Literary Readings Literaturlenz: Readings with Authors from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria

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Mon, 03/06/2017

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Marlen Schachinger, Antje Ravic Strubel, Simon Froehling

Hallo, Grüezi, Servus! Literature from the three German-speaking countries

Every year Literaturlenz brings together the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the Swiss and the Austrian cultural institutions for an evening of readings in German. Each author represents a unique voice in contemporary German-language literature. In 2017 we welcome Antje Ravic Strubel from Germany, Simon Froehling from Switzerland, and Marlen Schachinger of Austria. The reading will be followed by a discussion in English.

Marlen Schachinger will read from Martiniloben, Antje Ravic Strubel from Into the Woods of the Human Heart, and Simon Froehling from Lange Nächte Tag.

The Literaturlenz writers will also visit the University of Illinois at Chicago (March 7), the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (March 8) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (March 9), for readings with German students and faculty.

Simon Froehling was born in 1978 in Switzerland to an Australian mother and a Swiss father. He saw about ten of his full-length theatre and radio plays produced or published in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Australia, before graduating from the Swiss Literature Institute at the Bern University of the Arts in 2009. His BA thesis included the novel “Lange Nächte Tag”, which was published to critical acclaim by Bilgerverlag in Zurich the following year. Simon has received numerous awards for his work, most recently the Network cultural prize 2014 for his contribution to queer arts. His latest publication was an audio play for children, produced by Swiss national broadcaster SRF Radio 1 in 2016.

Marlen Schachinger was born 1970 in Upper Austria and works as a freelance writer in Lower Austria and Vienna. She received numerous literary awards and stipends – the most recent being the Würdigungspreis of Lower Austria and a stipend from LiterarMechana. She writes prose, lyric and essays for national and international literature journals and magazines.
Among her recent publications are »Martiniloben« (2016), »Unzeit« (2016), »Albors Asche« (2015), »denn ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach« (2013), »¡Leben!« (2013), »Marlen Schachinger & Betty Paoli. Autorinnen feiern Autorinnen« (2016), and »Werdegang« (2014). Her most recent anthology is »übergrenzen« (2015).
Marlen Schachinger leads the Institute of Narrative Arts in Lower Austria where she works as a lecturer. She also teaches comparative literature at the University of Vienna .

Antje Rávic Strubel is a writer and translator (Lucia Berlin, Joan Didion) living in Potsdam. Her novels are about the blind spots in our images of reality, about fleeing a country by hijacking an airplane, criminal writers,  sons who fall in love with their mothers, and women who fall in love with girls being boys, about the magic of nature and how language creates all that. 
She received numerous literary awards including the Herman Hesse Prize and was a finalist for the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Award.

Generously supported by Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Embassy of Switzerland in the United States, UIC, and the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago.
UIC ACF Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft Swiss Benevolent Society