.org  

Dialogue Books VIP Christmas Shopping Evening

17 November, 2011
18:30
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31., Kreuzberg, 10967
Berlin, Germany

Stuck for inspiration during the season of giving? Browse our shelves for the perfect literary presents with our special late-opening VIP shopping evenings. Running on selected evenings in November and December, we'll be open until late, on hand to help your Christmas shopping with our usual personalised recommendations and handpicked selection of books. We'll also add an extra dose of festive generosity with 10% discount off all purchases and an optional gift wrap service. And with complementary mince pies and mulled wine, you've got your Christmas all wrapped up, courtesy of Dialogue Books. RSVP: Not essential Queries/Questions: info@dialoguebooks.org  

Decorate / Lust Auf Wohnen Book Launch & Blogger Event

12 November, 2011
14:00
Soho House Berlin
Torstr. 1, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

Dialogue Books is proud to present a rather unique, exclusive event to celebrate the launch of Holly Becker's interior design book in both English and German editions: 'Decorate' / 'Lust Auf Wohnen'. Join us on Saturday 12th November at Soho House Berlin for an afternoon packed full of design tips, workshops, talks and discussions, cupcakes and drinks, and of course, copies of the book. "American writer, internationally known blogger and interior design consultant, Holly Becker, relocated to Germany in 2009 and wrote her first book, Decorate, along with co-author Joanna Copestick. Decorate has became a best seller and has printed 4 times in the US and Holly just finished a 9 city book tour in the US, the Netherlands and England sharing the English version of her book. Decorate was just translated into German and published by Callwey Verlag under the title, 'Lust auf Wohnen'. To celebrate the release of her German decorating book, BRIGITTE magazine will sponsor a very special event at Soho House on November 12, 2011 in her honor and to celebrate the design community and bloggers in and around Germany. Books will be available in both English and German for sale and to be signed by the author along with inspiring lectures, a decorating workshop, snacks & drinks and more." This event is sponsored by: DIALOGUE BOOKS http://www.dialoguebooks.org/ BRIGITTE http://www.brigitte.de/ CALLWEY http://www.callwey.de/ ETSY http://www.etsy.com/ RSVP ESSENTIAL* *Please note, this event is RSVP only and the Dialogue Books guestlist is limited to 30. Please RSVP to events@dialoguebooks.org  

Poetry Hearings Festival

11 November, 2011
19:00
Kaffee Burger
Torstr. 58-60, Mitte, 10119
Berlin, Germany

On November 11 & 12 from 19:00 Poetry Hearings is back! Dialogue Books' very own Sharmaine Lovegrove has been busy co-organising this year's Poetry Hearings festival, which is all set to go with another great line-up, representing the best in English-language poetry. The featured poets this year are Kelvin Corcoran, Katy Evans-Bush, Cralan Kelder, Judy Kendall, Tom Lowenstein, Padraig Rooney, Antony Rowland and Scott Thurston. Kelvin Corcoran’s work came to prominence with his first book Robin Hood in the Dark Ages in 1985. Nine subsequent collections have been enthusiastically received and his work has been anthologised in the UK and USA. The sequence Helen Mania was made a Poetry Book Society choice. Kelvin Corcoran has read at various art galleries in the UK in response to the Arts Council touring exhibitions, Spotlight on St. Ives and Geometry of Fear. His New and Selected Poems is now available from Shearsman Books along with two major collections Backward Turning Sea (2008) and Hotel Shadow (2010). Work with the musicians of Tria Kalistos in the recording and performance of several longer poems continues. Cralan Kelder was born in 1970 growing up between California and Holland. He sometimes edits Full Metal Poem and Retort. Publications include: Big Deal Rimbaud (Smallminded 2011), Give Some Word (Shearsman 2010), City Boy (Longhouse 2007), and Lemon Red (Coracle 2005). He lives in Amsterdam with the evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers and their children. Judy Kendall focuses on rhythm and visual effects in her poetry. She is also influenced by Japanese aesthetics, having spent nearly seven years living and working in Kanazawa, Japan. Currently published (three volumes) with Cinnamon Press she also lectures in English and Creative Writing at Salford University in England. Born near London in 1941, Tom Lowenstein’s books include: ‘Filibustering in Samsara,’ ‘Ancient Land: Sacred Whale’ , ‘Ancestors and Species’ and ‘Conversation with Murasaki’. ‘Ultimate Americans’ (2009) is the third in a series of volumes based on ethnographic and historical research in Point Hope, Alaska (1973-1988). He has also written several books about Buddhism. For the past three years he has been working on a book-length prose poem in the voice of an 18th century poet who the previous afternoon had written Kubla Khan. Extracts from this have appeared on various internet sites and will be published by Shearsman in 2012. He lives in London where he teaches privately. Alistair Noon's first full-length collection, Earth Records, is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in mid-2012. Resident in Berlin since the early nineties, he's also lived in Russia and China, and has translated poetry from German and Russian, including Pushkin and Mandelstam. He founded and ran Poetry Hearings from 2005 to 2008. Padraig Rooney’s In The Bonsai Garden won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry in 1986. His second collection The Escape Artist (Smith/Doorstop) won The Poetry Business competition in 2006. The Fever Wards was published by Salt in 2010. He lives in Basel, Switzerland. Antony Rowland was born in Bradford in 1970. Since studying at Hull and Leeds he has taught literature and creative writing at The University of Salford. His first collection of poetry THE LAND OF GREEN GINGER was published by Salt Press in 2008. He was invited to record for the national Poetry Archive in 2009 (www.poetryarchive.org), and was included in an anthology of new writers entitled IDENTITY PARADE (Bloodaxe, 2010). THE LAND OF GREEN GINGER was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy award in 2011 (for best new collection of poetry published in the last three years). Scott Thurston is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Internal Rhyme (Shearsman, 2010). He edits The Radiator, a little magazine of poetics, and co-edits The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. Scott lectures at the University of Salford and has published widely on innovative poetry. See his pages at www.archiveofthenow.com/. Entry: € 7 per evening or €12 for both evenings. More information/RSVP here.

