The Goethe-Institut, Banff Centre and the International Festival of Authors invite German authors to Canada to read from their works and discuss what mountain culture means to them. Join authors Clemens J. Setz and Norbert Gstrein as they discuss how region and home define their writing with Deborah Dundas. This event was curated by Jutta Brendemühl & Devyani Saltzman.
Presented in partnership with the Goethe Institut and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Norbert Gstrein was born in 1961 in the Austrian Tyrol, and studied mathematics at Innsbruck and Stanford, California. He is the author of The English Years, which won widespread critical acclaim in Germany and was awarded the coveted Alfred Döblin Prize. Supported by the Goethe-Institute.
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. Supported by the Goethe-Institute.