Readings, conversations, discussions

Award Ceremony: Internationaler Literaturpreis 2019

With a keynote by Teju Cole

Tue, Jun 18, 2019
7 pm
Free Admission
7pm Keynote by Teju Cole: On Carrying and Being Carried – from translation to migration and back again
8pm Award Ceremony
10pm Music by Coco Maria

With simultaneous translation to German, English and the original language

On the roof terrace
In the Lecture Hall in case of rain
Celebration of the Award Ceremony 2017, Photo: David Gauffin

The six books on this year’s shortlist lead us into the innermost regions of the human soul, charting both the farthest unexplored shores and the narrow straits of the familiar. Each one is as radical in its aesthetic as it is, in its own way, a stunning tribute to the power of literature.

Which author–translator duo will be awarded the 2019 Internationaler Literaturpreis? The HKW roof terrace will serve as the stage for this year’s announcement: Following a keynote by Teju Cole, awardee of the 2013 prize for his novel Open City, the winning title will be announced by the jury and presented by its author and translator.

Further conversations will offer the awardees, audience and jury members alike a chance to explore what makes the award-winning book so extraordinary. Together, they will investigate questions like: What processes lie beneath writing and translating? What is the state of literature as an art form, and what role does translation play in the contemporary literary scene?

After the award ceremony, the audience is invited to get together with the participants over music and drinks on the roof terrace.