Karama: Journeys into the Arab Spring with Johnny West

26 October, 2011
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin, Germany

The award winning former Reuters Middle East correspondent Johnny West joins journalist Thomas Newdick at Dialogue Books to explore the lives and stories behind the Arab Spring. Published by Quercus Books, Karama: Journeys through the Arab Spring is Johnny West’s tour of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt during the months of the Arab Spring. A journey taken through the backstreets and small towns of the area, Karama (the Arabic word for dignity) is not just contextual reportage – it is an intimate discovery of the people and places existing under the most extraordinary circumstances. 'West, a former Reuters correspondent in Cairo, plunges into this confusion with bright-eyed curiosity and a natural storyteller's appreciation of disconcerting detail. His tendency to pick up the threads of cafe conversation takes him into strange corners scarcely noticed by news reporters' - Financial Times Entry €4 - with a complimentary drink RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org Wednesday 26th October, 7 pm, Dialogue Books, Schönleinstraße 31, 13347 Berlin /www.dialoguebooks.org /U8 Schönleinstraße

Conflict and Writing: How do we tell stories after a crisis?

12 September, 2011
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31, 10967
Berlin

Join author Priya Basil and Granta contributor Madeleine Thien to explore how we tell stories after a crisis with Granta editor John Freeman. Priya Basil is the founder of Authors for Peace. In her most recent novel The Obscure Logic of the Heart (Black Swan, 2011), she moves through Europe and Africa to explore themes of pacifism, the nature of faith and the motives of men in the illegal arms trade.  Madeleine Thien's recent novel Dogs at the Perimeter, which was extracted in Granta 114, opens a window between East and West, and looks into the disappearance of loved ones, the fall of Phnom Penh and the Khmer Rouge. The conversation is part of a series of events that mark the launch of Granta 116: Ten Years Later, which look at where we are now, ten years on from 9/11. RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org  

Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman

3 August, 2011
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

Ned Beauman’s highly praised debut novel Boxer, Beetle is a tale of eugenics that traverses time and place, from the London East End of the 1930s to the bedroom of a modern day collector of Nazi memorabilia. In between, Beauman tackles urban planning, atonal music, Kafka, Freud, Nietzsche, and other 20th century monoliths, in a gripping, intelligent novel populated by ‘deplorable characters’, and centred upon a doomed love affair between a Jewish boxer and a eugenics-obsessed entomologist. The result has been welcomed by the Independent as ‘dazzling, exhilarating’, and, by the Guardian, as a work of ‘real skill’. Dialogue Books is very happy to welcome Ned Beauman to Berlin, with a reading and discussion at the bookshop. RSVP: events@dialoguebooks.org

