Sascha Lehnartz was born in 1969 in Remscheid. He studied comparative literature in Paris, Berlin, Santa Barbara and New York and obtained his PhD from Columbia University. He was an editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and collaborator for  Süddeutsche Zeitung-Magazin.
He now lives in Paris and works as correspondent for DIE WELT.


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Global Players-s



V. K. Ludewig was born to a master smith and a psychiatric nurse in Goslar. An early childhood experience – his birth – already proved to be defining: The gynaecologist who brought him into the world bore the name Dr. Frankenstein. Ludewig spent his childhood and youth in an idyllic village at the foothills of the Harz, in which a private psychiatric hospital even today is still the biggest employer. He loved to escape from reality by means of Hollywood horror movies from the 30's and 40's as well as all movies Marylin Monroe or Bette Davis played a role in (or even both of them – in All about Eve!).
After graduating from high school, he immediately headed for Berlin, where he studied English literature. During his studies he worked in classical student jobs with the exception of gastronomy – he could not remember the orders well enough. After finishing his master (his master thesis dealt with the metamorphoses of Dracula from Stoker to Coppola, another favourite subject was »the dead and deadly woman in English romanticism«) he ran an indie label devoted to love songs for several years.

To broaden the variety of his activities, he managed the public relations of a notable porn queen und wrote scripts for embarrassing TV shows. To get a little more of the »gothic« into his life, he accepted assignments as a ghost writer and had various book publications and collaborations as »Volker Ludewig«.
The novel Ashby House kicked off a new creative period, which is why he changed his author's name into »V. K. Ludewig«. The genre of »new gothic« feels like a homecoming to him. And the story with Dr. Frankenstein somehow makes sense now, too.


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Ashby House-s


Kerstin Lücker was born 1974 in the Palatine and grew up right at the German Weinstraße. She studied musicology, philosophy and Slavic Literature in Dresden, Brno (Cz) and Vienna and took her doctoral degree in music theory. She lives as a freelance author, translator and editor in Berlin.


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Gudrun Lerchbaum, born 1965, grew up in Vienna, Paris and Düsseldorf and studied philosophy and architecture. Together with her patchwork family, she lives in Vienna and works as a freelancer in the fields of architecture, graphics and art.
As of 2006, she writes novels and short stories, which were published in several small editing houses and anthologies. Her historical novel Die Venezianerin und der Baumeister will be published in january 2015 by Aufbau.


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Nili Landesman was born in 1966 in the Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar in Northern Israel. After military service, which she spent as a journalist at the army magazine Bamachane, she moved to Tel Aviv. There she worked for the popular magazine Ha´ir as a music journalist.
After that she became one of the trendsetting fashion journalists in Israel. During that period, she wrote two very successful novels. Moreover Nili Landesman wrote numerous TV scripts. Her third novel In good and bad times, her most ambitious book so far, was enthusiastically reviewed by critics and initially climbed the bestseller lists in Israel after publication.


Im Guten wie im Schlechten


Ann Mbuti was born in 1990. In her projects, texts, and radio features she is dealing with contemporary art and culture, and its potential for social change. Mbuti studied Journalism and Communication Sciences, German Literature, and Creative Writing in Zurich and Paris. She is a freelance author and journalist, living in Zurich. Her essays and articles are being published regularly in newspapers, magazines and exhibition catalogues.


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Daniel Mezger was born in 1978 in Switzerland. He studied acting in Bern, then worked for several years at theatres and now lives in Zürich. He studied at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel, where he now teaches regularly as a guest lecturer, and is the singer in the band A Bang And A Whimper. Mezger’s plays are staged in all German-speaking countries and were awarded with diverse prizes. With an excerpt from Land spielen he was invited to the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Competition. The novel was published in 2012 by Salis, was nominated for the Rauriser Literaturpreis 2013 and awarded with the Werkjahr of the city of Zürich. His current novel project Alles außer ich was awarded with a grant from the Pro Helvetia and the Werkjahr of the canton of Zürich and will be published in 2019 by Salis.


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Thomas Melle was born in 1975 in Bonn and lives in Berlin. He studied comparative literature and philosophy in Tübingen, Austin (Texas) and Berlin. Thomas Melle participated in the Ingeborg-Bachmann contest and his translation of the novel Whores for Gloria (de.: Huren für Gloria) by William T. Vollmann was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize. His novel Sickster was longlisted for the German Book Prize, 3000 Euro and Die Welt im Rücken reached the shortlist. In 2017 he was awarded the Klopstock Prize and became writer-in-residence of Bergen-Enkheim.


Die Welt im Rücken

3000 Euro-s

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Can Merey was born in 1972 in Frankfurt on the Main to a Turkish father and a German mother. He spent some of his school years in Teheran, Singapore and Cairo. Having studied social work, he first worked in this field in Aachen, then went to Istanbul to work as freelance journalist.
After that, he applied for a traineeship at the dpa (en.: German press agency). For them he worked in Istanbul and in Berlin in the Germany section and also as a correspondent on environment and consumers' protection issues. From 2003 till 2013 Can Merey was South East Asia correspondent for the dpa in New Delhi and has travelled numerous times to Afghanistan on research assignments. Ever since he is based in Istanbul, as head of department for the dpa.


Ewige Gast s

Die afghanische Misere


Thomas Medicus, born in 1953, studied German, political sciences and art history in Marburg/Lahn and earned his PhD in 1982. He worked as freelance journalist for outlets such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk and Baseler Zeitung, and as an editor fpr the Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin and the Frankfurter Rundschau. In 2001 and in 2006 he was a fellow of The Society of the Federal Republic at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.
In 2007 Medicus was Goethe-Munk writer at the Munk Centre for International Affairs at the University of Toronto. Since February 2008 Thomas Medicus is a visiting scholar at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research. He has been living with his family in Berlin for more than 20 years.



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