20 on 2020 Goethe-Institut Montreal

A cooperation with the Canadian Embassy Berlin, the German Embassy Ottawa and the publishing house Simon & Schuster, the exchange project 20 on 2020 creates a contemporary literary dialogue between Germany and Canada.

About the book

Canada was the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2021. This project was part of the activities to highlight this link between the two countries. The publisher Simon & Schuster Canada and the German Embassy Ottawa, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Montreal and the Canadian Embassy Berlin, have brought together 10 Canadian and 10 German authors to reflect upon their experiences and present their observations about the unforgettable year of 2020.

The mix of French- and English-language essays in this e-book creates a contemporary literary dialogue between Canada and Germany on and off the pages, and showcases a diverse range of writers who contextualize collective cultural, social, personal, and political experiences during a truly seismic year.

With an introduction by John Ralston Saul


Gil Adamson
Simone Buchholz
Eva Crocker
Maximilian Dorner
Lucy Fricke
Lawrence Hill
Pierre Jarawan
Blaise Ndala
Marion Poschmann
Melanie Raabe
James Raffan
Lutz Seiler
Patrick Senécal
Amy Stuart
Jesse Thistle
Jackie Thomae
Kim Thúy
Debra Thompson
Senthuran Varatharajah
Wiebke von Carolsfeld


German to French: Isabelle Liber
English to French: Émile Martel and Nicole Perron
German to English: Rachel Ward