Thomas Pletzinger: Funeral for a Dog

27 July, 2011
19:00
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

One of Germany’s most critically acclaimed young novelists, Thomas Pletzinger joins Sharmaine Lovegrove from Dialogue Books at the Soho House Literary Salon to discuss his illuminating debut novel‚ Funeral for a Dog (Bestattung eines Hundes). This unique exchange will also include the novel’s English-language translator Ross Benjamin. FREE RSVP ESSENTIAL events@dialoguebooks.org

Chris Adrian: The Great Night

20 July, 2011
19:00
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

Hosted by Sharmaine Lovegrove from Dialogue Books, the Soho House Literary Salon welcomes Chris Adrian to Berlin. Chosen as one of the New Yorker’s ‘20 Under 40’, Adrian has been described by the Guardian as ‘The most extraordinary novelist you’ve never heard of’. Adrian’s new novel The Great Night is a masterful reimagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in present-day San Francisco. ‘Everyone agrees that Chris Adrian is a wildly talented writer.’ The Huffington Post Wednesday 20 July, 19:00 Soho House Torstraße 1 10119 Berlin FREE RSVP essential – events@dialoguebooks.org

Stephen Barber: The Walls of Berlin

14 July, 2011
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

Berlin–based acclaimed cultural historian Stephen Barber discusses his latest work The Walls of Berlin, with film-writer and radio-journalist Sara Piazza. In this new study, published by Solar Books, Barber examines the way in which Berlin’s unique history of conflict, violence, and transformation has created an arena of extraordinary urban surfaces. Barber explores the intimate connections between these surfaces and the works of art and film that have both incised Berlin’s urban screens and been inspired by them. Stephen Barber presents an intricate portrait of Berlin that connects the city’s complex topography to a series of critical cultural and political moments, bringing to life the noise of the city in all its anger, ecstasy, and confusion’. Matthew Gandy, Urban Laboratory Research Centre, University College London FREE RSVP events@dialoguebooks.org

Picture Berlin

12 July, 2011
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

Picture Berlin, founded in 2009, is a hybrid residency/art academy. As part of their cultural programme the academy brings to Dialogue Books a conversation between artist Joachim Schmid and Blurb representative for Germany, Julia Osskó with an introduction to Dialogue Books by owner Sharmaine Lovegrove. FREE RSVP events@dialoguebooks.org

Translation Idol

5 July, 2011
20:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

For the fourth time, the magazine of German literature in translation www.no-mans-land.org presents the now legendary talent contest Translation Idol. This time translators pit their wits against an extract from the wonderful Verena Rossbacher’s forthcoming novel schlachten. Ein Alphabet der Indizien. The audience will vote on the winning version, and the writer will choose her own personal favourite. There’ll be prizes galore for the top Translation Idols. FREE

Book Launch and Reading by Dr Sarah Quigley

25 June, 2011
17:00
Hamish Morrison Gallery
Heidestraße 46-52
10557 Berlin

You are invited to hear Sarah Quigley read from her new novel The Conductor at its launch on Saturday 25 June at Hamish Morrison Gallery. The Conductor tells the story of the writing of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony; its historic and moving performance in besieged Leningrad – and the ambitions and passions of two very different but equally compulsive men. Set during a fierce Russian winter, against a backdrop of war, this beguiling novel is about music, survival, friendship and love. In a rare publishing event, the inclusion of a bonus CD will allow Dmitri Shostakovich’s hauntingly beautiful music to wash over readers as they are transported back to 1941 Leningrad. On the evening, there will be music from a solo cellist; refreshments and The Conductor will be available from Dialogue Books. Sarah Quigley is a fiction writer, poet, non-fiction writer and reviewer. Her work has been widely published in New Zealand, the UK, the US, and Germany, and she has received several high-profile awards. Having been the inaugural recipient of the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers Residency, she now lives in Berlin.

Spiel by David Sornig

13 June, 2011
19:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

For our first author reading at the new shop, what better than to explore the ‘outsider’ perspective on Berlin? David Sornig joins us from Australia to read and discuss his debut novel Spiel, set in Melbourne and Berlin. Through its narrator Karl, his childhood pen-pal letters and the Stasi surveillance files of an East German girl, Spiel engages with the turbulent history of the 20th century. The novel delves into the unshakable legacy of the holocaust and the end of the Cold War by tracing their ripples from post-war Australia all the way back to their symbolic centre in Berlin at the brink of the apocalyptic mindset of the 21st century.

