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Reading a book? Hollywood liest // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 27 November 2015 to 31 July 2016

Foto vom lesenden Groucho Marx zur Ausstellung: Reading a book? Hollywood liest

Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Ronald Reagan, James Stewart, Cary Grant or Clark Gable: many glamourous Hollywood stars often used books to convey a certain image. Books rarely played leading roles in films. But they were among the most frequently shown props. Yet now that books no longer represent learning and social status as exclusively as they once did, they are seen less and less on the big screen. The "film career" of books is reflected in the many stills and promotional photos of stars with a book in their hand - taken on set, at home, by the fireside, at the swimming pool, in libraries or hotel lobbies. The collection of photos compiled by Günter Karl Bose of movie stars from the 1920s to the 1970s in reading poses reveals a special piece of cinema history.
(Photo: Groucho Marx. Sammlung Günter Karl Bose)

"Wir brauchen einen ganz anderen Mut!" Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe // Exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 24 November 2015 to 24 March 2016

Photo: Stefan Zweig on his first trip to Brazil, Stefan Zweig Centre Salzburg

The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881 - 1942) spent the last eight years of his life in exile. In February 1934 he emigrated to England; in June 1940 he left Europe with his wife Lotte. They spent time in the US and in Brazil where they eventually took their lives together at the end of February 1942.
The exhibition of the Theatermuseum in Vienna, Austria, examines the life and work of Stefan Zweig through the prism of his exile. Of outstanding importance are two texts that were only written in his last years of exile: in his memoirs, "Die Welt von Gestern", Zweig conjures up the old Europe; in "Schachnovelle" on the other hand he explores the horror that sealed the fate of Europe. These two texts are the focus of the exhibition which was conceived by Clement Renoldner and created by Peter Karlhuber.

Thomas Kunst // "Freie Folge". Novel // Book launch and reading, with music // German National Library in Leipzig // Tuesday 1 December 2015, 19:00

Portrait von Thomas Kunst

Everyone is far from home in this wasteland. At the centre of this truly global chamber drama – set in a phone box on the edge of a forest, a disused sugar mill, a ghost town and an apartment in Los Angeles – is a young woman, Ihde, and her family.
Thomas Kunst, born in 1965 in Stralsund, now lives in Leipzig. Hitherto known above all as a poet, he has received numerous awards including the 2014 Merano Poetry Prize. He has composed his own soundtrack for the novel "Freie Folge". Ralf-Ingo Pampel will be accompanying the reading on the grand piano. (Photo: Maja Gille)

Event organised in cooperation with the publisher Jung und Jung.

Free admission, contact  to make a reservation.

Hate Poetry – an anti-racist reading show // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 17 December 2015, 19:00

Foto von der antirassistische Leseshow Hate Poetry

"If you’ve got a couple of Üs and Ys in your name, it doesn’t matter in what form or for which newspaper you write, you’ll receive a certain category of mail that colleagues with names like Müller and Schneider will never get." That is how Deniz Yücel describes the basis of Hate Poetry. He belongs to the team of journalists who for three years have been reading out loud some of the racist hate mail they regularly receive.
But Hate Poetry is more than just a reading, Hate Poetry is a happening. A smart, witty and light-hearted form of protest against everyday racism. A performance that uses the hostilities themselves to challenge hostility. (Photo: Thies Rätzke)

Event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933 – 1945 of the German National Library

Admission is free of charge. To reserve a place contact or phone: +49 (0)69 1525-1905

Licensing service for out-of-commerce works successfully launched

Lizenzierungsservice Vergriffene Werke - Foto eines Buchscanners

The German National Library has successfully launched its licensing service for out-of-commerce works (VW-LiS) as a contribution to the digitisation of literature of the 20th century. VG Wort granted use licenses for the first 352 titles in September. The German National Library can now make these works available via the Internet in digitised form.

Two texts, " Philo-Atlas: Handbuch für die jüdische Auswanderung" and "Auswanderungs-Vorschriften für Juden in Deutschland", have already been digitised and are now online. Both works were published shortly before the November Pogrom in 1938 and deal with Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany. The publications helped individuals to prepare for emigration. Today they provide information on bureaucratic and other hurdles which emigrants could expect to encounter.


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