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.


 Die Venezianerin-s


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


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.


Alles außer ich s




Sascha Macht was born in 1986 in Frankfurt (Oder). He studied at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. Member of the authors’ collective "Vereinigung 1. Februar". Publications of prose, poetry and playwriting in various anthologies and literary magazines (including Edit - Papier für neue Texte, Neue Rundschau, Sinn und Form and BELLA triste), along with regular contributions to the blogs Der untergehende Fisch and Edit Blog. Scholar of the artists’ house Lukas Ahrenshoop and the Brückner-Kühner foundation in Kassel. Since 2013, he works as scientific assistant at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig.


Der Krieg im Garten s


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 studies, political sciences and art history in Marburg/Lahn and got his PhD in 1982. He worked as freelance journalist for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk and Baseler Zeitung among others, and as editor at Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin and the Frankfurter Rundschau. In 2001 as well as in 2006 he was fellow of The Society of the Federal Republic at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.
In 2007 he 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. For more than twenty years, he has been living in Berlin with his family.


Nach der Idylle





After his studies (music, philosophy and teaching degree for medical grooming), Moritz Matthies decided to become a journalist. The undercover report Nimm mich mit about the Marburg animal shelter gained him a job as an editor at the Discovery Channel, where he was responsible for high-quality documentaries, among others the nature-film-oscar nominated movie Jip und Jep – zwei Affen auf dem Highway.
At the peak of his fame, he withdrew from public. Years of wandering. Matthies traveled to the German zoos and established himself as an author for zoo catalogues. In Berlin, he met Ray's kin, an acquaintance which inspired him to write the novel Ausgefressen.


Guten Morgen Miss Happy s

Matthies Letzte Runde s

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Margret Nissen was born in 1938 in Berlin as the daughter of Albert Speer, Hitler's architect and armament minister. After finishing school in 1957 in Heidelberg, she studied archeology but did not graduate. Since 1980 she works as a photographer, with special emphasis on exhibitions and documentations.


Sind Sie die Tochter Speer?


Matthias Oden studied history, political science, and ethnology. After completing a traineeship at the Financial Times Deutschland he worked as a journalist and later became editor of the lifestyle magazine Business Punk. He then was deputy editor at Werben & Verkaufen, a trade magazine for advertising and communication. He was awarded the Hans Strothoff Prize and the German Journalist Prize.


Die Krone der Elemente s




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