Dialogue, Kreuzberg: Launch Party

11 June, 2011
13:00
Dialogue Books
Schönleinstraße 31
10967 Berlin

Join Dialogue Books as we celebrate our new store opening in Kreuzberg. As well as the stimulating range of books with a 10% opening discount, there’ll be food and drinks -  after all, it is a party! Dialogue Books’ new shop in the Graefekiez area is home to an eclectic but carefully curated range of new, English-language titles. The shop specialises in books in translation and international literary, cult and new fiction, as well as having a great selection of non-fiction titles covering fields such as politics, history, cultural studies and art theory. Dialogue Books also stocks a selection of magazine titles, too, encompassing art, literature, politics, film and music. With the name Dialogue, this is also a place for conversation on the wide range of subjects that can be found on the shop’s shelves. Hosting monthly author readings and a Book Club, Dialogue Books provides a unique experience to accompany your reading habit. We look forward to welcoming you.

The History of History: Ida Hattemer-Higgins

10 April, 2011
16:00
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

Given its wealth and depth of history and politics, as well as being base for so many writers, it’s always surprising to us that there are relatively few literary novels based in Berlin — especially compared to other European capitals such as London or Paris. We were delighted to discover that American writer and Berlin resident of seven years Ida Hattemer-Higgins has set her first novel, The History of History, in the German capital. At once harrowing and provocative, but filled with lyricism and sensuality, The History of History tells a tale of obsessive love, family ruptures, and a nation’s grief. And it is an elegy to ‘the history of history’ — the role of the German past in the psychic life of the present. Join us when Ida will be in conversation with Sharmaine Lovegrove to discuss the novel, Berlin, Germany, and life on the literary road.  RSVP Essential: info@dialoguebooks.org ‘A haunting, beautiful piece of writing.’ Kate Saunders, The Times ‘Extravagantly ambitious, wide-ranging in reference, and written with real flair.’ Guardian

Claire Messud in conversation with Megan O'Grady

13 March, 2011
16:00
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

As its starting point, this month's Soho House literary discussion asks the question 'Why I write fiction?' Megan O'Grady, book critic for American Vogue, talks to novelist Claire Messud about the art of the novel, and why literature and storytelling remain essential today. Messud, whose 2006 bestseller The Emperor's Children was long-listed for the Booker Prize, will also read from her electrifying new novel-in-progress, The Woman Upstairs.

Slow Travel Day at Circus Hostel

13 March, 2011
13:00
Circus Hostel
Weinbergsweg 1a
10119 Berlin

Berlin's inaugural Slow Travel event will place on Sunday 13 March at the Circus Hostel. The day, curated by Slow Travel Berlin, aims to be 'stimulating but relaxed', with a program that includes coffee tasting, micro-brews, unique city tours, film presentations, music, a Dialogue pop-up bookshop, music and more — all supplied by local companies and creatives. Dialogue will be there from 13:00 with a range of Berlin-themed books and German literature in the English language. Come join us!

Busch Girl: Rose-Anne Clermont

23 February, 2011
20:00
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

To mark Black History Month, Rose-Anne Clermont will be in conversation with Sharmaine Lovegrove, founder of Dialogue Berlin, at Soho House. The idea of multicultural Germany and the expat experience will be under the spotlight, drawing upon Clermont's experiences, assembled in her book Busch Girl, and her blog, Currents Between Shores. Clermont first came to Berlin as a Fulbright Fellow in 1988, and has since written widely on her experience of being a black American of Haitian descent in the city, and in Germany at large, her articles being published in Die Zeit, Spiegel Online, and elsewhere. Published in German, Clermont will be reading from Busch Girl in English. Always frank and witty, Clermont's book is a timely addition to the multicultural debate.

