U.S. Embassy Literature Series Fall 2018

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literature series

(Please note the different venues)

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Wednesday, October 18, 20:00 – Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Großes Haus, Linienstraße 227

 

Tickets: a limited number of tickets is reserved for students and accompanying teachers. Please apply for free tickets with IRCBerlin@state.gov by October 10. All other tickets: at Volksbühne

Meg Wolitzer

The Female Persuasion (Das weibliche Prinzip, DuMont 2018)

 

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she

hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

 

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Meg Wolitzer lives in New York City.

In cooperation with DuMont Buchverlag

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Thursday, October 25, 2018; 20:00 – Theater im Palais, Am Festungsgraben 1, 10117 Berlin

Tickets: A limited number of tickets reserved for students and accompanying teachers. Please apply for free tickets with IRCBerlin@state.gov by October 10.

Tickets: € 10,–

Abendkasse: € 12,–

Book tickets: 030 2010693

Claire Messud

The Burning Girl (Das brennende Mädchen, Hoffmann&Campe, 2018)

Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality―crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.

Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of six works of fiction including her most recent novel, The Burning Girl, a new York Times bestseller. Claire Messud lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

http://clairemessud.com/

In cooperation with Hoffmann&Campe, Thalia Buchhandlungen and ETB — German voice: Irene Baumann

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 20:00 – English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstr. 40, 10965 Berlin

 

Tickets: 8,- / school groups free if they register with IRCBerlin@state.gov by November 13.

Book tickets: 030 – 691 12 11; by e-mail at tickets@etberlin.de

 

 

Rebecca Rukeyser

Homestead – a Novel in Progress

From 1862 to 1986 the Homestead Act allotted 160 acres of land free of charge to any American man who could work the land for five years. The last decades of this Act populated Alaska, a state that still bears the nickname “The Last Frontier.”

Set in the early years of the 21st century, The Homestead looks into the final days of one of these Alaskan homesteads. Having lived on an unpopulated island in the Kodiak archipelago for decades, Lew and Megan Jenkins face economic strain and open their property to tourism. Their “remote lodge” aims to give vacationers a sense of the real West and the real Alaska—a pristine landscape molded by hard work. But Jenkins’ lodge is failing as a tourist destination and their marriage is dissolving.

 

Rebecca Rukeyser is a fiction writer, co-founder of the Berlin Writers’ Workshop, and the recipient of a 2018 “Arbeitsstipendium nichtdeutschsprachige Literatur” –  Grant for Non-German Literature, awarded by the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American NonRequired Reading, The Massachusetts Review, and ZYZZYVA. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Heinrich Heine Universität.

 

In cooperation with the Berlin Writers’ Workshop

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Monday, December 10, 2018, 20:00 – English Theatre Berlin, Fidicinstr. 40, 10965 Berlin

 

Tickets: 8,- / school groups free if they register with IRCBerlin@state.gov by December 3.

Book tickets: 030 – 691 12 11; by e-mail at tickets@etberlin.de

 

Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing (Heimkehren, DuMont 2017)

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

 

Homegoing  – her debut novel – received the following recognition:

National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize WINNER 2016

PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel WINNER 2017

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction FINALIST 2017

PEN/Robert W. Bingham PrizeFINALIST 2017

Shortlisted for the British Book Award – Debut of the Year
New York Times Notable Book; A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly,the Skimm, PopSugar, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, Financial Times

 

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2117741/yaa-gyasi