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The second part of the travel literature festival “Beside the Spur” in Neuruppin is dedicated to the interplay of past, present and future.

"Travel literature combines and mixes factual with fictional, authentic with clever, entertaining chat," says Otto Wynen. That was already the case with Fontane. And that's what the organizers of the Neuruppin Fontane Festival mean by creative tradition. This world is so big that everyone - no matter how many vacation trips they take - can only get to know a tiny part of it. Literature, travel literature gives everyone a chance to become a citizen of the world.

Nine authors come to Neuruppin
Discover the world at "Next to the track"
Thu 24 August – Sun 3 September

Nine authors, together with well-known radio presenters, will organize the "Off the Track Festival" in Fontanestadt from August 25th to September 3rd.

Matthias Nawrat, who will be awarded the 2023 Fontane Literature Prize of the Fontanestadt Neuruppin and the State of Brandenburg on August 24th in Neuruppin, will be the first guest to enter the "Beside the Spur" stage in the old building on Friday evening, August 25th at 7 p.m Gymnasium in Neuruppin.

On Saturday, August 26, Anja Reich will be reading at 7 p.m. in the Old Gymnasium. The author was a correspondent in New York and Tel Aviv and received the German Reporter Prize for her reports.

On Sunday, August 27 at 3 p.m., Beliban zu Stolberg will be a guest at the Altes Gymnasium in Neuruppin with her debut novel “Zweistromland”.

The second week of the festival begins with a trip to Rheinsberg. On Thursday, August 31, at 7 p.m., Yvonne Zitzmann will be reading in the Kurt Tucholsky Literature Museum.

"Sibir" is the name of Sabrina Janesch's latest novel, which she will be presenting on Friday, September 1, at 7 p.m. at Café Hinterhof in Neuruppin. Radio Eins presenter Gesa Ufer will host the evening.

On Saturday, September 2nd, Michael Kröchert will read at 7 p.m. in the Café Hinterhof. Extensive travels took him to the Middle East, through Asia and Oceania.

At the end of the literature festival, the Fontane festival team invites you to the travel literature festival on Sunday, September 3 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Neuruppin church square at the Schinkel monument. Also present: three authors, three moderators, three brand new novels, saxophonist Uwe Weiksznorat, Temnitz writer Ariana Emminghaus, artist Rupprecht Matthies and the Fontane bookstore.

The first author of the festival at 2 p.m. is Annette Mingels. She lived in Switzerland, in Montclair (USA), Hamburg and San Francisco and in her novel “The Last Lover” tells of the disappearance of all security at the end of a long life.

At 4 p.m. Matthias Glaubrecht enters the reading stage. He is an award-winning non-fiction author, evolutionary biologist, historian of science, curator at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, founder of the Center for Natural History Hamburg and much more. A few weeks ago his biography "Adalbert von Chamisso - poet, naturalist, world explorer" was published, for which he received the Sigmund Freud Prize for Scientific Prose 2023.

And at the end of the literature festival at 6 p.m. there will be a witty and idiosyncratic story full of storytelling by Tomer Dotan-Dreyfus. The studied philosopher, author, poet and translator is coming to Neuruppin with his debut novel “Birobidzhan”.

(Program in German)

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