Jonathan Coe at Soho House Berlin

10 November, 2010
19:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

Dialogue Berlin is very proud to present an exclusive evening of film and discussion with acclaimed author Jonathan Coe at Berlin’s Soho House. As his starting point, Jonathan Coe will be taking the films of Billy Wilder, and will examine how they relate to his novels. Films under the spotlight will include A Foreign Affair, Ace in the Hole, Some Like It Hot (pictured, starring the late Tony Curtis), The Apartment, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and Fedora. Jonathan Coe is author of novels including What a Carve-Up!, The House of Sleep and The Rotters’ Club, as well as being an academic, journalist, literary critic and biographer. Look out for further details of what promises to be an unmissable event.
‘The spectacle of so many writers — myself included — continuing to work within a form that has patently played itself out strikes me as rather funny.’ Jonathan Coe

Books in the Opium Den

5 November, 2010
20:00
Direktorenhaus
Am Krögel 2
10197 Berlin

Opium has long been a source of intrigue, and indeed an influence, for some of the world's greatest writers. Inspired by this theme, Dialogue Berlin brings a taste of intoxicating literary hedonism to the Direcktorenhaus. For one night only, we will be sharing some of the most oppulent, opiate-fuelled prose from the last two centuries of literature. Experience enlightenment among a haven of books in our belletrists' opium den. On the occasion of this new exhibition, the Direktorenhaus doors are opened for a night of artistic extremes as internationally renowned artists transform the building — located by the old harbour of the Spree river next to Alexanderplatz — into an unreal and magical scenery. For this season-opening event, the Direktorenhaus will be filled with performance both oblique and subtle that blurs the lines between performer and audience. Works included in the Opium Den programme include Belgian Comic-book artist Francois Schuiten's utopian visions of architecture, glass art from Rotterdam-based Hans van Bentem, a room of etchings from Italian design duo Carnovsky, and animations by David O’Reilly. In the Opium Den everything is possible: the dark, the daunting, the psychedelic and the decadent.

The Visitation - Jenny Erpenbeck

28 October, 2010
19:30
Soho House
Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin

Join us for the launch of Berlin writer Jenny Erpenbeck’s new novel The Visitation, published by Portobello Books and, according to the Huffington Post, one of ‘the most anticipated books for 2010’. Erpenbeck’s latest is an exquisitely crafted, stealthily chilling story of a house and its inhabitants, and of a country and its ghosts. Described by the Independent as ‘one of the most striking and original new voices in German writing’, Erpenbeck comes to Soho House Berlin to celebrate the publication of The Visitation in English. The event is hosted by Sharmaine Reid from Dialogue Berlin, and will feature readings in German and English. Born in East Berlin in 1967, Jenny Erpenbeck has worked on opera and musical productions and her fiction has been translated into 13 languages worldwide.
‘Jenny Erpenbeck is the rising star of the German literary scene.’ Cosmopolitan

Who Are We — and Should It Matter in the 21st Century? - Gary Younge

14 July, 2010
19:30
Direktorenhaus
Am Krögel 2
10197 Berlin

‘We are more alike than we are unalike. But the way we are unalike matters. To be male in Saudi Arabia, Jewish in Israel or white in Europe confers certain powers and privileges that those with other identities do not have. In other words identity can represent a material fact in itself’. British-born, New York-based journalist Gary Younge joins Sharmaine Reid, the founder of Dialogue Berlin, to present his latest book, Who Are We — and Should It Matter in the 21st Century, and to discuss the meaning of identity in today’s world. The way we define ourselves is critical, wherever we are, and whatever our origins. Our concepts of identity are mutable, but they are also fast changing. For the British, however, the issue of identity is particularly troublesome: to what degree does an English person, for example, identify with ideas of Britain or Europe? And how does identity change when they live abroad? Younge himself has negotiated this minefield from his childhood in England as the working-class son of a single mother from Barbados, to his current life as a newspaper correspondent in Brooklyn. Part memoir, part penetrating analysis, Gary Younge’s book addresses the relationship of identity to issues ranging from domestic politics to international terrorism. In so doing, his wide-ranging study takes in subjects as diverse as Tiger Woods, the ‘blackness’ of Barack Obama, the rise of European Islamism, and the Danish cartoons controversy. For Guardian correspondent Younge, the effects of globalisation have included a polarisation of identity, something that could be described as a post-9/11 tribalism. But identities also relate to power and, as Younge observes, ‘the more power an identity carries, the less likely its carrier is to be aware of it as an identity at all’. These themes and more will be discussed in Dialogue Berlin’s latest discussion at the Direktorenhaus, the city’s new multidisciplinary art space.

