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The world of books is back at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele for the 24th international literature festival berlin (ilb) from September 5 to 14.

Literature enthusiasts can experience international authors up close in around 200 readings, discussions and workshops and discover exciting new publications.

Approximately 200 authors will present their works - plays, poems, prose and letters - at this year's ilb. Six sections structure the ilb program.

Literatures of the World:

Big names of the literary scene and the stars of tomorrow can be experienced by the audience in a very special setting. First, international writers will read from their original works, including several book premieres. Afterwards, actors will read the German translation. Later, in a moderated conversation, insights and outlooks will emerge, as well as exciting discussions, before there is a book signing at the end.


Always topical, always with an exciting cast. Authors, journalists, scientists and politicians discuss a wide range of social and political issues.


The ilb's retrospective commemorates well-known, misunderstood and forgotten authors of past decades and centuries with readings, lectures and discussions.

Science and the Humanities:

The latest scientific research is as much the focus here as socially relevant debates. A progressive nexus of diverse disciplines and nationalities.


Every year different, every year special. The ilb presents projects and events on selected special topics.


Authors who are unable to be present on site will be connected live or will have their say in pre-recorded talks. Selected events are also available as livestreams.

International Children's and Youth Literature:

Works that are remarkable in terms of literature and visual aesthetics will be presented. They deal with challenging and highly relevant topics such as self-empowerment, diversity and the confrontation with an uncertain future. The program brings to Berlin books that take young people and their concerns seriously, while pursuing narrative paths characterized by ambition and a willingness to take risks.
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