Readings & conversations
Borderless Mountains

Left: Clemens J. Setz, Right: Norbert Gstrein
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Norbert Gstrein & Clemens J. Setz: Alpine Literature meets the Rockies

Margaret Greenham Theatre

Presented by the Goethe-Institut, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Toronto's International Festival of Authors 

How does a chosen literary setting affect story, characters, voice? European and North American authors read from their “mountain” works and discuss how region and home define their writing. The Goethe-Institut & Banff Centre invite two award-winning German-language authors for their Canadian debut to read from their works in translation and discuss with their local colleagues what mountain culture means to them. 


Saturday, October 28, 7:30pm
Norbert Gstrein, Clemens J. Setz and Berlin-based author Julia Franck will be in conversation. Julia Franck's participation is made possible by The Coalition of Women in Germany. 

Clemens J. Setz, born 1982 in Graz, described as “the prodigy of German literature” (Die Zeit) is one of the most acclaimed young European novelists and author of the novels “Indigo” and “Frequencies”. He is the winner of the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the Ernst-Willner-Award at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition in 2008, and “one of the highest hopes of German literature” (FAZ). For his complex and nuanced narratives his work is being compared to American postmodern novelists Pynchon and DeLillo. He lives in Graz, Austria.

Norbert Gstrein was born in 1961 in the Tyrolean Alps and studied mathematics in Innsbruck and at Stanford. At the 1989 Ingeborg Bachmann Festival, he won the Kärnten Prize for his work “The Jungle. A Prologue”. He is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, among them “The English Years” (1999), which won widespread critical acclaim in Germany and was awarded the coveted Alfred Döblin Prize. W.G. Sebald described it as “an exceptional work of prose fiction”. Other works include “A Sense of the Beginning” (2013). He is currently finishing his latest book, which begins and ends with Canada, out January 2018, from which he will read on his Canadian tour. With his novels, Norbert Gstrein has established himself as "one of the foremost raconteurs not only in the German-speaking world, but European literature as a whole" (FAZ). He lives with his family in Hamburg, Germany.
Curated by Jutta Brendemühl & Devyani Saltzmann

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Price: $20