The Master and His Emissary - Iain McGilchrist

1 July, 2010
07:30
The Direktorenhaus
Am Krögel 2
10179 Berlin

‘Few books this year can match The Master and His Emissary in breadth of erudition, scope, and ambition… a highly stimulating read.’ A. C. Grayling After our Alone in Berlin event at The Direktorenhaus in June, Bookslut.com founder and editor Jessa Crispin returns to talk to Iain McGilchrist . With recent advances in neuro-imaging and research into the human mind, our knowledge about how the brain works is growing in leaps and bounds, a subject addressed in Iain McGilchrist's book The Master and His Emissary. McGilchrist examines one of the more startling revelations to come out of recent research: that the two hemispheres of the brain are not co-operative helpmates, both working in the same direction to solve problems. It was long thought that the left side of the brain handled language, and the right brain was the ‘silent half’ that handled creativity and art. In fact, the two hemispheres are closer to bickering roommates, and occasionally they fight dirty. Iain McGilchrist will be talking about what the new neuroscience says about creativity and literature, as well as the future of human evolution.
‘There's a war going on in your head over everything from what you want to be when you grow up to what you decide to wear in the morning. Come learn about the science behind your troubled mind.’

Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada

17 June, 2010
19:30
The Direktorenhaus
Am Krögel 2
10179 Berlin

Dialogue Berlin and Bookslut.com collaborate to present an exclusive evening to discuss the life and work of Hans Fallada. The writer lived a life as fascinating as any of the characters in his remarkable novels, of which Alone in Berlin, first published in English in 2009, became a surprise literary hit. Unlike other prominent writers including Thomas Mann and Herman Hesse, Fallada decided not to leave Germany during World War II, and he was eventually institutionalised in a hospital for the criminally insane after refusing to join the Nazi Party. The Gestapo ordered him to write a work of anti-Semitic propaganda, but instead, while in hospital, he wrote his masterpiece The Drinker, using a dense code that was not fully deciphered until after his death. Fallada managed to outlive his captors by convincing them he was working on his assignment, but after the war he descended into alcohol and morphine addiction. It was during this time that a friend presented him with the Gestapo file of a couple arrested for distributing anti-Nazi propaganda across Berlin during the war. That couple’s story is retold in Alone in Berlin, a recently rediscovered classic of German literature, and the work that Primo Levi called ‘the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis’. Fallada died before the book saw publication. Ulrich Ditzen, Fallada’s son — who was 16 when his father died — will be discussing his father's life and work with Jessa Crispin, editor of Bookslut.com.

Low Boy - John Wray

11 June, 2010
21:00
Café Hilde
Metzer Straße 22
10405 Berlin

John Wray has been compared to numerous literary heavyweights, from Franz Kafka to J.D. Salinger. His latest title is Lowboy, a compelling, fast-paced literary thriller that follows a schizophrenic 16-year-old — recently escaped from an institution, and off his meds — through the New York subway. Wray’s novel, described by the New York Times as ‘uncompromising, often gripping and generally excellent’, explores the psyche of the paranoid schizophrenic teenager, plunging the reader into an alternative reality, ‘a fun-house mirror, with places and people recognizable but distorted’. Wray’s first novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, won the Whiting Award, and in 2007 Granta picked him out as one of America’s best novelists under 35.
‘Just then the uptown B arrived and saved him. Its ghost blew into the station first, a tunnel-shaped clot of air the exact length of the train behind it, hot from its own great compression and speed, whipping the litter up into a cloud.’

The Room and the Chair - Lorraine Adams

28 May, 2010
19:00
Café Hilde
Metzer Straße 22
10405 Berlin

Lorraine Adams is a novelist, critic and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Her new novel, her second, is The Room and the Chair, and it moves from Afghanistan to an American newspaper, from Iran to Washington DC. She populates the novel with the normally silent participants in America’s fight against terrorism — the cub reporter, the Iranian nuclear scientist, the women in the military, and the midlevel editors and military men who wield no real power and cannot stop the madness they see around them. Like her first book Harbor, which told the story of an Algerian refugee newly on America’s shores, Adams has a knack for illuminating the headlines of the day, bringing humanity and a sense of timelessness to the issues that plague us. She will be in conversation with Bookslut.com editor Jessa Crispin.

Sunshine State - James Miller

19 May, 2010
19:30
Café Hilde
Metzer Straße 22
10405 Berlin

'Ruined buildings dotted the expanse of the beach, their warped forms and gutted foundations giving the merest hint of the metropolis that stood before. Confronted with such destruction, he found it hard to believe that ten years ago Miami had been a thriving, cosmopolitan city of six million.'
Acclaimed new British novelist James Miller presents his second book, Sunshine State, at Berlin's Café Hilde. Miller's debut novel Lost Boys was described by The Times as a 'powerful, entertaining and disturbing read'. In his latest novel, Miller once again imagines a dystopian near-future, with a postmodern thriller played out in Florida '(the Storm Zone') against a backdrop of religious fundamentalism and ecological disaster. Sunshine State takes on the story of a British secret agent operating in an anarchic region of a future United States racked by devastating hurricanes, dangerous cults, criminal gangs and insurgent armies. Dialogue Berlin is very happy to welcome James Miller to Germany for this exclusive reading. 'This is a novel of compelling imagination. It is also a literary thriller which simmers with energy, powering a bristling narrative.' Independent

Peter Riley and Alistair Noon

25 March, 2010
19:00
Dialogue Berlin
Christinenstraße 27
10119 Berlin

Dialogue Berlin is very pleased to welcome two outstanding British poets to Berlin to begin our programme of poetry events. Peter Riley is widely regarded as one of the most important British poets writing today. Born in 1940 near Manchester, he has published books of poetry with, among others, Carcanet and Shearsman, most recently the prose-poem collection Greek Passages (Shearsman, 2009). His work has been described as ‘an extraordinary poetry, one which takes the techniques of modernism to almost a certain limit, yet retains the entire lyric and emotional intensity of the English tradition’ (Mark Scroggins). As well as poetry, Riley has written studies of improvised music, lead mines, burial mounds and Transylvanian string bands. Alongside Riley, Berlin-based Alistair Noon will read from his latest book In People’s Park, as well as from forthcoming publications. Founder of Poetry Hearings, Berlin’s annual English-language poetry festival, Noon has played an active role in the Anglophone literary scene in the city over the last few years. Says Giles Goodland: ‘I don’t know any poet who files about so carefreely, never alighting in the pigeonhole for long enough to become ringed’.

Black History Month - Rosa Caleta

28 February, 2010
15:00
Rosa Caleta
Muskauer Straße 9
Kreuzberg 10997 Berlin

As Berlin marks Black History Month, Dialogue Berlin is very happy to be joining our friends at the RosaCaleta restaurant, to celebrate with a special programme of events and a Jamaican-European fusion menu. Dialogue will be presenting a showcase of black literature, with a selection of titles on sale. Other scheduled performers and artists include artist and musician Satch Hoyt, slam poet Paula Varjack, singer Nuwella, and dancer Todd Ford.
As Dialogue Berlin and RosaCaleta mark the conclusion of Black History Month in style, this event promises to provide a unique opportunity to celebrate cultural exchange in Berlin.

Abandoned Images - Stephen Barber

17 February, 2010
19:00
Dialogue Berlin
Christinenstraße 27
10119 Berlin

What does the future hold for film, and especially for its distinctive cinema spaces and the cities that surround them? The last decades have seen some extraordinary transformations in the ways in which we experience film, notably within the urban space. In his new book Abandoned Images, Stephen Barber explores a unique avenue of derelict but intact film palaces in Downtown Los Angeles. Dating from the 1910s and 1920s, these spectacular early picture palaces now stand vacated or are invaded by fast food chains and bingo halls. Haunted, haunting, and aberrantly surviving, they echo abandoned or re-used cinemas worldwide – including those of Berlin. The film palaces are charged with implications both for cinema's spectacular history and for its future experiences. Stephen Barber will be reading from his book at Dialogue Berlin, before discussing cinematic spaces and their future with Verena von Stackelberg. The Times has called Stephen Barber's books 'brilliant, profound and provocative', while the Independent identifies him as 'a writer of real distinction'. Barber's other books include Projected Cities (2002), The Films of the Vienna Action Group (2004), and The Vanishing Map (2006). He lives in Berlin.
'Picture Palaces, once attended with the same fervor as the holy church, stand empty and vacated. But cinemas in new shapes and forms, and films that are ever more radical and innovative, live on.' Verena von Stackelberg
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